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SOUTH DAKOTA LEGISLATURE

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State Rep. Aaron Aylward, R-Harrisburg, said that renewed calls to regulate gun sales following high-profile shooting incidents are primarily a result of political posturing.
Kellie Wasko, who formerly served as the deputy executive director of the Colorado Department of Corrections, was brought on to lead South Dakota's prisons in March. Since then, she's instituted raises for officers and impressed several onlookers. She aims to turn the department around for good.
In a section of the draft labeled “notable adjustments,” the standards tout an expansion on both South Dakota and Native American history and civics for elementary school students.
Abortion-related legislation planned for the special session will instead be introduced during the regular legislative session early next year, the governor said in a joint statement released Friday afternoon.
Rep. Erin Healy and four other Democratic state legislators were invited to the White House to participate in a roundtable discussion on women's reproductive rights in their states.
“It’s unfortunate that this life-saving issue has turned into a political bogeyman that people can use as a scare tool."

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Most laws out of the 2022 legislative session earlier this year took effect Friday, July 1. Among the notable changes are a waiving of concealed carry fees, a much discussed telemedicine abortion ban and new regulations over "divisive concepts" in mandatory collegiate trainings.
To supplement their time away from their full-time jobs, legislators are paid for each legislative day they work. Assuming all 105 lawmakers attend, special sessions cost taxpayers $47,072.55 per day.
With in-state abortions now illegal in most circumstances, few options remain for South Dakotans looking to terminate a pregnancy. During an upcoming special legislative session, lawmakers and lobbyists have indicated a desire to restrict out-of-state abortions, too.

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