Jason Harward, Reporter, Forum News Service

Jason Harward

South Dakota Correspondent

Jason Harward is a South Dakota Capitol Correspondent for Forum News Service. Harward graduated from Northwestern University in June of this year, where he spent stints in Washington covering Congress for the Medill News Service and in San Antonio with KSAT-12 News, focusing on housing and infrastructure policy.

He is a Los Angeles native and currently lives in Sioux Falls, where he enjoys backpacking and exploring the food scene.

He speaks English and would love any feedback, story ideas or fun facts you want to send his way. You can reach him at jharward@forumcomm.com or 605-301-0496.

The second of four planned public hearings on a controversial set of updates to the South Dakota social studies curriculum, held in the Sioux Falls Convention Center, saw three hours of commentary from supporters and opponents of the standards. The proposed curriculum features a larger volume of concepts than the current state curriculum and was developed with less educator involvement than in past processes.
The Ocean Shipping Reform Act, a bipartisan bill backed by U.S. Rep. Dusty Johnson and U.S. Sen. John Thune among others in Washington, made the first major alterations to federal maritime rules in more than 20 years, potentially handing down more severe fines on ocean shippers discriminating against businesses.
Family Support 360 is a self-directed program funded by Medicaid that allows families of disabled children and adults to keep their loved ones at home while being reimbursed for certain care costs.
Responding to soil erosion and nutrient flows that have led to deteriorating water quality in the Big Sioux River, several South Dakota nonprofits and agencies are looking to work with producers to improve wildlife habitat, recreation and water quality in the Eastern part of the state.
After a nearly 30 point loss in what many in the party had hoped would be a tight gubernatorial contest, Democrats in South Dakota are left taking stock of how to reverse a decades-long negative trend of party registration and influence.
After the Division of Criminal Investigation on Oct. 25 said there were "no facts' to support a criminal prosecution of South Dakota Gov. Kristi Noem in relation to misuse of a state airplane, the issue was kicked back to the ethics board where it originated. Before taking the matter any further, the Government Accountability Board voted unanimously to issue a subpoena in order to review the documents from the DCI's investigation.
The five summer studies this interim session gave legislators an opportunity to dive deeper into state issues and prepare resolutions and bills for the coming session.
Now that Gov. Kristi Noem has won re-election, her core campaign promise to repeal the state's 4.5% tax on groceries will take center stage in the coming legislative session. How will legislators determine if the state can afford to forfeit the $100 million or more in annual income?
The number of uncontested seats prior to Election Day had left little doubt around the expected Republican supermajorities in each chamber. However, final tabulations showed slight movement in each chamber, as well as the beginning of trends to watch in the coming decade after the first election under the new legislative maps.
The measure would legalize the 'possession, use, and distribution' of up to one ounce of marijuana in the state.