Faculty, staff, and students will have the opportunity to hear from legislators at crackerbarrels scheduled Saturday, Feb. 16.

The Spearfish Area Chamber of Commerce’s Government Affairs Committee will host a crackerbarrel Saturday, Feb. 16 at 10 a.m. in the Marketplace of the David B. Miller Yellow Jacket Student Union on the campus of Black Hills State University. Sen. Jerry Apa, Rep. Charles Turbiville and Rep. Tom Hills have been invited to participate. Following the opening remarks by each legislator, the public will have the opportunity to ask questions and make comments on legislative issues.

The Rapid City crackerbarrel will be from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. at the Didier Educational Center in the Classroom Building at the School of Mines and Technology. Sen. Tom Katus, and Reps. Ed McLaughlin, Mark Kirkeby and Brian Dreyer, will be the featured speakers the crackerbarrel session. Rapid City will have another crackerbarrel Feb. 23 at the same time and location. Featured speakers that week will be Dennis Schmidt, David Lust and Brian Gosch.

Crackerbarrels are held to afford the public the opportunity to visit with local legislators and become more informed on political issues facing the state. There are several bills under consideration that will have a great impact on higher education. A bill to establish science facilities, which includes an $8 million science building at BHSU, is being considered. In addition, a bill to establish a West River Higher Education Center in Rapid City remains under discussion. A bill to allow guns on campus may also be resurrected for further discussion. For more information contact Corinne Hansen at 642-6215