PIERRE -- The state House of Representatives gave final legislative approval Monday to let Deadwood add a dollar to its nightly lodging tax. The vote was 39-31. House Speaker Brian Gosch, of Rapid City, ruled that the bill needed only a simple majority because it didn't directly raise a tax. The legislation, SB 98, now goes to Gov. Dennis Daugaard for his decision whether to sign it into law. It would allow Deadwood city officials to raise the occupancy tax per night to $3 from the present $2. The increase wouldn't apply in any other city in South Dakota.
PIERRE — Townships should not be allowed to charge a special tax levy for roads and bridges, a legislative panel decided Monday. The Senate Taxation Committee voted 5-2 to kill the measure, HB 1140. The House of Representatives had approved it 48-20 on Feb. 18. A similar proposal passed in the House but died in the Senate last year. The legislation from Rep. Burt Tulson, R-Lake Norden, sought authority for township residents at their annual meeting to approve up to 50 cents of tax per $1,000 of property value.
PIERRE -- The Legislature would stop earmarking specific numbers of waterfowl licenses for non-resident hunters in South Dakota, and the state Game, Fish and Parks Commission would receive additional authority to allocate them under a plan that received approval Monday by the state Senate. Senators voted 33-2 for the measure, which would repeal various current laws designating non-resident waterfowl licenses for specific areas and instead place that power with the state commission.
PIERRE — In their search for a new executive director for the professional staff, the Legislature’s leaders “would like to begin taking steps to achieve an appropriate balance” between the...
PIERRE — Motorists, beware. The 65 mph zone on Interstate 90 at Rapid City is about to be longer. The zone has been between milepost 55.2 on the west end...
PIERRE — The Legislature is one step away from approving the governor’s plan for funding public schools in the coming budget year. The House Appropriations Committee gave its unanimous endorsement...
PIERRE — State law already requires pregnant women seeking abortions to first visit a pregnancy care center that can't be affiliated with an abortion provider. A similar restriction might soon apply against affiliations with adoption services, too. The state Senate could vote as early as this afternoon on the legislation. If the Senate gives final approval, HB 1180 will go to the governor for his decision whether to sign it into law. The Senate Health and Human Services Committee endorsed the measure 7-0 Wednesday.
PIERRE -- Last year, South Dakota legislators deadlocked on providing pre-natal care to pregnant women who are poor and are illegally in the United States. One year and 195 births later, the issue is back this legislative session and the outcome seems just as uncertain. The House of Representatives voted 46-22 in favor on Feb. 10. The Senate Health and Human Services Committee voted 4-3 Wednesday to endorse the legislation's passage and referred it to the Senate Appropriations Committee for budgeting purposes.
PIERRE -- State officials have said repeatedly this winter there aren't any plans by the state Board of Education to adopt additional Common Core standards or any other multi-state standards for South Dakota schools. But just in case, a two-year moratorium won final legislative approval Wednesday. The House of Representatives voted 63-3 for the temporary ban. The state Department of Education supported the move, which its lead House sponsor, Rep. Jim Bolin, R-Canton, described as "a waiting period."
PIERRE -- It turns out the Legislature isn't done yet with the dilemma over public access to water over flooded private lands. In the process Rep. Brock Greenfield left the rest of the House of Representatives speechless Tuesday. House members voted 63-6 for his legislation that would close some waters to motorized vehicles. No one else spoke on HB 1208, which now goes to the Senate.