PIERRE — The Legislature might need a special session in 2017 if voters approve constitutional amendments on Nov. 8 to change how legislative districts are drawn and to convert South Dakota to non-partisan elections, some state officials said Friday. Secretary of State Shantel Krebs, whose office oversees elections, said Constitutional Amendment T calls for a new nine-member commission to re-draw legislative districts in 2017, again in 2021 and then every 10 years after.
PIERRE — The mess that Secretary of State Shantel Krebs inherited when she took office in January 2015 is proving troublesome during a federal audit now under way. The audit is looking at how South Dakota had used hundreds of thousands of dollars received through the federal Help America Vote Act (HAVA) program established after the 2000 presidential election. Documents from the past needed for the audit aren't available in some instances and some past spending is under question whether it was allowable, according to Krebs.
PIERRE – The state Water Management Board dismissed petitions Thursday from George Ferebee of Hill City that challenged county and city authority to regulate pit privies and cesspools constructed prior...
PIERRE – The state Board of Elections recommended a variety of changes Thursday to South Dakota’s ballot measure procedures. The Legislature will consider the proposals in the 2017 session that...
PIERRE — The new state board created in the wake of the EB-5 and GEAR UP scandals made progress Wednesday in trying to choose questionnaires for government agencies to use when gauging the trustworthiness of applicants for government grants and contracts. The panel's members seemed to settle on the general position a state questionnaire for assessing risk should be used if the federal government doesn't require a specific one.
PIERRE — A year ago in September a lawyer representing Rick Melmer and Keith Moore sent a letter to me warning I shouldn't lump his clients with Scott Westerhuis. This was after the deaths of Scott and Nicole Westerhuis and their four children in their home south of Platte. I offered several times to meet any time and any place with Rick Melmer and Keith Moore to talk about their roles in the GEAR UP matter. They had been paid to serve in an oversight capacity for the GEAR UP program being run through Mid Central Educational Cooperative at Platte by Stacy Phelps.
PIERRE – Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump will have the Electoral College votes of all three Republican electors for South Dakota. State Attorney General Marty Jackley confirmed Tuesday he would...
PIERRE — As the state Board of Regents prepares to ask the Legislature in 2017 for additional tuition assistance for all students, four of the state universities are asking to increase mandatory fees by hundreds of dollars on every student. The regents considered the requests for fee increases last week during their meeting in Aberdeen at Northern State University. The regents are scheduled to get more information at their December meeting and would make their decisions on the fees in March 2017.
The state Board of Regents, whose members govern South Dakota's public universities, don't want former students to lose their driver licenses over debts owed to the campuses. That's despite a 2015 law that allows the driver license for any South Dakotan to be revoked eventually if debt owed to any part of state government stays unpaid. The regents don't know at this point what they can do. They backed away this past week from a work-around agreement that an official for the universities system had negotiated.
MOBRIDGE — The state Game, Fish and Parks Commission learned Friday that zebra mussels have quickly overtaken Lewis and Clark Reservoir on the Missouri River near Yankton, and the invaders nearly found their way into Belle Fourche Reservoir last month aboard a dredging company's barges. State fishery director John Lott said some GF&P employees have been inspecting and disinfecting boats when they come out of the water at Lewis and Clark Reservoir so the zebra mussels aren't carried to other waters of South Dakota.