A South Dakota panel defeated a proposal Wednesday to suspend refugee resettlement from six Muslim-majority countries and North Korea after taking more than two hours of testimony.

The Senate State Affairs Committee on an 8-1 vote deferred Senate Bill 200 to the 41st legislative day, effectively tabling the bill that would give the Legislature veto power over refugee resettlement from those coming from countries on President Donald Trump's travel ban list.

The proposal drew dozens of supporters and opponents to the hearing that packed full a committee room in the Statehouse.

The measure's supporters, including author Sen. Neal Tapio, R-Watertown, and three others, spoke to perceived holes in the federal immigration system.

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