PIERRE -- State tax revenues aren't running as strong as had been expected, and that meant less money Thursday from the Legislature for two Black Hills projects. House and Senate negotiators settled on $750,000 for continuing to battle infestations of mountain pine beetles. The amount originally sought by Sen. Bruce Rampelberg, R-Rapid City, was $1,950,000. It had been amended down to $500,000 before arriving at $750,000. "I just want to add a word of thanks," Sen. Craig Tieszen, R-Rapid City, said. House and Senate members also agreed on the full $3.95 million requested by Gov.
PIERRE -- Deep reluctance by many of the members didn't stop the Legislature from giving Gov.
PIERRE — South Dakotans soon might be able to legally carry concealed pistols in more states because of work by Rep.
PIERRE -- New projects for wind power in South Dakota would pay lower taxes under a plan that received final legislative approval Wednesday. "We'll be competitive with North Dakota. We'll be right there with Minnesota," Rep.
PIERRE -- Legislation that creates a new system for water management in South Dakota, with local boards to be elected from nine major river basins, received final approval Wednesday from the state Senate. The next stop for SB 2 is the desk of Gov. Dennis Daugaard. He is expected to sign it into law, according to Sen. Jason Frerichs, D-Wilmot. Frerichs served as the primary spokesman in the Senate for the plan, which was developed by the Legislature's watershed task force that has met the past three years. House Republican leader Brian Gosch, of Rapid City, chaired the task force.
PIERRE -- A majority of state senators barely rejected a final attempt Tuesday to debate the transgender participation policy adopted last year by the South Dakota High School Activities Association. Sen.
PIERRE -- South Dakota's secretary of state would become responsible for determining the validity of registered voters' signatures on statewide candidates' nominating petitions, under a change that received final legislative approval Tuesday. The state House of Representatives voted 68-0 for the measure, SB 68. It requires the secretary of state to conduct checks on a 5 percent random sample of the signatures. The Senate had previously approved it 34-0 on Jan. 22. The legislation now goes to Gov. Dennis Daugaard for his decision whether it should become law. Rep.
PIERRE — Today we talk NCLB, and LGBT, and ACA. They are also known as — aka — No Child Left Behind, lesbian gay bisexual transvestite and Affordable Care Act. Sometimes change finds South Dakota naturally. Sometimes the federal government or other state governments force changes. The important thing is, pay attention when the changes arrive.
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 -- The House of Representatives agreed with Senate amendments to a measure that would allow cities and counties the option to approve conditional-use permits with a majority of the board members present. Current law requires a two-thirds majority of the total number of board members. The House vote was 50-12, as the prime sponsor of HB 1201, Rep.