PIERRE -- After years of struggle, victory arrived Tuesday afternoon for South Dakota producers of raw milk for human consumption. The state House of Representatives gave final legislative approval to a package of proposed changes in South Dakota's dairy laws. They specifically recognize raw milk for human consumption. It already was legal to sell to consumers at the place of production but lacked its own category in state dairy laws. The House vote was 65-2. The Senate had approved it 30-4 on Jan. 29. The measure now heads to Gov.
PIERRE -- Motorists passing bicyclists in South Dakota would need to allow specific distances between their vehicles and the bicycles, under a measure that received final approval Tuesday by the Legislature. The state Senate voted 27-7 in favor. HB 1030 now goes to Gov. Dennis Daugaard for his consideration. It calls for at least three feet between the right-most part of the vehicle and the bicycle, and at least six feet between them on roadways where speed zones are above 35 miles per hour. "People are realizing the importance of this," Sen. Mike Vehle, R-Mitchell, said.
PIERRE -- The state Senate quickly passed legislation Tuesday that would allow motorists on South Dakota's two-lane highways to drive 10 miles per hour over the 65 mph speed limit while passing another vehicle. The vote was 34-0. The measure, HB 1124, now heads to Gov. Dennis Daugaard for his consideration. The state Department of Public Safety supports the change. Sen. Brock Greenfield, R-Clark, said the extra 10 mph would reduce chances of a collision because the passing vehicle can return to its lane sooner. "It's a safety measure.
PIERRE -- A state Senate committee holds a hearing today on changes that would apply throughout South Dakota for local planning and zoning decisions on conditional-use permits. The legislation, HB 1201, won approval last week in the state House of Representatives. The key change would reduce the threshold for conditional-use decisions. It would be allowed to become a majority of board members present. The root of the fight is about the relative ease or difficulty for more large agricultural production facilities to be built. "We need new and fresh ideas in South Dakota," Rep.
FORT PIERRE -- Pam Roberts, of Pierre, officially became the new chairwoman for the South Dakota Republican Party on Saturday. She follows Craig Lawrence, who was chairman for the past two years. Republicans swept every statewide elected office in 2014 for the first time in 50 years. Gov.
PIERRE -- Black Hills Power received permission from state regulators Monday to increase the company's electricity rates by an average of 4.35 percent for South Dakota customers. They will pay nearly $6.9 million more annually.
PIERRE — Here are two numbers that stuck out from a state Senate debate last week. Some 10,000 students now receive their K-12 education from private schools and home schools in South Dakota, according to Sen.
Here's how the state House of Representatives voted Thursday to give final approval 46-22 authorizing keno, craps and roulette in Deadwood casinos. Yes — David Anderson, R-Hudson. Julie Bartling, D-Gregory. Arch Beal, R-Sioux Falls. Jim Bolin, R-Canton. Shawn Bordeaux, D-Mission. Kristen Conzet, R-Rapid City. Justin Cronin, R-Gettysburg. Fred Deutsch, R-Florence. Lynne DiSanto, R-Rapid City. Dan Dryden, R-Rapid City. Mary Duvall, R-Pierre. Peggy Gibson, D-Huron. Brian Gosch, R-Rapid City. Lana Greenfield, R-Doland. Michele Harrison, R-Mobridge. Spencer Hawley, D-Brookings.
PIERRE — Livestock haulers transporting cattle and horses in western South Dakota must get ownership inspections. The state House of Representatives decided Thursday to make the permits good for 24 hours from the time it is issued, rather than valid only for the date the permit is granted. The vote was 46-21 after a hard-fought debate. SB 76 now goes to Gov. Dennis Daugaard for his decision whether it becomes law. The measure's prime sponsor is Sen. Troy Heinert, D-Mission. Its lead House sponsor is Rep. Dean Schrempp, D-Lantry. The Senate approved the bill 27-6 on Feb.
PIERRE — In South Dakota, whose state motto is "Under God the people rule," that held true Thursday even for Deadwood gambling. Voters adopted a change to the state constitution in November to allow craps, keno and roulette. On Thursday afternoon, the state House of Representatives voted 46-22 for final approval authorizing the three new games to be offered in Deadwood's casinos. The next steps call for Gov. Dennis Daugaard to sign the measure into law and for the state Gaming Commission to set the operating rules. The Nov. 4 vote was 152,265 yes and 116,326 no. Rep.