PIERRE -- The state Senate Education Committee granted the request from Rep. Mark Mickelson and killed his legislation Thursday that would have permitted school districts to designate some of their capital outlay taxes for technical schools. Mickelson, R-Sioux Falls, said he found that officials representing three of the school districts with technical schools -- Mitchell, Watertown and Rapid City -- didn't support the legislation. Those three school districts are already using their capital outlay tax at its maximum.
PIERRE — Almost every member in the state House of Representatives gave support Thursday to a financing package for improvements and updates of Custer State Park. The House voted 65-4. The Senate approved it 34-0 on Feb. 25. SB 50 now goes to the governor for his expected approval. "Not sure what county it's in, but it's near Custer," Rep. Jeff Partridge, R-Rapid City, joked. The legislation provides $11.5 million of bonding authority and provides cash up front to start the work. The bonds would repay the appropriation.
PIERRE -- Without a word of debate or explanation Tuesday, the state Senate approved legislation that would ban unlawful self-dealing by state government officers employees in South Dakota, unless they had official written authorization on public file. The ban would extend for one year after they leave state employment and would cover contracts and benefits derived from the contracts. The measure, HB 1064, was approved as part of a group of five bills on the Senate consent calendar.
PIERRE -- After years of struggle, victory arrived Tuesday afternoon for South Dakota producers of raw milk for human consumption. The state House of Representatives gave final legislative approval to a package of proposed changes in South Dakota's dairy laws. They specifically recognize raw milk for human consumption. It already was legal to sell to consumers at the place of production but lacked its own category in state dairy laws. The House vote was 65-2. The Senate had approved it 30-4 on Jan. 29. The measure now heads to Gov.
PIERRE -- Motorists passing bicyclists in South Dakota would need to allow specific distances between their vehicles and the bicycles, under a measure that received final approval Tuesday by the Legislature. The state Senate voted 27-7 in favor. HB 1030 now goes to Gov. Dennis Daugaard for his consideration. It calls for at least three feet between the right-most part of the vehicle and the bicycle, and at least six feet between them on roadways where speed zones are above 35 miles per hour. "People are realizing the importance of this," Sen. Mike Vehle, R-Mitchell, said.
PIERRE -- The state Senate quickly passed legislation Tuesday that would allow motorists on South Dakota's two-lane highways to drive 10 miles per hour over the 65 mph speed limit while passing another vehicle. The vote was 34-0. The measure, HB 1124, now heads to Gov. Dennis Daugaard for his consideration. The state Department of Public Safety supports the change. Sen. Brock Greenfield, R-Clark, said the extra 10 mph would reduce chances of a collision because the passing vehicle can return to its lane sooner. "It's a safety measure.
PIERRE -- A state Senate committee holds a hearing today on changes that would apply throughout South Dakota for local planning and zoning decisions on conditional-use permits. The legislation, HB 1201, won approval last week in the state House of Representatives. The key change would reduce the threshold for conditional-use decisions. It would be allowed to become a majority of board members present. The root of the fight is about the relative ease or difficulty for more large agricultural production facilities to be built. "We need new and fresh ideas in South Dakota," Rep.
FORT PIERRE -- Pam Roberts, of Pierre, officially became the new chairwoman for the South Dakota Republican Party on Saturday. She follows Craig Lawrence, who was chairman for the past two years. Republicans swept every statewide elected office in 2014 for the first time in 50 years. Gov.
PIERRE -- Black Hills Power received permission from state regulators Monday to increase the company's electricity rates by an average of 4.35 percent for South Dakota customers. They will pay nearly $6.9 million more annually.
PIERRE — Here are two numbers that stuck out from a state Senate debate last week. Some 10,000 students now receive their K-12 education from private schools and home schools in South Dakota, according to Sen.