PIERRE—One of South Dakota's most effective legislators is the next recipient of the Eagle award for his work on open government. Sen. Corey Brown receives the honor from the South Dakota Newspaper Association at its state convention later this month. Brown, R-Gettysburg, is serving his eighth and final year in the Senate. He is term-limited after winning election to four consecutive terms. He decided against running for election to the state House of Representatives this year.
PIERRE—State government plans to spend up to $100,000 for the design of videos and flyers against methamphetamines, as part of a broadening response to the drugs' fierce dangers, the governor's legal counsel said Wednesday. Jim Seward said there would be conversations with state Attorney General Marty Jackley, and with state's attorneys in many counties during the coming months, to exchange thoughts about combating the spreading threat of methamphetamine abuse.
PIERRE—South Dakota newspapers would be allowed to charge 2 percent more for legal advertising such as public notices and minutes from government meetings, under a rules change approved Tuesday. The Legislature's Rules Review Committee gave the green light to the rate increase. The previous one came in 2007. The increase that year was 3 percent. South Dakota law places the authority with the state Bureau of Administration. The major organizations representing school boards, counties and cities opposed the increase at the public hearing held in January.
PIERRE—An expansion of elk hunting licenses for South Dakota this fall won final approval Tuesday from the Legislature's Rules Review Committee. The 2016 license totals are 443 for any elk and 1,255 for antlerless elk. They cover the Black Hills, prairie, Custer State Park and archery seasons. Those are increases from the 2015 totals of 430 for any elk and 500 for antlerless elk. The state Game, Fish and Parks Commission approved the changes Thursday after receiving a lot of public comments by email and letter and in person.
PIERRE—The scandal unfolding in Iowa, where software allowed some results to be rigged in multi-state lotto drawings, has added to concerns among South Dakota Lottery officials. They proceeded Thursday in requesting proposals for a security review of South Dakota Lottery facilities. The review also would cover the statewide video-lottery system and the statewide lotto jackpot system. Each separately connects with hundreds of private businesses. The scratch-ticket system also would be analyzed.
PIERRE—South Dakota could know by summer whether Gov. Dennis Daugaard will call a special session of the Legislature on expanding Medicaid eligibility. A member of the governor's Cabinet described the expansion preparation Monday as moving "full speed ahead." Social Services Secretary Lynne Valenti said five teams of tribal, state and federal government officials are working with healthcare providers on the operational plans She provided an update to members of the state Board of Social Services.
PIERRE — The attorney general knew months before the Platte killings on Sept. 17 that Mid-Central Educational Cooperative was under government scrutiny. He was told in a telephone conversation with...
BROOKINGS — A comprehensive approach to land acquisition for public use in South Dakota is coming to the state Game, Fish and Parks Department, according to the agency's top official. Secretary Kelly Hepler said Friday he wants the policy developed to cover the parks division, too. He told the Game, Fish and Parks Commission he wants a department-wide policy for analyzing needs and opportunities. Hepler's remarks came after the commission received a presentation about the policy and process developed by the Wildlife Division.
BROOKINGS – A pheasant management plan for the next five years in South Dakota received approval Friday from the state Game, Fish and Parks Commission. Commission members John Cooper of...
PIERRE—Video lottery establishments and city governments throughout South Dakota should be sent an official letter reinforcing the ban against smoking in those businesses, the state Lottery Commission decided Thursday. The commission's 7-0 vote came after a telephone conference with several people from Sioux Falls city government. Sioux Falls city attorney Keith Allenstein detailed several years of attempting to enforce the smoking ban in some of the video lottery casinos there.