PIERRE – South Dakota Secretary of State Shantel Krebs is considering a second request from the presidential advisory commission on election integrity for South Dakota voter registration data, an aide to Krebs said Friday. The July 26 request differs from the previous one because it promises voter information won’t be released to the public, according to spokesman Jason Williams. “The commission also stated in the second letter that they were no longer requesting personal identifying information such as Social Security numbers, driver
PIERRE — It’s hard to know what the state government’s Board of Regents covered in so many executive sessions during past decades. What could be seen, however, was regents routinely spend as many hours behind closed doors as in public session. The regents have enormous duties. They are the governor’s appointees who spend their spare time managing nine university campuses in eight cities.
PIERRE — A grain company based in Rapid City wants to buy a slice of land that state government owns at Presho. Dakota Mill and Grain President Brian Hammerbeck outlined the company's plan Wednesday to state government's Railroad Board. The company wants to build a siding for grain loading. The board voted 5-0 to proceed to an appraisal to determine land value. Board member Jerry Cope, of Rapid City, grain-marketing manager for the company, recused himself from the discussion.
PIERRE — State government filed a civil lawsuit this week seeking more than $4 million from the Mid-Central Education Cooperative in Platte and its 14 public school districts. The dispute involves Mid-Central’s past management of GEAR UP program, a federal program. It is intended to help students from lower-income households complete their high school degrees and succeed next in higher education.
PIERRE — The Legislature's deadlock over raising child support rates might have broken Wednesday. The House Judiciary Committee gave its endorsement to the latest version that caps the increases at 4 percent. They would be the first increases since 2008. "I still believe these rates are inadequate but they are the best we can do at this time," Rep. Craig Tieszen, R-Rapid City, said. The committee vote was 11-1. Next step is the House of Representatives.
PIERRE — The state House of Representatives gets the first crack this week at the governor's proposal to raise the sales tax by one-half cent to pay for larger salaries for teachers and to provide property tax relief. House Speaker Dean Wink, R-Howes, on Friday afternoon assigned the tax-increase legislation to the House Committee on Appropriations. The committee's chairman, Rep. Justin Cronin, R-Gettysburg, immediately scheduled the bill hearing for Monday afternoon (Feb. 8) at 3 p.m.
PIERRE – A key piece of what eventually could be a new Spearfish Canyon state park moved into place Thursday. The state Game, Fish and Parks Commission voted unanimously Thursday...
PIERRE – The state Game, Fish and Parks Department is turning to a Massachusetts consulting firm to analyze conditions for the private concession businesses that operate in public facilities at...
PIERRE – A few people sent letters on opposite sides but no one personally testified Thursday at a public hearing on whether South Dakota should specially designate big-game hunting licenses...
PIERRE—Gov. Dennis Daugaard said Monday he supports counting other funds received by school districts, such as traffic fines, wind turbine taxes, federal impact aid and bank taxes, as part of an effort by local governments to calculate state aid to public schools. Past attempts at making that change failed in the Legislature. He said it makes no sense to have a formula that attempts to equalize taxpayer support per student when some of the funds are outside the formula. "What's unfair is what's happening right now," he said.