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Thune: South Dakota Could Swing US Presidential Nomination

Apr 14, 2016

U-S Senator John Thune says South Dakota could play a role in the presidential nomination process.
 
The state’s small population means primary delegates rarely make up a swing vote.  But Thune says it could be a tight primary race this year for either party.
 

Statehouse Podcast: Education Bills Signed, Final Budget Passed

Mar 11, 2016

The Statehouse Podcast for March 11th, 2016 includes coverage of South Dakota Governor Dennis Daugaard signing education reform bills into law and the passage of the final budget bill in the state legislature. 

The Statehouse Podcast for March 10, 2015 includes coverage of education reforms passed in Pierre and the final bills of the session.

 

Statehouse Podcast: Education Reforms Advance, Medical Marijuana Dies

Mar 8, 2016
Melissa Hamersma Sievers / SDPB

The Statehouse Podcast for March, 8th 2016 includes coverage of legislation on education, medical marijuana, changes in law for services like Uber, and more.

 

Statehouse Podcast: Abortion And Education Among Final Bills

Mar 7, 2016

The Statehouse Podcast for March 7th, 2016 includes coverage of legislation on abortion, education, and confined animal feedlots.

Informed Consent Abortion Bill Passes

Mar 7, 2016
Charles Michael Ray

House Bill 1157 has cleared the state legislature.

The measure requires medical doctors to inform a woman who is undergoing a drug-induced abortion that she can stop the procedure by not taking a second pill. 

Statehouse Podcast: Lawmakers Begin Final Week

Mar 6, 2016

The Statehouse Podcast for March 6th, 2016 includes a preview of some of the bills before lawmakers this final week of the session, including issues like education, abortion, medical marijuana and large corporate hog farms.

Statehouse Podcast: Abortion, Education, Vehicular Homicide

Mar 2, 2016

The Statehouse Podcast for March 2nd, 2016 includes coverage of legislation on abortion, education, vehicular homicide, elder abuse, CAFOs, and Medicaid expansion. 

With breaking news coming out of the state capitol nearly every day, we  take time on Wednesdays to talk with some of the top political reporters and editors in the state for in-depth perspective on the topics that affect your life in South Dakota. Today’s Dakota Political Junkies are Seth Tupper and Dana Ferguson. Tupper is with the Rapid City Journal. Ferguson is with the Sioux Falls Argus Leader. 

From the veto of HB1008 to the delay of the Medicaid expansion conversation, the Junkies illuminate the state debates.

Statehouse Podcast: Ed Funding Passes, Transgender Bill Veto

Mar 1, 2016

The Statehouse Podcast for Match 1st, 2016 includes stories on the passage of education funding, and a veto of the transgender bathroom bill.  Plus, news on debate over medical marijuana, guns in courthouses, and the sale of fetal body parts.

Statehouse Podcast: Medicaid Expansion Delay, Education, CAFO Zoning

Feb 29, 2016

The Statehouse Podcast for February 29th, 2016 includes coverage of a delay in possible Medicaid expansion, education issues, CAFO zoning changes, and a bill dealing with the sale of fetal body parts.

The Statehouse Podcast for February 28th, 2016 includes coverage of legislation on transgender bathrooms, possible Medicaid expansion, medical marijuana, and education funding.

Representative Shawn Bordeaux, Mission, and Representative Kevin Killer (Pine Ridge) return to Dakota Midday to discuss the legislative session after crossover day. From education to mascots, from legislation that is succeeding to bills that have been defeated, Bordeaux and Killer talk about what's ahead for the rest of the session.

Jenifer Jones

The Statehouse Podcast for February 24th, 2016 includes coverage of legislation on education funding, payday loans, Medicaid expansion, mascots, and more.

 

Payday Loan Bill Dies In House

Feb 24, 2016

A bill backed by members of the payday loan industry has failed in the South Dakota House of Representatives.  
 
Those supporting House Bill 1161 say it adds regulations to businesses that provide short term loans and protects consumers.  
 
But opponents call the bill a smokescreen.  

In committee supporters of House Bill 1161 included owners of payday loan companies and lobbyists for the industry.  The bill survived a narrow vote to land on the House floor. 

Statehouse Podcast: Education, Abortion, Medical Marijuana

Feb 23, 2016

The Statehouse Podcast for February 23, 2016 includes coverage of legislation on education, abortion, medical marijuana , human trafficking, child pornography, and the transgender bathroom bill.  

