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PIERRE -- Gov. Dennis Daugaard put his pen to HB 1066 on Thursday, making the state tourism tax rate 1.5 percent indefinitely. The rate would have decreased to 1 percent on July 1 without the permanent extension. The Legislature originally passed the extra half-percent in 2009 and the Legislature reauthorized it for two more years in 2011 rather than permanently as Daugaard wanted then.
PIERRE -- South Dakota is still some years away from putting an electronic titling system for motor vehicles fully into place, according to Division of Motor Vehicles Director Debra Hillmer. Senators gave her final approval Thursday to take the next steps in the process as part of a multi-state effort. The legislation, HB 1043, now heads to the governor for his signature. There wasn't a single vote cast against it in either chamber or at either committee hearing.
PIERRE -- The annual battle over waterfowl hunting licenses is under way again. The House Agriculture and Natural Resources Committee voted 9-4 Thursday in favor of Rep. Dick Werner's proposal to repeal state laws restricting the numbers and types of waterfowl licenses that can be sold to nonresidents. The legislation would give full authority to the state Game, Fish and Parks Commission instead. The big struggle on HB 1156 now comes among the 70 members of the full House. The South Dakota Wildlife Federation has been working against it since Werner, R-Huron, introduced it Jan. 23.
PIERRE -- Some legislators are pushing for a U.S. constitutional convention. The House Taxation Committee members took an unusual step in submitting a joint resolution calling for a convention for the sole purpose of a balanced budget amendment. Rep. Brock Greenfield, R-Clark, is the chairman. It needs approval from the full House and Senate. Two-thirds of the states would need to agree to proceed.
PIERRE -- A Game Fish and Parks bonding package, HB 1030, is crossing over to the Senate, after the House of Representatives approved the measure 66-3 on Tuesday. It calls for $1.5 million of bonds for a new sewer system at Angostura recreation area and $3 million of bonds for shoreline stabilization and related work at Cedar Shore Resort at Oacoma.
PIERRE -- Rep. Dean Wink, R-Howes, said there's some support in the Legislature for giving schools more than the 3 percent maximum in state aid but the revenue forecast isn't made yet. There are at least one dozen proposals to provide more funding to K-12 schools in some fashion. Rep. Julie Bartling, D-Gregory, said at a House committee hearing Wednesday the 3 percent has been in effect since the mid-90s and increasing to 4 percent isn't out of line. Bartling said the cost would be about $5.6 million and provide $44 or more per student than the governor's 3 percent recommendation.
The Davison County Weed Board will meet at 1 p.m. Monday in the Video-Teleconferencing Room at the Davison County 4-H Fairgrounds building, 3200 W. Havens Ave. Mitchell.
After a several-year hiatus, Tickled Pink and Bliss Bridal owner Megan Sabers decided to try hosting a prom and wedding attire style show in Mitchell. She said The Prom and Bridal Showcase, which was Jan. 13 at the Highland Conference Center in Mitchell, was a success. While Sabers said exact counts for such an event are tricky, she estimates more than 300 people attended the day, which included showcasing multiple area vendors and the afternoon runway show.
Weddings are a celebration wherein guests look forward to the reception as much as the actual ceremony, and the food served at the wedding is often hotly anticipated. Wedding receptions feature a bevy of different foods to tempt the palates of those in attendance. From appetizers served during the cocktail hour to the last crumb of cake, food plays a big role in a wedding reception. Choosing foods for a reception can take a little forethought, especially when the wedding party is large. The first rule of thumb is variety.