Daily Republic News
- Member for
- 1 year 11 months
PIERRE -- Rep. Stace Nelson presented the POW/MIA working holiday legislation to the Senate State Affairs Committee. Nelson, R-Fulton, is the bill's prime sponsor. He said Sen. Bill Van Gerpen, R-Tyndall, was sick Wednesday. Van Gerpen, the bill's lead sponsor in the Senate, hasn't attended the legislative session the past two days. The Senate committee voted unanimously to endorse the bill, HB 1067, which now goes to the full Senate for the consent calendar for final legislative approval today. The consent calendar is automatic approval unless a senator objects.
PIERRE -- The current expense payment rate for legislators is $110 per official working day of legislative session. The $13 increase sought by Rep. David Novstrup, R-Pierre, would be the first in 13 years. "I think it's a reasonable change," he told House members Wednesday. They voted 36-33 -- no yes votes to spare -- to approve HB 1212 and send it on to the Senate. "Maybe we should consider taking the $65,000 and giving it to the teachers as a pay increase," said Rep.
PIERRE -- South Dakota Public Broadcasting Executive Director Julie Andersen said Wednesday her agency would lose $70,000 to $100,000 if federal sequestration cuts take effect. That is approximately 8 percent of the federal community service grant that SDPB receives. "We do not intend to lay off any staff out of that," she told members of the Legislature's Joint Committee on Appropriations. How has SDPB fared since the state budget cuts two years ago? "We're just the little engine that could," she said.
PIERRE -- The Senate approved $1 Wednesday for a special predator control campaign during calving and lambing season this spring. The final amount will be settled later as lawmakers draw a tighter bead on the available extra money to place in SB 238. Its sponsor, Senate Republican leader Russ Olson, of Wentworth, originally sought $300,000.
PIERRE -- A plan for state government to help rural communities recruit lawyers fell short Wednesday in the Senate. The proposal from Sen. Mike Vehle, R-Mitchell, twice failed to attract a two-thirds majority of 24 yes votes necessary for a spending bill in the Senate. The final vote was 22-11. The bill, SB 218, had the support of Chief Justice David Gilbertson. The latest version had $1 in it as a placeholder until a firm amount could be reached. Sen. David Omdahl, R-Sioux Falls, argued against it, asking what profession would be next.
A 20-year-old Mitchell man faces multiple charges for allegedly stealing a vehicle and crashing it into a local business. According to court documents, Mitchell police received a stolen vehicle report on Feb. 7 from the 1100 block of East Second Avenue, and the vehicle was later found to have hit the Wise Tire & Implement building at 519 S. Sanborn Blvd. In the early morning hours of Feb. 8, Robert Keith Kennedy Jr. was found intoxicated at Best Western and was talking about the crash without being asked, court documents say. Kennedy later allegedly admitted to police on Feb.
The National Weather Service forecasts light to moderate snowfall starting late this morning and lasting through Friday morning in south-central South Dakota. For Mitchell, the NWS predicts snowfall to begin mainly after 9 a.m. today with about 2 inches of accumulation during the day, and another 2 inches tonight and into Friday. A high near 23 degrees with winds between 10 and 15 mph is forecast for today in Mitchell. The heaviest snowfall in south central South Dakota is expected to fall south of Interstate 90, where between 5 to 7 inches of snow is possible.
What better way to warm up a cold winter night than with some dancing? John Mueller's Winter Dance Party will hit the Corn Palace at 6 p.m.
PIERRE -- In a 9-4 vote Tuesday, the House Taxation Committee decided to create a special tax category for leased residential property. The bill, HB 1143, was seen as a necessary first step toward possibly establishing a separate general-education levy someday that would fall between commercial and owner-occupied levies. For now, the measure creates the new category but keeps the levy the same as other commercial property. The full House of Representatives considers the matter today.
PIERRE -- If House Speaker Brian Gosch, R-Rapid City, has his way, the state's drainage task force will be scrapped. Gosch used a series of parliamentary maneuvers in the House Judiciary Committee on Friday to turn a bill dealing with elections, HB 1235, into a bill that now would repeal the task force. He managed to find two common words in the title of the original bill -- "public" and "resources" -- that he could use in the title of the hoghoused bill. Some of the committee members claim they didn't understand what was happening when they voted 11-0 to support Gosch.