PIERRE — State Senate leaders indicated preliminary interest Friday in possibly banning public bodies from casting votes by email, text and other digital messaging. The lawmakers' comments came as they killed a proposal from the South Dakota Newspaper Association that would have defined digital voting as a teleconference. Teleconferences already are subject to state open-meeting requirements. But members of the Senate State Affairs Committee rejected the legislation on a 5-2 vote. Every one of the senators said they understood the intent but almost every one of them also was concerne
PIERRE -- South Dakota is on the way to starting a state program that will offer mediation services in drainage disputes. The state House of Representatives gave final legislative approval Thursday on a 67-1 vote. The Senate had approved it 32-2 on Feb. 25. The legislation, SB 3, now goes to Gov.
PIERRE -- A state lawmaker tried to bring clarity Thursday to the emotionally raw struggle over expanding South Dakota's legal definition of a veteran. Sen.
PIERRE -- The Nov. 4 decision by local voters to change their county's name from Shannon to Oglala Lakota completed its official recognition Thursday by the Legislature, as the state Senate gave final approval to the required joint resolution. The 32-2 tally followed a 64-5 vote by the House of Representatives on Feb. 18. The resolution's prime sponsor is Rep. Kevin Killer, D-Pine Ridge, who worked on the petition drive that collected the necessary signatures to put the matter on the ballot. Sen. Jim Bradford, D-Pine Ridge, was the resolution's lead sponsor in the Senate.
PIERRE -- The state House of Representatives gave final legislative approval Thursday to change a South Dakota law that kept a judge from removing two arrests from a man's record after they were dismissed. Gov. Dennis Daugaard now faces the question whether a prosecutor's consent should continue to be needed for a judge to expunge arrests if they ended in dismissal or acquittal or weren't prosecuted within one year. The legislation, HB 1134, seeks to remove the consent requirement. The prime sponsor is Rep. Dan Kaiser, R-Aberdeen.
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.