PIERRE — A "games protection" package of changes for Deadwood card games received final clearance Tuesday from the Legislature's rules review committee. They came in response to complaints received last fall by the state Gaming Commission about possible cheating. "We took those allegations very seriously," said Larry Eliason, the commission's executive secretary. A key change prohibits the use of electronic devices by players to communicate with others while the players are at the card tables. They still can use devices to privately listen to songs or other recordings and broadcasts.
PIERRE — The question stopped coming after a few days.
One year after South Dakota lawmakers commissioned an outside review, the old senior managers are gone from the Legislative Research Council. The new executive director, Jason Hancock, starts Aug. 5. The Legislature's Executive Board put the rest of the new leadership regime in place before Hancock was selected. Among the changes, women for the first time are in several top spots, including the new post of deputy director. Hancock, the deputy chief of staff for the Idaho Department of Education, replaces Jim Fry as director. Fry, who was 65, resigned Sept.
PIERRE — State government might soon pay higher summertime rates for motel rooms. The state Board of Finance wants to increase the in-state lodging reimbursement for state employees traveling on official business. The current rate is $50 plus tax per night year-round. The proposal would establish a two-tier system. The rate would be $55 plus tax for the nine months from Sept. 1 through May 31. It would be $70 plus tax for the three months of June 1 through Aug. 31. If approved, the rate changes would take effect Jan. 1, 2015.
PIERRE — A legislative panel will consider issuing a subpoena in an attempt to force a witness to testify, its leader said Friday. Sen.
PIERRE -- Midstate Communications can run fiber along part of a state railroad line for free in order to reach a remote residence at Chamberlain. Midstate faced an application fee of $175 and an annual access fee of about $750, but the state Railroad Board granted a waiver. General manager Mark Benton and Greg Dean from the South Dakota Telecommunications Association made the request Wednesday. Benton said there wouldn't be sufficient revenue from the customer if the company had to pay the $750 every year. Dean said Internet service has come to be seen by many in the public as a right. Th
PIERRE — The South Dakota High School Activities Association paid nearly three times more than the $7,000 budgeted for audit services this year because of snags in two prior years. The state Department of Legislative Audit wasn't able to deliver the fiscal 2011 audit until July 23, 2012. State fiscal years run July 1 to June 30.
PIERRE — Biologists for the state Wildlife Division won't conduct an aerial survey of South Dakota's antelope herds this year. They know antelope numbers remain low and nothing is expected to significantly change in the weeks and months ahead. "It's pretty hard to spend that money flying pronghorns," Andy Lindbloom, a senior big game biologist, told members of the state Game, Fish and Parks Commission last week. Because the populations have declined so sharply, the commission is proposing that fewer licenses be offered to hunters for the 2014 rifle season scheduled to run Oct.
YANKTON — Spearfish Canyon in the Black Hills might be home to South Dakota's next state park. Homestake Mining Co.
PIERRE — South Dakota legislators can't receive additional reimbursement for purchasing technology devices, a member of the Legislature's legal staff said Monday. Attorney Doug Decker said a technology reimbursement would exceed legislator compensation limits already set by state laws and the South Dakota Constitution. Decker made his remarks to a subcommittee of the Legislature's Executive Board. "I don't think you have specific statutory authority to do this," he said. Sen.