PIERRE — State and local governments can charge sales and use taxes to South Dakota customers on most purchases made through Internet and mail starting Nov. 1, the Legislature decided Wednesday. Lawmakers needed five hours to approve a package that also calls for marketplaces — such as Amazon or Ebay — to collect taxes starting March 1, 2019. "Today's special session is more than 50 years in the making," Gov. Dennis Daugaard told a joint assembly of lawmakers.
PIERRE — Several proposals that would alter some parts of South Dakota's system for funding special education, and also set the stage for bigger potential changes in the next few years, advanced Tuesday to the Legislature's Executive Board. The board will decide whether the measures get introduced in the 2019 session. The legislation came from lawmakers assigned to study the state's extraordinary cost fund for special education. Rep. Mary Duvall, R-Pierre, chaired the study panel. She said legislators established the program 21 years ago. The recommended bills would:
PIERRE — Gov. Dennis Daugaard wants the Legislature to consider three proposed laws in the special session Wednesday. Lawmakers on the appropriations committee plan to take testimony at 2:30 p.m. Tuesday about how the bills would work. The 18-member committee meets in room 362 at the Capitol. The panel's co-chairmen, Sen. Larry Tidemann, R-Brookings, and Rep. David Anderson, R-Hudson, have invited public comments.
PIERRE — The South Dakota Legislature meets Wednesday in special session starting at 10 a.m. on proposed laws that would allow state government to begin collecting sales and use taxes on transactions between remote sellers and South Dakota customers. Gov. Dennis Daugaard plans to speak to a joint assembly of lawmakers at about 10:30 a.m. in the House of Representatives chamber. Then the 70 representatives and 35 senators will stay in the House and meet as a committee of the whole.
PIERRE — Dale Bartscher pulled over to take a reporter's call about joining South Dakota Right to Life as executive director. He officially starts Sept. 16 but already spent hours getting the Rapid City office ready. Bartscher, 64, was state political director of the Jackley for Governor campaign. Before that, he was executive director for the Family Heritage Alliance since 2010. He sounded enthusiastic Wednesday about a calling he's felt for more than 40 years. "They're not just pro-life, they're whole life," he said.
PIERRE — The Deadwood Historic Preservation Office will provide $100,000 in grants to other South Dakota causes next year. That's down from $150,000 that was distributed this year and from $250,000 in 2017. The money comes from the city's share of taxes and fees on Deadwood gambling. South Dakota voters agreed in 1988 to make the Lawrence County city the only place, outside of tribal reservations, where slot machines and limited card games were legal. Voters added craps, keno and roulette in 2014.
PIERRE — The state Public Utilities Commission decided Tuesday against suspending the grain-buyer's license but placed stiff conditions on Utica Grain Inc. The company, whose president is Yankton businessman Ralph Marquardt, must submit monthly financial reports for third-party review and keep clean financial records. Marquardt also guaranteed any producer would be made financially whole. The company has locations at Irene, Meckling, Tabor and Utica.
PIERRE — South Dakota electricity customers should get refunds from Black Hills Energy, the state Public Utilities Commission decided Tuesday. The refund total for 2018 is $7.67 million. It results from federal tax cuts Congress approved in 2017. The corporate rate dropped to 21 percent from 35 percent. The Rapid City-based company plans to distribute refunds at one time to customers no later than October. The amounts will be calculated on each customer's most-recent 12 months of sales, probably from August 2017 through July 2018.
PIERRE — Here are some things to keep in mind as fall arrives in South Dakota. Absentee voting opens Sept. 21 for the Nov. 6 general elections. And U.S. Rep. Kristi Noem, the Republican candidate for governor, has limited her participation in televised debates to two, both in late October. Those facts make the hill steeper for the Democratic candidate, state Sen. Billie Sutton. Then there's voter registration.
HURON – In their first TV debate, the men seeking South Dakota’s seat in the U.S. House of Representatives gave different answers Sunday on how each would judge his first term as a success. Republican Dusty Johnson, Democrat Tim Bjorkman, Libertarian George Hendrickson and independent Ron Wieczorek answered 90 minutes of questions from KSFY anchor Brian Allen on the Freedom State at the South Dakota State Fair.