PIERRE — State courts and crime victims are owed millions of dollars in South Dakota, but no one is specifically assigned to recover it, an official told legislators Friday. The testimony from state courts administrator Greg Satizahn came in support of a proposal from the Daugaard administration. The governor wants to create a new office in state government called the obligation recovery center. The Unified Judicial System's collection rates averaged 30 to 35 percent for fines and costs, and 17 percent for restitution to victims, during the past five years, according to Satizahn. He
PIERRE — The state House of Representatives rejected this year's attempt by Rep. Tim Rounds to allow drinking in Deadwood round-the-clock. The vote Thursday was 29 yes and 39 no. Rounds, R-Pierre, described it as "a social experiment" to see whether South Dakota's only city with state-approved gambling casinos would have fewer law enforcement problems and attract more tourists. A similar piece of legislation passed in the House by one vote last year, before the Senate set it aside. Rounds argued that people already are drinking after 2 a.m. in their hotel rooms.
PIERRE — The state Senate approved a far-reaching plan Thursday establishing nine river basin councils to oversee water and drainage management throughout South Dakota. The legislation, which goes to the House of Representatives next, calls for a pilot project in the Vermillion River basin to serve as an example for other basin councils. The nine sets of council members would be elected in 2018 and would receive taxing authority to operate. Senators voted 20-12 in favor of the measure, SB 2.
PIERRE — Neither side in South Dakota's long fight over legalized abortion seemed to want to have to vote Thursday on a proposed state law that would have banned beheadings of unborn children. So Rep.
PIERRE — The Daugaard administration wants authority from the Legislature to create a state office for debt collection. So far, it's still a no-go. That's despite estimates of additional recoveries totaling $15.9 million to $34.8 million over the next five years for state government, and additional restitution for crime victims and their families totaling $7.9 million to $16.9 million over the next five years. The original proposal from state Revenue Secretary Andy Gerlach met unexpectedly strong and broad opposition from various groups. A Senate committee tabled one version of the p
PIERRE — A legislative panel rejected a proposal Wednesday to increase teacher salaries in South Dakota by taxing profits of most corporations. The proposal from Sen.
PIERRE — The state House of Representatives decided Wednesday the process needs to be clarified so that any of South Dakota's four public technical institutes could establish its own governing board. Local school boards currently oversee the four campuses at Mitchell, Watertown, Rapid City and Sioux Falls. The local boards don't put much money into the operations of the techs, according to Rep.
PIERRE — State senators agreed to create a new minimum wage of $7.50 per hour for people younger than age 18. Sen. David Novstrup, R-Aberdeen, said he doesn't think it subverts the decision made in the Nov.
PIERRE — Who should oversee South Dakota's public technical institutes, might be a question on the 2016 election ballot for voters to decide. Or, more precisely, who shouldn't be in charge of the tech schools. A proposal moving through the Legislature calls for asking voters to prohibit the South Dakota Board of Regents from governing the state's tech schools. The state constitution gives the regents responsibility and control over the state universities. Legislators are considering whether to offer a constitutional amendment that would keep the regents separate from the tech schools
PIERRE — Two measures intended to help address drainage and flooding issues in South Dakota cleared their first tests Tuesday in the Legislature. A proposal to establish a voluntary mediation service for drainage disputes received unanimous endorsement from the Senate Agriculture and Natural Resources Committee. But the panel voted 6-3 in favor of the second measure that would establish nine governing districts for watershed basins throughout South Dakota. The basin plan also would provide for a pilot project in the Vermillion basin. Both measures now head to the full Senate for cons