PIERRE — Eight years after the most recent attempt lost, the Legislature might have to suddenly consider whether special presidential primary elections should be held again for South Dakota. Or not? The goal in the past was to increase national visibility for South Dakota.
PIERRE — Hard to believe, but only five people have been appointed as state poet laureate since Badger Clark was the first in 1937. Now some members of the Legislature want to add additional order to the process. Sen. Corey Brown, R-Gettysburg, is prime sponsor of a measure that would set a four-year term for the poet laureate. Senate Bill 86 also would grant permanent status of emeritus to former holders of the honor. David Allen Evans, of Dakota Dunes, served most recently as poet laureate.
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PIERRE — A legislative panel endorsed legislation Friday repealing the South Dakota Energy Infrastructure Authority and the Wind Energy Competitive Advantage Task Force. No opponents testified on either measure. The House Commerce and Energy Committee voted 12-0 to support both measures. The two, HB 1033 and HB 1034, head to the full House of Representatives next. "Wind is a chicken and egg thing," Steve Willard said.
PIERRE — The Daugaard administration wants to broaden the definition of veteran in two state laws to cover more men and women who served in the nation's armed forces. South Dakota currently provides a veteran preference for residents who apply for state and other government jobs. State senators voted 34-0 Thursday to extend the preference to all U.S. veterans. Sen.
PIERRE — Charity raffles that go astray should face the possibility of criminal prosecution in South Dakota, a state Senate panel agreed Tuesday. The proposal from state Attorney General Marty Jackley goes to the full Senate today. He said charity raffles essentially aren't regulated in South Dakota, other than a requirement that they be registered with the secretary of state. Jackley's legislation, Senate Bill 18, would establish a three-step process: • There would be an 18-month window from the sale of the first ticket until the drawing is held; • If the organizers determine they
PIERRE — People involved in Deadwood gambling businesses who break the rules would face more expensive punishments under a proposal moving forward in the Legislature. The Senate Commerce and Energy Committee unanimously endorsed a measure Tuesday that would raise the maximum possible fine to $250,000. The legislation, Senate Bill 58, could face a Senate vote today. The South Dakota Commission on Gaming, whose members regulate Deadwood gambling, wants the larger fines. Slot machine manufacturer distributors currently face a maximum of $100,000.
PIERRE — The South Dakota tourism conference opened its three-day run of activities Tuesday and the Legislature contributed with a commemoration for state Tourism Secretary Jim Hagen. Legislators recognized Hagen for his selection as state tourism director of the year by the national council of his peers in the U.S. Travel Association. He has been secretary of tourism in Gov. Dennis Daugaard's Cabinet since 2011. Hagen previously was secretary of tourism and state development for three years in Gov. Mike Rounds' administration. For Gov.
PIERRE -- The state Game, Fish and Parks Commission wants to remove a refuge designation in Sully County, expand boat-safety areas on a reservoir in Butte County and further limit shooting at a recreation area in Charles Mix County. The proposed rules changes will be up for public hearing March 5 at the commission's next meeting. The hearing will start at 2 p.m.
PIERRE -- The state Game, Fish and Parks Commission wants a strong strategy developed for protecting against aquatic invasive species such as zebra mussels and quagga mussels spreading in South Dakota's public waters. The response might go so far as to require roadside inspections at the state borders of trailered boats being pulled into South Dakota, according to one commissioner, Gary Jensen of Rapid City. The species can be inadvertently carried by vegetation and water in boats that have been in infected water bodies. Jensen called for GFP's fisheries staff to study the topic in greater