PIERRE — Sen. Corey Brown, R-Gettysburg, wants to increase the signatures of registered voters necessary for an initiated measure or a referendum. Brown introduced Senate Bill 166. It would straighten out some current confusion. The individual specific laws for a petition and for a referral require 5 percent of the qualified electors. Those would remain in place under Brown's proposal. He wants to change another law from the same chapter.
PIERRE — Gov. Dennis Daugaard said Friday he hasn't decided whether to attempt to revive his legislation that sought increases in licensing fees for lodging businesses, eateries and campgrounds. His remarks came one day after the Senate Commerce and Energy Committee voted 4-2 to kill the measure, Senate Bill 60. Daugaard said the package would have raised about $90,000.
PIERRE-- State Transportation Commission members gave their commitment Thursday to carrying out key pieces of the governor's plan for funding highways and bridges. The commissioners agreed they would use their authority to replace federal funds with state funds that would flow to local governments and provide more flexibility with fewer regulations. The commissioners, however, declined to specifically endorse Gov.
PIERRE -- The months when ditches can be mowed along state highways in South Dakota shouldn't change, the state Transportation Commission decided Thursday. A pheasant habitat work group that was convened a year ago by Gov.
PIERRE — The state House of Representatives overwhelmingly called upon the U.S. Supreme Court on Thursday to reassess and overturn its Roe and Casey decisions that legalized and upheld abortions nationwide. House members — 10 for and one against -- spoke for more than 40 minutes before the 60-10 vote in favor of the statement, which was made through a resolution brought by Rep.
PIERRE — The state Board of Education voted unanimously Thursday to charge a higher facility fee for students at South Dakota's four public technical institutes this year and raise the fee again next year. The increases call for an additional $2 per credit hour this fall and another $5 per credit hour in fall 2016. The facility fee has increased annually since fall 2007 when it was $10.50. The fee will be $30 this fall and $35 next fall. The increases will raise approximately $1,260,000 more annually when both take effect.
Three Republicans — Brock Greenfield, of Clark, Phil Jensen, of Rapid City and Deb Soholt, of Sioux Falls — joined the eight Democratic senators in opposing the resolution's adoption. The lead Senate sponsor, Republican Dan Lederman of Dakota Dunes, acknowledged the resolution doesn't have any legal effect. But he said it was an important step to assure citizens that South Dakota's state government is attempting to operate at the lowest level of taxation. Lederman said the purpose of a tax is to ensure each person receives a fair share while those who want more pay the cost thro
PIERRE — It's a new decade and so must be time to debate again how South Dakota's public technical institutes should be governed. This time, the proposal is to place the four institutes under the state Board of Regents. Rep. G.
PIERRE — Legislators agreed Wednesday that another year of work is needed toward rewriting the definition of agricultural land in South Dakota's property-tax laws. The Senate Taxation Committee set aside the latest proposal with the understanding the Legislature's task force on agricultural assessments would take up the issue again. A group of Pennington County landowners and officials brought a plan to the 2014 legislative session intended to help small agricultural producers and timberland owners. Their goal is change the definition of agricultural property so their parcels can qual
PIERRE — By a vote of 48-20 Tuesday, the state House of Representatives called upon Congress and the U.S. president to abolish the U.S. Department of Education. All of the resolution's supporters were Republicans. The opponents were a mix of Democrats and Republicans. The resolution's prime sponsor, Rep. Jim Bolin, R-Canton, reminded House members that now-U.S. Sen.