PIERRE — Proposed changes in state rules would significantly expand the roles of South Dakota's mediation program for agriculture borrowers and creditors. The program would be allowed to cover disputes involving federal land and oil and gas properties. The Legislature's rules review committee will consider the proposal Wednesday. Legislators adopted changes in state law in the 2013 session on votes of 70-0 in the House of Representatives and 33-0 in the Senate. The state Department of Agriculture is bringing the rules to implement the changes 20 months later.
PIERRE — Twenty-nine communities, water systems and sanitary districts received spots on South Dakota's state water plan Thursday for projects to be considered for financial assistance in 2015 and 2016. Placement on the plan is necessary for projects to be considered for state help such as grants and low-interest loans. The state Board of Water and Natural Resources oversees the plan and considers the funding applications. The board also endorsed asking the Legislature for money for two special appropriations. One request would be $7.7 million to help get drinking water to the city o
PIERRE — Republicans won more seats for their super-majority in the state House of Representatives in South Dakota's elections Tuesday. There will be at least 58 Republicans and no more than 12 Democrats. There is the possibility of one recount, after Rep. Paula Hawks, D-Hartford, edged former Rep. Bob Deelstra, R-Hartford, by seven votes. The House numbers for the 2013-2014 term have been 53 Republicans and 17 Democrats. Six new leaders in the House — four Republicans and two Democrats — will be chosen for the 2015 legislative session that opens Jan. 13. Rep.
PIERRE — Only a handful of state Senate seats changed parties in South Dakota’s elections Tuesday, and even fewer switched in the House of Representatives, as Republicans remained in total...
PIERRE — In a place where voters haven't backed a Democratic candidate for the White House in 50 years, Republican candidates know they have a winning card again this fall when they pick on President Barack Obama. No one has suggested he should come to South Dakota for U.S. Senate candidate Rick Weiland or U.S. House candidate Corinna Robinson.
PIERRE — The Libertarian candidate for the state office of school and public lands officially stopped his campaign finance activities, but his name remains on South Dakota's Nov. 4 election ballot. John English, of Sioux Falls, filed a termination report for his campaign committee on Sept. 13. The reason isn't known.
PIERRE — Citizens will have an opportunity to offer their views to the state Transportation Commission about whether South Dakota's rules on mowing highway ditches should be changed to better protect pheasants. The commission plans to hold a public-input meeting starting at 1 p.m. Nov.
The political deadlock in Washington, D.C., and the EB-5 immigrant-investor scandal in South Dakota came under the harshest attacks during a televised debate among the four candidates for a U.S...
Gov. Dennis Daugaard said Wednesday he opposes minimum wage laws and voted against the measure that is on South Dakota’s election ballot this fall. Daugaard, a Republican, made his remarks...
PIERRE -- Every time someone talks about expanding legal gambling in South Dakota, part of me asks, why not? Another part of me cringes and asks, why? The answers are the same to both questions. Their losses mean free money for the state treasury. Gov. Dennis Daugaard hardly seems like a gambler. Yet South Dakota has more gambling than before he was elected four years ago. One change is at tribal casinos. Daugaard is agreeing to more slot machines as various tribal governments' gambling compacts come up for negotiation. The latest is the Oglala Sioux Tribe.