PIERRE -- House Democratic leader Bernie Hunhoff said Monday he can support allowing video lottery establishments in South Dakota to have more machines. But he wants state funding to be more easily available for addiction services. The Yankton lawmaker proved to be the key swing vote Monday as a House committee endorsed the expansion on a 7-5 vote. The full House of Representatives could consider the legislation as early as this afternoon.
PIERRE -- Information collected in schools about South Dakota students must be limited, and restrictions must be placed on sharing the data, the state House of Representatives decided Monday. House members voted 70-0 for the legislation from Sen. Ernie Otten, R-Tea, and Rep. Jim Stalzer, R-Sioux Falls. SB 63 is now in its fourth version and needs to return to the Senate for further consideration. The Senate passed the measure 34-0 on Jan. 23. According to Rep. Jacqueline Sly, the bill hasn't received a single vote of opposition so far.
PIERRE -- The state House of Representatives gave final legislative approval Monday to let Deadwood add a dollar to its nightly lodging tax. The vote was 39-31. House Speaker Brian Gosch, of Rapid City, ruled that the bill needed only a simple majority because it didn't directly raise a tax. The legislation, SB 98, now goes to Gov. Dennis Daugaard for his decision whether to sign it into law. It would allow Deadwood city officials to raise the occupancy tax per night to $3 from the present $2. The increase wouldn't apply in any other city in South Dakota.
PIERRE — Townships should not be allowed to charge a special tax levy for roads and bridges, a legislative panel decided Monday. The Senate Taxation Committee voted 5-2 to kill the measure, HB 1140. The House of Representatives had approved it 48-20 on Feb. 18. A similar proposal passed in the House but died in the Senate last year. The legislation from Rep. Burt Tulson, R-Lake Norden, sought authority for township residents at their annual meeting to approve up to 50 cents of tax per $1,000 of property value.
PIERRE -- The Legislature would stop earmarking specific numbers of waterfowl licenses for non-resident hunters in South Dakota, and the state Game, Fish and Parks Commission would receive additional authority to allocate them under a plan that received approval Monday by the state Senate. Senators voted 33-2 for the measure, which would repeal various current laws designating non-resident waterfowl licenses for specific areas and instead place that power with the state commission.
PIERRE — In their search for a new executive director for the professional staff, the Legislature’s leaders “would like to begin taking steps to achieve an appropriate balance” between the...
PIERRE — Motorists, beware. The 65 mph zone on Interstate 90 at Rapid City is about to be longer. The zone has been between milepost 55.2 on the west end...
PIERRE — The Legislature is one step away from approving the governor’s plan for funding public schools in the coming budget year. The House Appropriations Committee gave its unanimous endorsement...
PIERRE — State law already requires pregnant women seeking abortions to first visit a pregnancy care center that can't be affiliated with an abortion provider. A similar restriction might soon apply against affiliations with adoption services, too. The state Senate could vote as early as this afternoon on the legislation. If the Senate gives final approval, HB 1180 will go to the governor for his decision whether to sign it into law. The Senate Health and Human Services Committee endorsed the measure 7-0 Wednesday.
PIERRE -- Last year, South Dakota legislators deadlocked on providing pre-natal care to pregnant women who are poor and are illegally in the United States. One year and 195 births later, the issue is back this legislative session and the outcome seems just as uncertain. The House of Representatives voted 46-22 in favor on Feb. 10. The Senate Health and Human Services Committee voted 4-3 Wednesday to endorse the legislation's passage and referred it to the Senate Appropriations Committee for budgeting purposes.