Schoenbeck Considers Resignation

Feb 23, 2016

A GOP state lawmaker says he is considering resigning after a disagreement with a party leader.

State Representative Lee Schoenbeck was barred from the Republican Party caucus this week.   

Schoenbeck had been critical on social media of some in the GOP for failing to support the half penny sales tax to boost teacher pay in the state.  That measure passed by one vote.

Some sources reported Schoenbeck planned to resign on Wednesday.

The Statehouse Podcast for February 22nd, 2016 includes coverage legislation dealing with education funding, Native history curriculum, derogatory mascots, and limitations on Medicaid expansion.

Native History Bill Fails, Opponents Say Issue Still Important

Feb 22, 2016

Legislation to require more teaching of tribal history in South Dakota schools failed its first committee hearing in the State Legislature.  
 
Some educators say an effort is already underway to increase the teaching of Lakota, Dakota, and Nakota culture in the state.  Those backing the bill say more needs to be done.

 

Transgender Bathroom Bill Draws Reaction Across SD

Feb 21, 2016

Hundreds of people turned up to meetings  across the state over the weekend for a chance to interact with state lawmakers. Questions in Sioux Falls and Rapid City ranged from a variety of topics including the transgender bathroom bill, or House Bill 1008. 

A group of high school students organized a protest outside the meeting in Sioux Falls. 

The Statehouse Podcast for February 19th, 2016 includes coverage of legislation on education funding, transgender bathrooms, and payday loan regulations.

 

Measure May Circumvent Payday Lending Cap Vote

Feb 19, 2016

In November voters in South Dakota will decide on a measure that caps the amount of interest a payday lender can charge at 36 percent.    

But a bill lawmakers are considering in Pierre might override that effort.   Critics of House Bill 1161 say it negates the effort to cap interest rates.   

Jay Williams Announces Bid for US Senate

Feb 19, 2016

A Yankton-based business owner is now running for the U.S. Senate.
 
Jay Williams announced his candidacy Friday at a press conference in Sioux Falls.   Williams was born in Gettysburg, South Dakota.  He says he’s a 4th generation South Dakotan.  Williams is a Democrat, but he says both of his grandparents were Republicans.
 

HB 1008 Sparks Protest

Feb 19, 2016

A group of students is organizing a protest in Sioux Falls following the passage of House Bill 1008. It’s known as the transgender bathroom bill.   
 
The legislation is on the Governor’s desk.  Those backing the bill say it protects people.  They say it keeps students of the same biological sex in the same school bathrooms and locker rooms. Opponents call the bill discrimination that threatens the civil rights of transgender people.
 

Statehouse Podcast: Ed Funding & Hemp Bills Die

Feb 18, 2016

The Statehouse Podcast for February 2nd, 2016 includes coverage of legislation on education funding, hemp, and vehicular homicide.

Hemp Bill Falls On Legislative Hurdle

Feb 18, 2016

A panel of state legislators has turned down a bill to legalize industrial hemp.  The bill passed the house by a large majority, but hit a wall in its first hearing before the Senate Ag and Natural Resources Committee.

Proponents say hemp doesn’t contain THC, the component in marijuana that produces a high.  They say hemp can be a good source of income for farmers, and add that surrounding states are out competing South Dakota.   

The Statehouse Podcast for February 17th, 2016 includes coverage of bills on medical marijuana,  birth certificate sex identification and transgender people, education funding, and immunization.

Birth Certificate Bill Labeled Attack On Transgender People

Feb 17, 2016

UPDATE: One of the measures dealing with transgender people is dead in the state legislature.
 
House Bill 12-09 requires the state and other entities to recognize a person's gender only as the biological sex registered at birth.  Opponents call the measure an attack on the civil rights of transgender people. They note gender can be changed even on federal passports.  
 

Statehouse Podcast: Transgender Bathrooms, Ed Funding, CAFO’s, Marijuana

Feb 16, 2016
Jenifer Jones

The State House podcast for Tuesday February 16th, 2016 includes coverage of legislation on regulations of transgender bathrooms and locker rooms in schools, education funding, feedlot approval regulations, and drug policy.

Statehouse Podcast: Transgender Bathrooms, Medicaid Expansion, Fracking Ban

Feb 11, 2016

The Statehouse Podcast for Thursday, February 11th, 2016 includes coverage of legislation on transgender policy in South Dakota schools,  Medicaid expansion, open government, and a fracking ban.

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