PIERRE — A state panel working to combat sexual abuse of children in South Dakota began consideration Tuesday about whether to ask the Legislature to require training in mandatory reporting for people in professions that often deal with young people. The Jolene's Law task force looked at the online program used in Arkansas as a possible model for South Dakota. Several panel members said there could be small amounts of federal funding available within the budgets of several departments of state government. "It is kind of a big issue," said Casey Murschel, of Sioux Falls.
PIERRE—The justices, judges and staff for South Dakota's Unified Judicial System won't be publicly taking sides on a proposal to enshrine victims' rights in the state Constitution. A petition drive began in recent days to put the victims' rights measure on the 2016 general-election ballot. One of the 19 provisions calls for restitution to be paid first to victims before paying any amount owed to the government. The UJS since before 2000 has followed a hierarchy that puts victims first in line for restitution, according to Greg Sattizahn, state courts administrator. Next come liquidat
PIERRE—The state Brand Board proposed a no-growth budget request for the coming fiscal year Wednesday and voted to consider asking the Legislature for authority to increase fees for various services in the years ahead. State law caps the fees the board charges for brand registrations, renewals and transfers and for livestock ownership inspections at sale barns, ranches and processors. The fees apply for cattle and horses west of the Missouri River.
PIERRE—The state Board of Regents agreed Tuesday that a tuition freeze should be the top budget request for South Dakota's public universities in the 2016 legislative session. The regents now hope that Gov.
PIERRE — The state Board of Economic Development made two low-interest loans Tuesday for expansions of existing businesses at Sioux Falls. The board voted to waive its rule limiting a loan to $1 million and approved a loan of $2.5 million for Gage Brothers Concrete Products Inc. The board also approved a loan of $778,000 for Bellmark Properties Inc. for its cardboard packaging line. As usual, the board considered the loans in executive session. There wasn't any discussion of either loan during the public portion of the meeting. The votes were 11-0.
PIERRE — The South Dakota Board of Economic Development approved rule changes Tuesday to ensure tribal governments could seek help from two of state government's grant programs. The next step is final clearance from the Legislature's rules review committee. The changes add tribal governments to the list of organizations and local governments eligible to apply for assistance from the economic development partnership fund and the local infrastructure improvement fund. No one sent written comments about the proposals, according to Aaron Scheibe, the deputy commissioner for the Governor's
PIERRE—South Dakota's new task force on excess surface water meets this week to begin discussing where the lines should be drawn for nine new natural-resource districts. The Legislature created the panel as part of calling for districts that would cover each of the major river basins. The group also will suggest the alignments for three sub-districts within each one. The river-basin framework came from the Legislature's previous advisory task force on watersheds. Lawmakers approved the concept earlier this year, but in a compromise, stripped out all tax authority and regulatory power
PIERRE—A decade later, concern that building state university centers in Sioux Falls, Rapid City and Pierre would hurt the six traditional state universities hasn't proven true. Instead, the state Board of Regents now faces tough decisions about what to do with the new campuses.
PIERRE — The decision by Paula Hawks to be a Democratic candidate for the U.S. House of Representatives means U.S. Rep. Kristi Noem, a Republican, will have an opponent in the 2016 election for South Dakota's only seat in the chamber of 435. Noem starts with big advantages. She holds the office, has been through four statewide contests and won all four, and is very much a Republican in a very Republican state.
ABERDEEN — The bald eagle won't be on South Dakota's list of endangered and threatened species any longer. The state Game, Fish and Parks Commission held a public hearing on the national bird's status during its meeting Thursday in Aberdeen. No one testified. The silence told a story of success.