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March 29, 2016
OPINION: The fight against meth
On March 6, the United States lost a beloved First Lady. As partner to the most powerful man in the world, First Lady Nancy Reagan chose to devote her time in the White House to a cause that is as relevant today as it was when she announced it 30 years ago. This, of course, is Mrs....
March 29, 2016 - 3:47pm
March 28, 2016
Legislators decide vetoes on Tuesday
PIERRE—South Dakota legislators return Tuesday for the final time of the 2016 session to handle five vetoes issued by the governor. The governor suggested corrections and clarifications to two pieces of legislation through what are known as style and form vetoes. Those two bills...
March 28, 2016 - 10:24am
March 25, 2016
Gov. Dennis Daugaard signs tax credit school choice measure
PIERRE (AP) — South Dakota insurance companies would get tax credits for donating to private-school scholarships under a measure Gov. Dennis Daugaard signed into law Friday, providing the financial backing for a school-choice program that supporters say gives parents an opportunity...
March 25, 2016 - 4:44pm
Daugaard acts on final bills from 2016 legislative session
PIERRE (AP) — Gov. Dennis Daugaard has signed a bill that authorizes tax credits for contributions to help South Dakota students attend private schools, but rejected a plan that would have offered a property tax incentive to put in buffer strips between cropland and waterways. The...
March 25, 2016 - 12:54pm
Daugaard vetoes bill offering tax breaks for buffer strips
PIERRE (AP) — Gov. Dennis Daugaard has vetoed a bill that that would have offered landowners tax breaks for putting in buffer strips of vegetation between farm fields and waterways. The Republican governor rejected the bill Friday, saying that he's concerned it's unconstitutional...
March 25, 2016 - 11:50am
March 24, 2016
Buffer bill: What to know as Daugaard mulls whether to sign
SIOUX FALLS (AP) — Gov. Dennis Daugaard is weighing whether to sign a bill that would offer farmers tax breaks for taking cropland along waterways...
March 24, 2016 - 12:34pm
March 23, 2016
Gov. Daugaard appoints interim agriculture secretary
PIERRE, S.D. (AP) — South Dakota Gov. Dennis Daugaard has appointed an interim state secretary of agriculture. Daugaard says Dr. Dustin Oedekoven (OH'-deh-koh-ven) will be responsible for the state agency while the search continues for a permanent replacement for Lucas Lentsch,...
March 23, 2016 - 3:44pm
March 22, 2016
Daugaards hosting Easter egg hunt at governor's residence
PIERRE (AP) — Families looking for a place to hunt Easter eggs can set their sights on the South Dakota governor's residence in Pierre. Gov. Dennis Daugaard and first lady Linda Daugaard will host the 63rd Annual Elks Easter Egg Hunt on the residence lawn at 1 p.m. Sunday. Children...
March 22, 2016 - 10:41am
March 21, 2016
South Dakota governor signs tuition freeze bill into law
PIERRE (AP) — South Dakota Gov. Dennis Daugaard has signed a bill to freeze tuition at the state's public universities and technical schools. The House initiative uses $42.3 million in one-time spending to provide for the early repayment of four bond issues. That's expected to save...
March 21, 2016 - 5:43pm
Opponents worry school choice measure just the start
PIERRE (AP) — Opponents of a limited school choice bill on Gov. Dennis Daugaard's desk that would offer businesses tax credits in exchange for donations to private-school scholarships worry it lays the groundwork for a larger program that would siphon a significant number of students...
March 21, 2016 - 12:09pm
March 18, 2016
OPINION: The 2016 legislative session
The main run of the 2016 Legislative Session has just concluded. In nine intense weeks, state legislators have grappled with some of the most important issues facing South Dakota—everything from education, to hunting, to public safety, to transportation, to health care. Many...
March 18, 2016 - 10:29am
March 16, 2016
Gov. signs bill to strengthen grant oversight
The same day charges were announced against three individuals who allegedly mismanaged federal GEAR UP funding, Gov. Dennis Daugaard signed a bill to strengthen control over federal grants. Senate Bill 162 will result in the creation of a seven-member State Board of Internal Control...
March 16, 2016 - 5:02pm
March 9, 2016
Legislature sends government oversight overhaul to governor
PIERRE (AP) — The state Legislature has sent Gov. Dennis Daugaard a proposed overhaul of government oversight after a murder-suicide last year involving two employees of a Platte-based educational cooperative. The House voted 65-2 for the bill Tuesday. Daugaard has said the state...
March 9, 2016 - 12:57pm
March 8, 2016
$100K OK'd for USS South Dakota commissioning activities
PIERRE (AP) — South Dakota Gov. Dennis Daugaard has approved the appropriation of $100,000 to support activities related to the commissioning of a submarine bearing the state's name. Daugaard on Monday signed into law a bill appropriating the state funds. The money will go to the...
March 8, 2016 - 12:44pm
OPINION: A victory for South Dakota's children
This week, the South Dakota State Legislature gave final passage to House Bill 1182. This important legislation directs approximately $70 million to significant pay increases for our public school teachers, as well as instructors at the state's technical institutes. The bill also...
March 8, 2016 - 12:09pm