PIERRE — In a move that might benefit local taxpayers and people who fish and hunt, township boards would get more authority over townships roads under two proposals that moved forward Thursday in the Legislature. The boards would be allowed to set speed limits — that power currently rests with county commissions — and to designate roads as no-maintenance rather than vacate them. The House Local Government Committee recommended both measures pass and sent them to the full House of Representatives. The speed-limit legislation, House Bill 1122, was put on the House consent c
PIERRE — A Democratic proposal to restore the South Dakota Ethics Commission died on a vote along party lines Wednesday in the South Dakota House of Representatives. House members killed the resolution 53-16. Democrats wanted the Legislature's Executive Board to work with the executive and judicial branches of state government in developing a plan to revive the commission. The resolution called for a proposal to be brought before the Legislature for consideration in the 2016 session. Only Democrats signed as cosponsors of the ethics resolution brought by Rep.
The State Ethics Commission was created by the Legislature in 1975. The legislation's number, Senate Bill 1, signaled its political significance that year. The prime sponsor was Sen.
PIERRE -- A state legislator who is a retired economics and business professor wants the Legislature to realign South Dakota's sales tax grid. Rep. Ray Ring, D-Vermillion, proposes taking the sales tax off food and increasing the sales tax on other goods and services to 4.35 percent from the current 4 percent. House Bill 1193 has only Democratic co-sponsors. It is scheduled for a hearing Thursday in the House Taxation Committee that is chaired by Rep. Roger Solum, R-Watertown.
PIERRE — The state Senate's Appropriations Committee will consider a $151,000 request to study potential tax shifts for agriculture property. The Senate Agriculture and Natural Resources Committee conducted a hearing Tuesday on the money requested and then voted to refer Senate Bill 4 to the appropriations panel. The South Dakota State University economics department would conduct the study.
PIERRE — Sen. Corey Brown, R-Gettysburg, wants to increase the signatures of registered voters necessary for an initiated measure or a referendum. Brown introduced Senate Bill 166. It would straighten out some current confusion. The individual specific laws for a petition and for a referral require 5 percent of the qualified electors. Those would remain in place under Brown's proposal. He wants to change another law from the same chapter.
PIERRE — Gov. Dennis Daugaard said Friday he hasn't decided whether to attempt to revive his legislation that sought increases in licensing fees for lodging businesses, eateries and campgrounds. His remarks came one day after the Senate Commerce and Energy Committee voted 4-2 to kill the measure, Senate Bill 60. Daugaard said the package would have raised about $90,000.
PIERRE-- State Transportation Commission members gave their commitment Thursday to carrying out key pieces of the governor's plan for funding highways and bridges. The commissioners agreed they would use their authority to replace federal funds with state funds that would flow to local governments and provide more flexibility with fewer regulations. The commissioners, however, declined to specifically endorse Gov.
PIERRE -- The months when ditches can be mowed along state highways in South Dakota shouldn't change, the state Transportation Commission decided Thursday. A pheasant habitat work group that was convened a year ago by Gov.
PIERRE — The state House of Representatives overwhelmingly called upon the U.S. Supreme Court on Thursday to reassess and overturn its Roe and Casey decisions that legalized and upheld abortions nationwide. House members — 10 for and one against -- spoke for more than 40 minutes before the 60-10 vote in favor of the statement, which was made through a resolution brought by Rep.