PIERRE — South Dakota voters approved an amendment to the state constitution in 2006 requiring marriages could be between only a man and a woman. The tally was 172,305 yes and 160,152 no. The Legislature proposed the amendment in the 2005 session. Its prime sponsor was Rep. Elizabeth Kraus, R-Rapid City. House members approved sending it to the ballot on a vote of 55-14 and senators agreed 20-14. The amendment added two sentences to the state constitution: "Only marriage between a man and a woman shall be valid or recognized in South Dakota.
PIERRE — The state Transportation Commission received a pitch Thursday to make loans more frequently to counties and cities for road projects. Federal funds already can be used in South Dakota for loans on local projects that qualify for a federal secondary designation. But project developer Tobin Morris and state Transportation Secretary Darin Bergquist now suggest there might be a way to reach projects that don't meet the federal requirements. They said the state Department of Transportation could make loans from the department's state funds to such local projects. In turn, the sta
PIERRE — The advisory group took steps Wednesday to seek proposals from vendors for establishing and managing the debt collection management system for state government. The Legislature earlier this year gave Gov.
PIERRE — Her professional experience as an auditor and an accountant weighed strongly in favor of Laura McNally receiving a seat on the South Dakota Investment Council. McNally, a certified public accountant who lives and works in Belle Fourche, starts July 1 on the panel. "I like new things so I'm excited," she said. The council oversees the state Investment Office that manages billions of dollars for the South Dakota Retirement System, state trusts and other government funds. The Legislature's Executive Board selects a new council member each summer.
PIERRE—For South Dakota, the great recession of 2008 and 2009 continues to hang around. Enrollees in Medicaid and children's health insurance programs, which are funded by the federal and state governments, were at nearly 119,000 through April. That is the largest number in modern times. Our non-farm employment growth kept pace with the nation for the first few years coming out of the recession. But South Dakota fell off the pace in 2012 and 2013. We continue to lag. South Dakota's unemployment rate remains lower than the nation—3.6 percent vs.
PIERRE — Sexually transmitted diseases continued their fast spread in South Dakota during the first five months of this year, according to a report released Friday by the state Health Department. Through May, gonorrhea cases reached 404, a pace that would exceed last year's total of 891. The gonorrhea numbers increased every year of late. The disease was nearly half as prevalent in 2010 at 468. Chlamydia remained a widespread threat, with 1,598 cases through May. There were 4,170 in 2014.
PIERRE — More angles than in a pinball game seemed to be in play Wednesday on potential concepts for the state-owned railroad line between Napa Junction and Platte. Right now the track is stuck on tilt, however.
PIERRE—The South Dakota Railroad Board decided Wednesday to hold off final action on the latest bids for rehabilitating the state-owned line from Chamberlain to Presho. The board instead plans a special meeting at 1 p.m. June 25 in the DOT commission room in Pierre, when the members will discuss how to proceed. The board decided on two previous occasions to rebid the project.
PIERRE—A certified professional accountant will be the newest member of the South Dakota Investment Council that oversees how billions of dollars in pension savings and government accounts are managed. The Legislature's Executive Board recently chose Laura McNally, of Belle Fourche, for the next open slot on the council.
PIERRE — The prospect of regular railroad service starting again west of Chamberlain is stirring businesses to consider locating along that stretch of state-owned line. The state Railroad Board received requests in the past two months to lease land for construction of a new siding at Reliance and to sell land for construction of a new siding at Presho. The Warren Ranch seeks to build a pea-loading facility at Reliance. The switches on the main line at Reliance need to be replaced as part of the rehabilitation work that will be done this year and next year between Chamberlain and Presh