South Dakota conservatives stymied on high-profile bills by Republican Gov. Dennis Daugaard are eyeing the end of his last term in early 2019.
They’re betting their policies will fare better under either Republican front-runner in the race to replace the term-limited governor.
Daugaard vetoed legislation this year that would have let people carry concealed handguns without a permit. In 2016, he rejected a bill that would have restricted which bathrooms transgender students could use at school.
The two top Republicans to succeed Daugaard are Attorney General Marty Jackley and U.S. Rep. Kristi Noem. Both have already offered support for those ideas.
Backers have said they plan to wait until 2019 and a potentially more favorable governor before pushing them again.