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South Dakota Governor Dennis Daugaard says he’s undecided on a bill that expands protections for faith based child placement agencies.
Proponents say the bill protects the adoption and foster parent agencies’ religious freedoms.
Critics say the measure allows discrimination against same-sex couples who want to become foster parents or adopt.
Daugaard says many faith-based agencies accept federal money, which bars them from discrimination based on race and sexuality…

Kealey Bultena

In The Moment... February 16, 2017 Show 032 Hour 2

In light of recent ethics conversations in state and national government (from IM22 to challenges to the Trump administration’s handling of business conflicts of interest) we settle in for an hour-long conversation about ethics. What do we talk about when we talk about ethics? How do ethics differ from profession to profession? And how do we hold ourselves and each other accountable in an age of shifting expectations.

Our panel of guests includes:

In The Moment... February 16, 2017 Show 032 Hour 1

Lulu Garcia-Navarro is the new host of NPR’s Weekend Edition Sunday. She talks with Lori Walsh about taking the helm of a legacy program on NPR, how an intimate conversation creates a drivway moment, and how the role of American journalists hasn’t changed as much as some people think.  

The Senate Taxation Committee has deferred a pay raise bill. The measure increases pay to certain care providers. Senate Bill 169 puts an extra $15 property tax per $100,000 home value. The revenue contributes to raising community care providers wage from under $11 to over $16 an hour. Community care providers aid individuals with various mental and physical disabilities with everyday tasks and treatment.

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Lawmakers hope to establish a task force to evaluate the state’s voter initiative and referendum process.
A bill to form a study session passed the House State Affairs committee.
Several bills that relate to the ballot measure process are working through the legislature. Those include changing procedures for filing, certifying and challenging petitions, public comment periods, fiscal impact statements and delaying implementation of ballot measures.

In The Moment... February 15, 2017 Show 031 Hour 2

From the state budget shortfall to questions of unity in the state GOP, the Dakota Political Junkies tackle highlights from the South Dakota political scene. Roger Whittle and Jonathan Ellis are with us.

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SDPB’s Kealey Bultena brings you an update on an abortion bill that passed the state House of Representatives. The bill changes fetal pain charges from misdemeanor to felony.


In The Moment... February 15, 2017 Show 031 Hour 1

We laugh our way through February with the Sno Jam Comedy Festival. We’re joined by Nathan Hultz and Britton Hacke to talk about comedy, courage, and proceeds benefiting Special Olympics.

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Bill To Limit Out Of State Money Heads To House Floor

Feb 15, 2017
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A house committee is proposing a $100,000 cap on contributions from out-of-state groups that give funds to state ballot questions.

Ray Tysdal Hangs New Abstract Exhibit

Feb 15, 2017

A local photographer has changed his style from animals to abstract. Ray Tysdal’s new digital exhibition is on display in Rapid City.

Ray Tysdal is a South Dakota fine art photographer. He explains the photographs in his exhibit to viewers at the Garage in Rapid City.

“It’s called Alternative Photography. It’s not like alternative process. It’s alternative interpretation.”

The black and white images are made of geometric shapes and detailed patterns. Tysdal says he used techniques such as scanning negatives and combining photos for this exhibition.

The Senate Commerce and Energy Committee has deferred a maternity leave bill to the 41st day. Senate Bill 150 provides up to four weeks of paid maternity leave.  Mothers earn one week of paid leave for every year of full time work.

South Dakota’s House of Representatives supports a change in the state’s penalty for abortion. House Bill 1101 makes it a felony  to perform or attempt to perform an abortion when the fetus can feel pain. Right now that’s a misdemeanor. State law says a fetus feels pain at 20 weeks. The measure includes an exception for medical emergencies. 


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