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.
PIERRE — South Dakota voters will be asked to change the state constitution in 2016 regarding governance of public technical institutes. The question will be whether to prohibit the state Board of Regents from governing the technical institutes and to put the Legislature in charge of the decision. The state Senate voted 34-0 Thursday for final approval to put the measure on the ballot at the next general election. The House of Representatives previously voted for it 68-1. The constitution currently assigns responsibility to the regents to govern the state universities.
PIERRE -- State government should have an office dedicated to collection of debts owed to state government and restitution owed to crime victims, the House of Representatives agreed Wednesday evening. The vote for HB 1228 was 58-11. The measure now goes to the Senate. The Daugaard administration wants the office, which would be known as the obligation recovery center and would be attached to the state Bureau of Administration. The center would be self-funding by adding a 20 percent surcharge to any debt collected.
PIERRE -- South Dakota should offer mediation services for landowners who are in drainage disputes, the state Senate decided Wednesday. Senators voted 32-2 for the legislation. SB 3 now goes to the House of Representatives. The mediation program would be operated with the state Department of Agriculture. The participants would pay for services. The proposal came from the Legislature's watershed task force that was chaired by Rep. Brian Gosch, R-Rapid City. Sen. Mike Vehle, R-Mitchell, served on the task force.
PIERRE -- State senators closed the door Wednesday against commissioning a study of converting to actual-use for setting tax valuations of agricultural land in South Dakota. Senators voted 16 yes and 18 no. The measure, SB 4, needed 24 yes votes to stay alive.
PIERRE — The state House of Representatives will work on the Senate version of a massive package of additional funding for highways and bridges in South Dakota rather than use the governor's plan. The money would be for state, county and township repairs and improvements. The proposal is based on a combination of plans. House members were up against deadlines Tuesday and Wednesday for legislation to be handled by committees and then the full chamber.
PIERRE — State senators voted 25-10 Tuesday to increase the per-student allocation by 2 percent for South Dakota's public schools and make the corresponding adjustments to general-education tax levies on property. South Dakota uses a combination of state funding and local property taxes to provide general education funding to K-12 schools.