Bob Mercer reports from the South Dakota Capitol in Pierre for The Daily Republic and other newspapers around the state.
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PIERRE -- Railroads that lease state-owned tracks in South Dakota will be allowed to collect and keep revenue from industrial sidings along the lines under a new policy. The state...
State Wildlife Division leaders provided statistics showing that approximately one-third of the people who applied for rifle and muzzleloader licenses in 2013 didn't get the buck tags that were their first choices in the drawings for the various seasons. Currently hunters can apply for as few as one and as many as every one of the firearms and muzzleloader seasons. Fifty people applied for all six last year and also purchased archery licenses. Archery deer licenses are valid for any deer. The number of licenses is unlimited. Any rifle or muzzleloader hunter can pick up an archery license.
FORT PIERRE — A report delivered Tuesday to the state Game, Fish and Parks Commission showed anglers have purchased thousands more fi shing licenses so far this year than at...
PIERRE — A “games protection” package of changes for Deadwood card games received final clearance Tuesday from the Legislature’s rules review committee. They came in response to complaints received last...
FORT PIERRE – The operator of a Seneca pheasant hunting business asked Tuesday that hunters be allowed to take 30 roosters per day at South Dakota preserves. The current limit...
PIERRE — Wine might become the first alcohol product that can be sold and shipped straight to South Dakota consumers. A legislative committee considered a proposal Monday. It would allow...
One year after South Dakota lawmakers commissioned an outside review, the old senior managers are gone from the Legislative Research Council. The new executive director, Jason Hancock, starts Aug. 5. The Legislature's Executive Board put the rest of the new leadership regime in place before Hancock was selected. Among the changes, women for the first time are in several top spots, including the new post of deputy director. Hancock, the deputy chief of staff for the Idaho Department of Education, replaces Jim Fry as director. Fry, who was 65, resigned Sept.
PIERRE -- Licensed sales of fireworks surpassed $10 million last year in South Dakota, according to the state Department of Revenue. The total of $10,268,402 might be the highest yet. "It seems to be for at least as far back as we readily have the numbers but I cannot say it was a record in 2013," revenue official Douglas Schinkel said. By contrast, 2012 sales reached only $7,676,887. That was a decrease from previous years. Sales in 2011 were $9,386,872.
PIERRE -- Rather than make the public come to them, the Legislature's interim committee on highway needs and financing hits the road this month, hoping to hear directly from officials and business people across South Dakota. The 15 lawmakers will fan out in sub-groups for a six-city schedule of hearings, with two meetings today and two more Wednesday. They start in Yankton this morning (11 a.m. at the regional technical education center) and move to Sioux Falls this afternoon (4 p.m. at the Southeast Technical Institute's Sullivan Center). Sen.
PIERRE -- I often turn off my cell phone for hours at a time. I often don't take it with me around town. Seldom do I text. I have no apps. I once put a friend's phone number in its memory. He now has a different number. But when I travel outside Pierre, I take my cell phone. That's why I truly fear -- and support -- South Dakota's texting ban that takes effect July 1. There I was, pushing up against the speed limit on Interstate 29 out of Fargo on a pouring-rain Sunday morning two weekends ago, and I was getting texts from home. The windshield wipers could barely keep pace.