PIERRE—A proposal moving through the Legislature calls for public notices to be posted for a longer period before state government public meetings. Current law calls for a continuous 24 hours for all public-meeting notices. State lawmakers are considering adding two intervening business days for state boards, commissions and departments. That sounds easy. What's complicated is how those two days would be calculated. The legislation, HB 1066, says the calculation should be based on the system used by the South Dakota state courts.
PIERRE—Sen. Brock Greenfield wants South Dakota voters to change how a U.S. Senate vacancy would be filled. Greenfield, R-Clark, proposed Wednesday that the Legislature would pick the replacement from its 105 members during a special session called by the governor. The chosen legislator then would serve as U.S. senator for the time remaining in the six-year term. Currently, the governor has the power to appoint a replacement.
PIERRE—A package of protections for elderly people in South Dakota against emotional and financial abuse won approval Wednesday from the state Senate. The vote was 35-0. SB 54 now goes to the House of Representatives. Sen. David Novstrup, R-Aberdeen, sponsored the legislation last year establishing the task force. David Gilbertson, chief justice for the South Dakota Supreme Court, had suggested the topic. "Some people have described elder abuse as hiding in plain sight or a silent crisis," Novstrup said.
PIERRE -- State government’s boards and commissions would need to post their meeting notices and agendas two days earlier, under a change approved Tuesday by the state House of Representatives...
PIERRE -- Without contention, the state Senate voted Tuesday to add a penalty to the existing crime of selling for research purposes the remains of most unborn or newborn children...
PIERRE -- The Legislature might require that health inspection reports be posted publicly on the Internet for facilities where legal abortions are performed in South Dakota. The House Health and...
PIERRE — The components of Gov. Dennis Daugaard's K-12 school funding plan received their bill numbers Tuesday. The half-cent increase in the state sales tax to 4.5 percent is HB 1182. The House Appropriations Committee is its sponsor. The Senate Appropriations Committee is sponsoring his three other bills on school funding. SB 131 sets a teacher target salary of $48,500 and establishes a teacher-students ratio for funding that would replace the per-student allocation used the past 20 years.
PIERRE — Some state legislators want formal ways to block international refugees from coming to South Dakota. Lawmakers in the coming weeks will consider two measures offered primarily by Republicans. One would establish a state office of refugees in the state Department of Social Services, allow individual communities to request they be closed to refugees one year at a time and let the governor declare a statewide moratorium on accepting refugees.
PIERRE — Some state lawmakers are pushing the South Dakota High School Activities Association in different directions this legislative session. Committee hearings on two of the proposals are set for later this week. The organization came under scrutiny during the past few years, first because of complaints in 2013 that its leaders didn't adequately share information with member schools — that's been corrected through an open-meetings law change — and then because of a transgender participation policy adopted in 2014.
PIERRE — Money doesn't guarantee votes, but the 2015 fundraising numbers said something Monday about the 2018 contest for the Republican nomination for governor. State Rep. George Mark Mickelson, of Sioux Falls, raised three times more money, and in less time, than state Attorney General Marty Jackley, of Pierre, did last year. The 2015 campaign finance report filed for Mickelson's political action committee Monday showed an ending balance of $558,641.79. The PAC received $583,244.05 in income and spent $24,602.26 from its Aug. 27, 2015, start through Dec. 31.