Lawmakers: “Expect A Busy Session Going Forward”

21 hours ago
Kealey Bultena / SDPB

Statehouse legislative leaders say after a slow week of formalities, lawmakers should expect a lot more activity in the coming weeks of session.

From more discussion on IM 22, to an animal research facility, to a committee looking at a legislator's admitted sexual misconduct, Representatives and Senators know they won't have much down time.

During end of the week press conferences, several lawmakers say they're expecting an influx of bills over the next two weeks.

They say the relative slow start is meant to teach newcomers the workings of the state legislature.

Leadership Says Current Wiretapping Statute Hardly Used

Jan 20, 2017

State Republican legislative leaders say if the governor’s proposal to add electronic devices to the state’s wiretapping laws passes both chambers, it won’t be used much in the future.

They say at this time the current statute is sparsely used.

House Majority Leader Lee Qualm says he asked several South Dakota judges about the proposed wiretapping statute.

The legislative committee to investigate a Republican representative for sexual contact with interns will meet on Tuesday.

Representative Matthew Wollmann admits to having relations with two different interns over the ages of 21.

Speaker of the House Mark Mickelson says the committee to investigate Representative Wollmann is open to the public…

Sculptor Of Dignity Talks Engineering

Jan 20, 2017
Chynna Lockett

The sculptor behind the Dignity statue near Chamberlain presented a talk on the engineering details about the project. The 50 foot tall statue of a Native American woman holding a star quilt was unveiled last September.

Dale Lampherea is a South Dakota artist laureate and sculptor the Dignity statue. He clicks through a series of photos projected a large screen in Rapid City’s Journey Museum.

“Here we’re building the foundation and footing and base for it. You can see how much steel is in there. The case ons go down 25 feet, 30 inches in diameter...”

Two South Dakota Artists Work In Nasty Woman Show

Jan 20, 2017
Naomi Even-Aberle

Two South Dakota artists recently had their work on display in a New York exhibition.   Proceeds from the sold out show--titled Nasty Woman--benefit Planned Parenthood. 

The Nasty woman art exhibit in New York put out a call for female-identifying artists in late 2016. Naomi Even-Aberle from Rapid City was one of more than 600 selected artists to donate work. She explains the show’s title. 

The State Senate will revisit a bill that failed to become law a year ago.  Senate Bill 24 re-classifies Vehicular Homicide as a violent crime. The Rapid City Chamber will change the question and answer format of its Legislative crackerbarrel sessions. More than 14 million people traveled to South Dakota for recreational purposes in 2016.

Legislative Cracker Barrel Format Change In Rapid City

Jan 19, 2017
Rapid City Chamber of Commerce logo

The Rapid City Chamber of Commerce says they will change the question and answer format of their Legislative Cracker Barrel sessions.

In The Moment...January 19 2017 Show 013 Hour 2

Guests: Nancy Jo Sales, author; SDPB's Stephanie Rissler & SDPB's Heather Benson; Joel Fan, pianist; Susan Skyrm & Caitlin Collier, Women's March on Washington Vermillion; Tammy Eagle Hunter, Lakota artist

In The Moment January 19 2017 Show 013 Hour 1

Guests: Mark Sundeen, author; Bob Boilen, creator of NPR's All Songs Considered; SDPB's Nate Wek; Kevin Wooster, author & moderator of the SDPB blog On The Other Hand

Lakota Filmmaker Receives Sundance Fellowship

Jan 19, 2017
Courtesy Willi White

A Lakota film maker from the Pine Ridge Reservation is on his way to this year’s Sundance Film Festival in Park City, Utah.  We spoke with Willi White about his work and what it means to be chosen for a fellowship in the Sundance Native Filmmaker Program.

Willi White’s interest in films goes back to his elementary years at the Red Cloud School.

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