PIERRE -- No joke: Gov. Dennis Daugaard signed the highway and bridge funding legislation into state law Tuesday.
PIERRE -- The state Board of Finance held a public hearing Tuesday on increased reimbursement rates for a variety of meal and mileage expenses that state government employees incur on official duty. The board didn't receive any written comments about the proposal and heard from one person at the hearing. "We think it's been a long time coming," said Eric Ollila, executive director for the South Dakota State Employees Organization. The board, by law, must keep the comment period open for 10 additional days before making a decision. The consensus was that a special meeting could be held in a
PIERRE — Black Hills Power spent more than $5.9 million for tree trimming and removing other excess vegetation along 740 miles of overhead lines in its South Dakota service areas during 2013 and through November 2014, according to a report accepted Tuesday by state regulators. Those efforts represent the first two years of work by contractors for the company under a five-year plan that was established and approved in 2013 by the state Public Utilities Commission. The company intends to spend another $13 million for work along approximately 1,400 additional miles of power lines through
SIOUX FALLS -- Proposed standards for science education in South Dakota's public schools became the latest to receive criticism from some parents whose values are at odds with the direction of the state Department of Education. The state Board of Education held a public hearing Monday that was split between science professionals who strongly support the new standards and opposing parents who disbelieve climate change and evolution. State law requires the board to hold four public hearings on changes in school standards.
SIOUX FALLS — The state Board of Education decided unanimously Monday to raise tuition and fees for students at South Dakota's four public technical institutes. The board voted 7-0 to approve a total price of $145 per credit hour for the coming academic year that starts this fall. It currently is $137 per credit hour. That is a 5.8 percent increase, according to Tiffany Sanderson, director for the state Division of Career and Technical Education. Mike Carney, the president for Lake Area Technical Institute at Watertown, said the additional tuition and fees are about one-half of the a
PIERRE -- A variety of changes to South Dakota's elections law, including stiffer requirements for independent candidates and for any candidate to withdraw from the ballot, won passage Friday from the Legislature. The House of Representatives voted 50-16 and the Senate 26-7 to approve the package. The measure, SB 69, began as proposals from new Secretary of State Shantel Krebs and the state Board of Elections to provide an earlier window for candidates to circulate nominating petitions and to provide more time for court challenges of petition signatures. But the bill gradually gathered furt
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.