Jeremy Ludemann

Local Host, All Things Considered

What started out as volunteering to emcee high school pep rallies has turned into a vocation that has surpassed my wildest dreams. I'm new to these parts and grew up along the coast of South Carolina. I left there to go to The College of Wooster where I got a part-time gig at the campus radio station. I loved it so much that I ended up running the place my senior year.

As a grad student at Ohio University, I spent a good chunk of time at WOUB, the local NPR and PBS station. That experience led me to pursue a career in public broadcasting. 

My goal is to work with colleagues across South Dakota to deliver news and perspectives that matter.

If there's a story that you think is worth telling, please do not hesitate to contact me.

In my spare time, I like to go to sporting events, concerts, state parks, and museums. I'm trying to get to the gym more often, but looks like that New Year's resolution isn't panning out too well (I digress). 

Thanks for tuning in to SDPB, and as Charles Osgood says, "I'll see you on the radio." 

The Senate Judiciary Committee passes a bill increasing the punishment for drug dealers when a person dies as a direct result of using the substance they sold. 

Lee Strubinger / SDPB

 

The House Judiciary Committee defers a bill mandating seat belt use under certain circumstances to the 41st legislative day. 

House Bill 1229 makes it a Class 2 misdemeanor if the driver or front seat passenger does not wear a seat belt. Currently, failure to wear a seat belt is a secondary violation and a $25 fine. 

 

Maynard Konechne represents the South Dakota EMS Association and supports House Bill 1229. He says seat belt use saves lives. 

 

 

Lee Strubinger / SDPB

The Senate Agriculture and Natural Resources Committee advances a bill that allows the South Dakota Brand Board to accept livestock inspection requests in East River. 

The current state brand inspection area includes all West River counties. Jeremiah Murphy with the South Dakota Stockgrowers Association is in favor of Senate Bill 156.  Murphy says the bill also helps East River producers work with statewide brand inspection requirements in North Dakota.  He says Section One of the bill gives the South Dakota Brand Board flexibility when dealing with requests. 

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Correction: This article has been updated with language clarifying that this bill has been hoghoused, or changed, from the original goals of the legislation. The bill was changed in committee to only require interagency collaboration - not specific policies. 

The Senate State Affairs Committee passes a bill that mandates collaboration between the Secretary of State's office, the South Dakota Department of Tribal Relations, counties, and tribes to work together to increase access to voting. The interagency work would occur in off-election years. 

Amy Varland

The House State Affairs Committee has tabled a bill requiring every member of the South Dakota Legislature to take drug tests. 

Representative Tim Goodwin of Rapid City is the prime sponsor of House Bill 1133. 

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