PIERRE — Horse and dog racing might get a little more freedom in South Dakota. State government's Commission on Gaming is considering a variety of rule changes. One would lift a restriction on what are known as multi-jurisdictional totalizer hubs. The hubs currently must deposit all money from account holders in a state-chartered or federal-chartered bank that must be in South Dakota. The commission might remove the "in South Dakota" part. That would allow hubs to put the money in any institution that has a state or federal bank charter.
PIERRE — State government's Brand Board agreed Wednesday to recommend a $2.3 million budget that could end in a deficit for fiscal 2019. The hole is estimated at about $106,000. It results primarily from South Dakota's five-year renewal cycle for registering livestock brands. That's why some board members are talking to friends and neighbors in West River cattle country this summer about asking the Legislature to raise brand fees in 2018 or 2019.
PIERRE — NorthWestern Energy received additional time Tuesday to re-run its avoided-cost model and suggest what it might pay for electricity from wind farms Consolidated Edison Development might build in Brule, Aurora and possibly Davison counties. NorthWestern Energy attorney Al Brogan told members of state government's Public Utilities Commission his company could complete the work within two weeks. Con Ed lawyer William Taylor asked whether the commission wanted a firm deadline and whether his client would be allowed to challenge NorthWestern's number.
PIERRE — State government's Board of Regents wants central office staff and officials from South Dakota's two largest universities to bring a plan for closing the jointly operated Capital University Center in Pierre. Without taking a vote, the regents last week directed the plan should be ready for their next board meeting Oct. 3-5 at Dakota State University in Madison. The matter came to a head Thursday, during a long discussion about the university centers at Pierre, Sioux Falls and Rapid City, on the final afternoon of a three-day planning meeting in Pierre.
PIERRE – Last month, the Legislature’s Government Operations and Audit Committee received the first report on the first year of South Dakota’s tax credit program for insurance companies that contribute to an organization providing educational scholarships.
PIERRE — A current survey found two of South Dakota's three members of Congress, and several candidates seeking to succeed one of them, doubt the integrity of the federal immigrant-investor program. Known as EB-5, the program blossomed in South Dakota a decade ago under the sponsorship of state government. EB-5 now sits in political mothballs, put on hold by Gov. Dennis Daugaard. Daugaard's suspension of EB-5 came after a flurry of projects under his predecessor, Gov. Mike Rounds.
PIERRE — State government's Board of Regents cut through confusion Thursday and immediately established an audit committee and an athletics advisory committee. The regents had given initial approval at the June meeting that they be special committees attached to the board. But regent staff decided afterward the panels would function better as standing committees because of their permanent nature. The decisions Thursday temporarily designated them as special committees.
PIERRE — Butte County came into compliance with South Dakota's rules for emergency telephone services, state government's 9-1-1 coordinator said Thursday. That leaves four counties — Bon Homme, Marshall, Miner and Roberts — still working on loose ends, Shawnie Rechtenbaugh told members of the South Dakota 9-1-1 Coordination Board. Under a new state law, counties faced a July 1 deadline to meet the board's standards for operations and use of public safety answering points, known as PSAPs.
PIERRE — State government's Board of Regents decided Wednesday that University Center at Sioux Falls needs a community steering board as a step to increase students. The regents, who govern South Dakota's public universities, are trying to rebuild enrollment at the center located on the northwest side of Sioux Falls. Tuition revenue dropped significantly in recent years. It was nearly $6.4 million in fiscal 2013. By fiscal 2017 it was down to $4.5 million.
PIERRE — State government's Board of Regents opened a three-day planning session Tuesday afternoon by talking about what can be done differently by and for its members as they govern South Dakota's public universities. One suggestion: Evaluations, whether they be self-analysis, or performed by other board members, or rated by senior staff and university presidents. "It's a good checklist of what you have to be thinking about," regent Kevin Schieffer, of Sioux Falls, said.