PIERRE — There is a new member for South Dakota's official panel that screens applicants and makes recommendations to the governor for appointing circuit judges and state Supreme Court justices. Jim Seward will start a four-year term on the Judicial Qualifications Commission effective July 7. Gov. Dennis Daugaard chose Seward, who is Daugaard's legal counsel and aide. Daugaard's appointment of Seward comes at an important time. Supreme Court Justice John Konenkamp, of Rapid City, has submitted his official intention to retire Dec.
FORT PIERRE — Not everyone is pleased that some South Dakota licenses for hunting antelope will be available to non-residents this fall. John Simpson, of Pierre, didn't speak directly to the state Game, Fish and Parks Commission at the public hearing Tuesday, but he made his opinion known. "It makes no sense to reduce resident tags and increase non-resident tags," Simpson wrote to the commission. He said hunting guides drove the decision to designate some antelope licenses for non-residents. There will be 2,705 single-tag licenses available for South Dakota residents and 61 single-ta
FORT PIERRE — Expect fewer licenses and fewer tags for fall turkey hunting in South Dakota this year. The state Game, Fish and Parks Commission discussed the 2014 season regulations Tuesday but delayed final approval. The commission decided to amend the proposal by limiting the number of licenses to two for any hunter. The limit is currently five. The commission will consider the two-license matter at its August meeting. Commission member Barry Jensen of White River suggested the change. "That's in light of the numbers this year.
FORT PIERRE — The operator of a Seneca pheasant hunting business asked Tuesday that hunters be allowed to take 30 roosters per day at South Dakota preserves. The current limit is 20.
FORT PIERRE — Anglers found success this spring and early summer in South Dakota.
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.