PIERRE -- Video lottery establishments will remain limited to 10 machines apiece in South Dakota, the state House of Representatives decided Monday. House members voted 44-26 against an expansion plan that would have allowed 15 machines, with the additional five needing to use new technology. The defeat of SB 180 was the second major setback for the South Dakota Lottery Commission and Gov. Dennis Daugaard this session on video lottery issues. Earlier in the session House members blocked an increase of the bet limit from $2 to $5.
PIERRE -- State and local governments in South Dakota would be prohibited from contracting with any private company for red-light traffic camera services under a measure that received final legislative approval Monday. The House of Representatives voted 64-6 in favor. HB 1100 now heads to Gov. Dennis Daugaard for his decision whether to sign it into law. The prime sponsor is Rep. Peggy Gibson, D-Huron. She said a government could still spend "millions of dollars" for its own device if there was support.
PIERRE -- High schools across the state face a vote next month about restricting representation on the South Dakota High School Activities Association board of directors. An amendment is proposed...
South Dakota elk hunters would compete for slightly fewer licenses for bulls but would see more licenses for cows available under the 2014 proposals for the Black Hills, prairie and...
PIERRE -- The Legislature's desire to gain a better balance of power with the executive branch in South Dakota can be easily achieved. That is, if lawmakers are willing to put in more time during the nine months outside of legislative session and pay themselves more for working more. And if they are willing to spend more on more staff, more interns, more research and more communications. That is a lot of more. The legislative branch of state government holds the power to appropriate, and therefore holds the answer to the challenge.
PIERRE -- The Legislature has spoken: South Dakota should have an official mining museum and it should be no place but Lead. And it should come with no expectations of receiving any state funding, ever. The state House of Representatives gave final legislative approval to that designation Thursday for the Black Hills Mining Museum. The 67-0 vote marked the second and final time the House considered the bill sponsored by Rep. Timothy Johns, R-Lead.
FORT PIERRE -- Boaters in South Dakota will want to heed the manufacturer's capacity plates on their watercraft or risk running afoul of law enforcement. The state Game, Fish and Parks Commission adopted a new rule Thursday against overloading. It makes illegal the operation of any boat beyond its stated capacities for persons, weight and total horsepower. The Legislature's rules review committee will decide in the coming weeks whether to give the go-ahead for it to take effect.
PIERRE -- Wheat Growers CEO Dale Locken told another group of South Dakota legislators Thursday about his company's plans if the state-owned railroad line that runs west from Chamberlain is rehabilitated. He said the Aberdeen-based company will invest $40 million at Lyman for a grain loading and fertilizer distribution center once heavy rail reaches there from Chamberlain. Wheat Growers has operations in 37 communities and 600 employees serving some 17,000 farmers, according to Locken.
PIERRE -- The Legislature is ending its management of waterfowl licenses for non-resident hunters in South Dakota and is shifting nearly all responsibility back to the state Game, Fish and Parks Commission. The decision comes after more than a half-century of controversy about how many people from outside South Dakota can hunt ducks and geese here. Non-residents were banned from 1947 to 1969. The current legislation, HB 1185, delegating more authority to the commission is now on its way to Gov. Dennis Daugaard for his decision whether to sign it into law.
FORT PIERRE -- South Dakota's archery deer season might open two weeks earlier under a proposal made Thursday by the state Game, Fish and Parks Commission. The commission's decision came in response to a formal petition from the South Dakota Bowhunters organization asking that the season open on the second Saturday of September. The season normally starts on the fourth Saturday of September. A public hearing on the proposed change will be at 2 p.m. April 3 when the commission next meets at Cedar Shore Resort at Oacoma.