MOBRIDGE — In a rare move, the state Game, Fish and Parks Department backed away Thursday from a proposal to start charging fees and require permits for fishing tournaments in South Dakota. The department also wanted to make it a violation if anglers participated in tournaments that didn't have permits. That won't be happening either. The state Game, Fish and Parks Commission started a public hearing Thursday on the plan, but GFP Secretary Kelly Hepler told commissioners they didn't need it. Hepler declared the department was withdrawing the plan.
The state Board of Regents set priorities to forward to the governor Thursday morning, hoping he would ask the Legislature in 2017 for additional student tuition aid for South Dakota's six public universities and for construction of research facilities in four cities. The student affordability plan would cost a total of $9.2 million. It calls for nearly $4.5 million of tuition aid first for South Dakota residents who attend the state universities, followed by nearly $2 million of aid for non-residents and nearly $1.5 million for students who take online courses.
South Dakota's two largest public universities will continue as members in the Student Federation, its executive director said Wednesday. Student governments at South Dakota State University and the University of South Dakota in the past year considered withdrawing. Student representatives from the six public universities met for more than two hours Tuesday night and reached agreement on significant changes, according to Robert McLean, the federation's executive director.
Madison, Brookings, Rapid City and Sioux Falls would get new or expanded research facilities under a plan taking shape between the governor and the state Board of Regents whose members oversee South Dakota's public universities. The regents discussed four major projects, as well as the need for a 100-gigabyte information network for the universities system, for more than three hours Tuesday afternoon as part of their meeting at Northern State University in Aberdeen.
PIERRE — South Dakota's new board that will hold public school districts accountable for raising teacher salaries met Monday to discuss the processes for school boards to seek waivers and file appeals. The Legislature created the School Financial Accountability Board and set requirements that school districts must meet to keep receiving additional state aid for teacher salaries.
PIERRE — Few voters in South Dakota probably know about something called the candidate statement of financial interest. State law requires candidates for election to a state or federal office to file the one-page statements. The purpose is to disclose the sources of income for a candidate and the spouse. These financial interest statements were required long before the push for more public disclosure the past two years in the wake of the EB-5 and GEAR UP scandals. The statements disappeared, briefly, from public access earlier this year.
PIERRE – For hundreds of South Dakota’s largest livestock producers, their way of life stood on the line this past week. They faced scrutiny during a three-day hearing about their...
PIERRE — A state official approved revisions Thursday to South Dakota's general permit for concentrated animal feeding operations. Steve Pirner made the decision after two and one-half days of testimony at a contested case hearing. Pirner is secretary of environment and natural resources for Gov. Dennis Daugaard. The general permit sets regulations for manure storage and usage. The regulations are intended to protect surface water and shallow aquifers. Hundreds of livestock, dairy and poultry producers in South Dakota operate under the general permit.
PIERRE — Lawyers for livestock and poultry groups blocked testimony at a state permit hearing Wednesday about whether feedlot manure contributes to antibiotic resistance. The hearing officer wouldn't allow the presentation by Don Kelley, a licensed pathologist and medical doctor from Rapid City. Kelley is the state chairman for Dakota Rural Action, a citizens group that emphasizes food and environmental safety. Dakota Rural Action is contesting the state's proposed updates for the general permit that covers confined animal feeding operations (CAFO).
PIERRE — The contested case on issuing a new version of South Dakota's general permit for concentrated animal feeding operations began Tuesday with an attempt to delay the start. Kelsea Sutton, the lawyer representing Dakota Rural Action, said the state Department of Environment and Natural Resources didn't provide copies of revised drafts. "The agency did this wrong and messed up the process," Sutton said. She noted the permit has expired and was last considered 13 years ago. "We have to do this right."