PIERRE — Legislators agreed Wednesday that another year of work is needed toward rewriting the definition of agricultural land in South Dakota's property-tax laws. The Senate Taxation Committee set aside the latest proposal with the understanding the Legislature's task force on agricultural assessments would take up the issue again. A group of Pennington County landowners and officials brought a plan to the 2014 legislative session intended to help small agricultural producers and timberland owners. Their goal is change the definition of agricultural property so their parcels can qual
PIERRE — By a vote of 48-20 Tuesday, the state House of Representatives called upon Congress and the U.S. president to abolish the U.S. Department of Education. All of the resolution's supporters were Republicans. The opponents were a mix of Democrats and Republicans. The resolution's prime sponsor, Rep. Jim Bolin, R-Canton, reminded House members that now-U.S. Sen.
PIERRE — A large group of South Dakota lawmakers wants to remove one possible pressure on pregnant women considering abortions. Their legislation would prohibit a physician, abortion provider, hospital or clinic from accepting payment or accepting a commitment for payment during the required 72-hour waiting period prior to an abortion. The prime sponsor of House Bill 1130 is Rep. Nancy Rasmussen, R-Hurley. Her lead Senate sponsor is Sen. Jenna Haggar, R-Sioux Falls.
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PIERRE — A state Senate committee endorsed changes Tuesday that would treat producers of raw milk for human consumption as their own category of dairy in South Dakota. Direct sales of raw milk are already legal but currently are treated as an exemption in state dairy laws. The new proposal would create categories for manufacturing grade milk and for raw milk for human consumption. They would be in addition to standard Grade A milk. The legislation, Senate Bill 45, is proposed by the state Department of Agriculture and resulted from a work group convened by state Agriculture Secretar
PIERRE -- The South Dakota Senate rejected an attempt Monday by the attorney general to provide some job protection for the director and deputy director of the state Division of Criminal Investigation. Attorney General Marty Jackley wanted state law to guarantee that if the director or deputy or both were removed without good cause, they would be restored to the jobs they had previously held or a related position. The attorney general appoints the director and deputy. Jackley originally wanted the same protection for the superintendent and deputy superintendent of the Highway Patrol. They
PIERRE — A tax and a fee are two different things, the South Dakota House of Representatives declared Monday. House members voted 57-10 for a resolution that recognizes the difference between the two terms. A tax "is a compulsory financial contribution levied by a government for the general support of the government and the services it provides." A fee "is a charge levied by a government on specific persons, activities, or properties as payment for a direct benefit received." Rep.
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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.