Bob Mercer reports from the South Dakota Capitol in Pierre for The Daily Republic and other newspapers around the state.
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PIERRE — A new flag will be flying in South Dakota soon. The Legislature finished approving a resolution Thursday designating the “Honor and Remember” flag as the symbol for members...
PIERRE — A $300,000 tax cut for the Wharf gold mine vanished into the political air Thursday. State senators approved the changes Wednesday 18-16 but reconsidered their decision Thursday. Are...
PIERRE -- Recently Gov. Dennis Daugaard answered questions regarding his knowledge and perspective of state government's involvement in the EB-5 program. The federal program offers preferential visa treatment to qualifying foreign citizens who provide loans or make investments in U.S. projects that create jobs. The administrative and management work for EB-5 in South Dakota was contracted out by Richard Benda, then the secretary of tourism and state development, with SDRC Inc. in 2009. Benda went to work for SDRC in 2011. Joop Bollen, of Aberdeen, was SDRC president.
PIERRE — The state House of Representatives decided Thursday that South Dakota should become part of the national system for identifying people whose mental defects prohibit them from legally purchasing firearms in the United States. The vote was 53-17 in favor of the measure. It now heads to the Senate for consideration. Rep. Timothy Johns, R-Lead, explained HB 1229. The retired judge said it was brought on behalf of the National Shooting Sports Federation and is supported by the National Rifle Association.
Income threshold would shift from one-third of total income to $1,000 per year.
PIERRE — The Legislature’s strongest proponent of a ban against texting while driving a motor vehicle decided Tuesday night he needed to change his approach. Sen. Are you a newspaper...
PIERRE -- State senators struggled Wednesday whether to reduce taxes somewhat for the Wharf gold mine in the Black Hills. The final vote was 18-16 in favor of SB 162 after Sen. Blake Curd, R-Sioux Falls, changed from nay to aye halfway through the roll call. Sen. Deb Peters, R-Hartford, gave notice of her intent to have the vote reconsidered. That means the bill remains alive unless Peters can get the total of yes votes under 18. The change in tax law would save approximately $300,000 for Wharf, according to estimates presented in the debate.
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PIERRE -- The state Senate proved to be friendlier Wednesday to video lottery. Senators voted 22-10 in favor of allowing establishments to have 15 of the gambling machines. The limit...
PIERRE — By a 68-0 vote that had members staring in wonder at the tally board, the state House of Representatives approved legislation that would create a task force on...