PIERRE — South Dakota businesses that sell licenses for the state Department of Game, Fish & Parks could raise their handling fees under a proposal that is alive again in the Legislature. A House committee killed the plan last week but resurrected it Tuesday, amended it again Thursday and then endorsed it. Under the Tuesday version, businesses could have kept the handling fee at $2 or charge as much as $4 for the handling fee for a standard license. Under that version, the increase wouldn't have applied to licenses that GF&P sells over the Internet.
PIERRE — State senators rejected legislation Wednesday that would have helped cure flaws in the process for ballot measures. The bill received seven ayes and 28 nays.
PIERRE — State legislators are considering a new form of technology for people on parole in South Dakota who must have alcohol tests twice daily. State Attorney General Marty Jackley has asked lawmakers to allow portable breath testers. The legislation, SB 29, is one step away from final passage. The House of Representatives is scheduled to consider it today. The House Judiciary Committee gave its unanimous endorsement Wednesday. The Senate voted 30-0 for it Jan. 20.
PIERRE — There remains a chance the Legislature will grant additional funding for intensive methamphetamine treatment in South Dakota. The Joint Committee on Appropriations endorsed SB 43 Tuesday to keep it alive. "It's becoming a scourge," Sen. John Wiik, R-Big Stone City, said. There are seven business days remaining in the 2017 session's main run. Sen. Larry Tidemann, R-Brookings, said legislators could continue to look for other sources of money. There doesn't appear to be general funds available. The bill seeks $603,470.
PIERRE — If the governor agrees, businesses could deliver alcohol orders of $150 or more to customers in their communities starting this summer in South Dakota. The state House of Representatives voted 66-2 Tuesday to allow the service. No one spoke against it. Customers would still have to make the purchases in the stores beforehand. "You pay on-site," said Rep. Herman Otten, R-Lennox.
PIERRE — The ban against lobbying the Legislature would expand to two years and cover many more officials. The vote was 51-17. The legislation now goes to Gov. Dennis Daugaard for his decision whether to sign it into law. Rep. Larry Rhoden, R-Union Center, called it "a big step." He said it is part of the response to Initiated Measure 22. Republicans repealed IM 22 after voters approved its restrictions in the November election.
PIERRE — South Dakota voters should get an estimate of the potential cost if a constitutional amendment, initiated law or referred law passes, the state House of Representatives decided Tuesday. The vote was 47-21. The legislation, SB 77, now goes to Gov. Dennis Daugaard for his decision whether to sign it into law. The Senate had approved it 27-5. Its prime sponsor is Sen. Ernie Otten, R-Tea. "More information equals better decision-making," Rep. Don Haggar, R-Sioux Falls, said. The Legislative Research Council would prepare the estimate.
PIERRE — South Dakota businesses that sell licenses for the state Department of Game, Fish and Parks could raise their handling fees under a proposal that is alive again in the Legislature. A House committee killed the plan last week but resurrected it Tuesday. Under the latest version, businesses could keep the handling fee at $2 or charge as much as $4 for the handling fee for a standard license. Under the latest version of the legislation, the increase wouldn't apply to licenses that GFP sells over the internet.
PIERRE — One year after the governor used his veto to block a similar concept, the Legislature gave final approval Monday to the governor's broader plan for property tax incentives on agricultural land along lakes, rivers and streams that support fish life. The goal is to reduce agricultural runoff reaching waterways. The state House of Representatives voted 62-5 for the riparian buffer-strip measure. Minutes later Gov. Dennis Daugaard issued a thank-you on the Internet via Twitter, calling it "a bipartisan step forward."
PIERRE – The Legislature is considering tax rebates for telecommunications companies to expand high-speed Internet service to under-served rural areas of South Dakota. The state House of Representatives could take final action as early as Tuesday. A House committee gave its unanimous endorsement Monday. State senators have already voted 34-0 for the proposal, SB 71, from Sen. Ernie Otten, R-Tea.