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In The Moment ... June 21, 2018 Show 363 Hour 1 

The U.S. Supreme Court has sided with the state of South Dakota in a 5 to 4 vote on South Dakota v. Wayfair. The decision says the state should be able to continue requiring large-scale retailers who do not have a physical presence in the state to collect and remit sales tax.

State lawmaker Deb Peters was instrumental in bringing the case to the Supreme Court.

SCOTUS Rules In Favor Of South Dakota Sales Tax Law

Jun 21, 2018

The US Supreme Court is ruling in favor of South Dakota in allowing states to collect online sales tax revenue.

State Senator Deb Peters was instrumental in crafting a bill that eventually got challenged all the way to the country’s highest court.

She’s also president of the National Conference of State Legislatures. She says that group and the federal government are going to help all states get organized.

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South Dakota Attorney General Marty Jackley is going before the United States Supreme Court on Tuesday, April 17, to argue in favor of online sales tax collection and remittance. The case is titled South Dakota v. Wayfair, Inc.

The state passed a law in 2016 requiring out-of-state vendors to collect taxes on sales to South Dakota customers. But South Dakota's law was deemed unconstitutional by state courts, based on a 1992 U.S. Supreme Court opinion in Quill Corporation v. North Dakota.

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The state legislature in 2016 passed a law requiring out-of-state vendors to collect sales taxes from their South Dakota customers. The law is particularly aimed at online sellers. Legislators acknowledged that the law is unconstitutional, and that they instigated it to try to get the issue to the U.S. Supreme Court.

Before the highest court considers hearing it, however, the law and its aftermath have to face scrutiny from the South Dakota Supreme Court. That happens Tuesday, Aug. 27, when justices hear oral arguments from both sides.

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In The Moment ... August 3, 2017 Show 148 Hour 1

Deb Peters is a South Dakota state senator. She serves on the Government Operations and Audit Committee. She's also president elect of the National Conference of State Legislatures. In that role, she recently traveled to Washington to testify against the No Regulation without Representation Act. We talk about the balance between federal oversight and state sovereignty, then Peters provides an update on the Government Operations and Audit Committee's summer meetings.

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In The Moment ... July 19, 2017 Show 137 Hour 1

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South Dakota schools are getting a minimal budget increase to cover inflation. State law requires lawmakers provide schools the money, but in tight budget years – like this one – they override that mandate. Education funding plans changed throughout the session.

One month ago, State Senators approved a bill that offers K-12 education a one percent increase. With a week left in the session, State Representatives decided they could offer no increase – not even one to cover inflation.

On the final day, Republican State Senator Deb Peters says lawmakers found a compromise.

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State lawmakers say improving quality of health care remains a legislative priority. This on the heels of Governor Dennis Daugaard’s announcement that he will not support Medicaid expansion in 2017. That has lawmakers examining work between the state and federal government.