House Speaker “Disturbed” By Sexual Assault Allegations

News of sexual assaults and harassment during legislative sessions is disturbing to House Speaker Mark Mickelson of Sioux Falls…

NARAL lobbyist Samatha Spawn says she was raped after an evening event during the session this year in Pierre. She decided not to report the assault to police.  Mickelson says there are ethics rules in place governing behavior during the session…

Mickelson says those issues are not brushed aside…

Senator Angie Buhl-O’Donnell of Sioux Falls said she was harassed by a fellow legislator, who later apologized.