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The legislative committee tasked with crafting the South Dakota state budget has adopted their projections.

Those include a revision to the current fiscal year, as well as an 18 month projection to the end of next fiscal year.

So far, the projection numbers are good news for officials.

For fiscal year 2018, the Joint Appropriations Committee decided on a revised budget number of $1,586,137,345.

The Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals is now deliberating the federal lawsuit alleging unlawful handling of emergency hearings in Pennington County. Three appellate judges heard oral arguments in St. Paul on Tuesday, Feb. 13.

Two tribes, along with Native parents, filed suit almost five years ago against the Seventh Circuit Court, the Pennington County State's Attorney, and the state Department of Social Services. They say officials in these agencies violate the Indian Child Welfare Act, as well as due process protections under the Fourteenth Amendment.

Marsy's Law Compromise Passes Out Of House Committee

Feb 14, 2018

A South Dakota House panel is passing legislation that asks voters to mend Marsy’s Law, and put some of those constitutional guarantees into law.

House Joint Resolution 1004 asks South Dakota voters to change the current statute by having victims request to prevent disclosure of public information.

Pennington County State’s Attorney Mark Vargo says the change works better for his office. He says Marsy’s Law is stretching his office’s budget.

Kealey Bultena

The Senate Education Committee has deferred a bill that bans lunch shaming to the 41st Legislative Day.

Senate Bill 162 bars public and private schools participating in the national student lunch or school breakfast program from throwing out a meal if students do not have money to pay for them.

The measure also outlaws school officials from stamping a student's hand to remind parents or guardians of overdue fees.

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The South Dakota House of Representatives is passing a bill that removes collective bargaining for the state’s public university faculty.

House Bill 1199 passed thirty seven to twenty eight.

Of the roughly 3,500 union-eligible professors under the Board of Regents, around 120 pay dues.

Republican State Representative Mark Mickelson is the prime sponsor of the bill. He says that low membership number is reason enough to remove the ability to collective bargain.

Jackie Hendry

Dakota Wesleyan University becomes the first campus in South Dakota to supply each student with an iPad starting this fall. The university announced its digital initiative and partnership with Apple on Tuesday. 

Students gather in the Sherman Center on the Dakota Wesleyan campus and wait for what they’ve been told is an announcement about the future of their education. Most of them only know the name of the initiative: Digital DWU.

Five years ago tribes and parents sued state and county officials in Pennington County for violating the Indian Child Welfare Act, or ICWA. On Tuesday, Feb. 13, the Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals heard arguments from those officials' lawyers, who say their clients should not have been sued because they didn't create the questioned policies. The officials are appealing a federal judge's decision that forced changes in the way emergency hearings are held in child custody cases. SDPB's Victoria Wicks has this report.

In The Moment ... February 13, 2018 Show 276 Hour 1

If you're looking for an adventure, you can live vicariously through Bruce Wylie's book "Adventures in the Bush: Africa to Alaska."  

From the Peace Corps to research fieldwork to the day he missed his own wedding, Wylie has a thirst for adventure and the good fortune to survive it.

In The Moment ... February 13, 2018 Show 276 Hour 1

Kid Dakota is the musical moniker of Darren Jackson. His albums include: So Pretty (2002), The West is the Future (2004), A Winner's Shadow (2008), and Listen to the Crows As They Take Flight (2011).

His new CD, Denervation, was released on February 10th. Jackson plays in South Dakota this month:

Feb 17 at Total Drag Records in Sioux Falls

Feb 23 at The Brickyard Community Arts Center in Madison


In The Moment ... February 13, 2018 Show 276 Hour 1

The Senate Education Committee met this morning in Pierre. South Dakota state Senator Jim Bolin is chair of the committee. He represents District 16, which includes Lincoln and Union County.


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