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In The Moment ... February 7, 2018 Show 272 Hour 2

South Dakota lawmakers are dealing with 534 bills and 19 joint resolutions. For today's conversation about protection for student journalists and reviewing third party candidate opportunities, we're joined by Dana Ferguson from the Sioux Falls Argus Leader and J.J. Perry from the Aberdeen American News.
 

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In The Moment ... February 6, 2018 Show 271 Hour 2

South Dakota Senate Minority Leader Billie Sutton joins us from Pierre for a look at legislation he supports regarding campaign finance reform, open government, and education.

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In The Moment ... February 6, 2018 Show 271 Hour 1

House Bill 1073 was recently tabled. It's a bill that looks at free speech on South Dakota college campuses. Senate Bill 198 features matching language.

Chuck Baldwin is Journalist in Residence at University of South Dakota. He joins us to talk about the controversial topic of campus free speech.
 

In The Moment ... February 1, 2018 Show 268 Hour 2

Stephanie Rissler has been covering the South Dakota Legislature for over 2 decades. She is also the host of South Dakota Focus on SDPB TV. Today, Stephanie joins us to talk about a few things going on in Pierre.

In The Moment ... January 10, 2018 Show 253 Hour 1

The 2018 South Dakota Legislative Session is underway in Pierre. South Dakota Attorney General Marty Jackley joins us for a preview of his legislative agenda.

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In The Moment ... March 21, 2017 Show 054 Hour 2

Prior to the 92nd session of the South Dakota legislature, we welcomed South Dakota Supreme Court Chief Justice David Gilbertson for a preview. Now, as the session comes to a close, we welcome him back to the program for a recap. We talk about HB1183 and mental health legislation set to change the way citizens with mental health issues interact with the criminal justice system.

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In The Moment ... March 17, 2017 Show 052 Hour 1

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In The Moment ... March 13, 2017 Show 048 Hour 1

Lake Area Technical Institute in Watertown has been a finalist for the Aspen Prize since its inception in 2011. The award recognizes the top two-year colleges in the nation. Today we're joined by Lake Area Technical Institute President Mike Cartney and LuAnn Strait to discuss the the school and the prize prior to their journey to the 2017 awards ceremony. 

Greg Jamison represents District 12 in the South Dakota Legislature. We reconnect with Representative Jamison at the close of the 2017 session for a recap.

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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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South Dakota lawmakers have finalized the state’s budget that starts on July 1, 2017 (Fiscal Year 18). State Senators and Representatives approve of a measure they call the general bill. It lists numbers for all revenues and all budgets in balance.

State Representative David Anderson is chair of House Appropriations.

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In The Moment ... March 8, 2017 Show 045 Hour 1

The Players’ Tribune” shares the stories of professional athletes in long-form stories, podcasts, and digital features. Steve Zwemke talks with deputy editor Sean Conboy about bringing fans closer than ever to the games they love.

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In The Moment ... March 6, 2017 Show 043 Hour 1

At the beginning of the current legislative session, In the Moment visited with several freshman lawmakers about their goals and expectations for the upcoming session. As we look ahead to the closing days in Pierre, we welcome back a few of those lawmakers for a review. Today we talk with Representative Tim Goodwin from District 30.

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In The Moment ... March 1, 2017 Show 040 Hour 1

We begin our program with SDPB’s political reporter Lee Strubinger. Today he explains Senate Bill 54 as it makes its way through the state legislature. It’s a measure intended to rework the state’s campaign finance requirements.

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In The Moment... February 23, 2017 Show 036 Hour 1

We begin our conversation about sexual violence and domestic violence in the state with Michelle Markgraf, executive director of the Compass Center. We talk about how some victims take years to break the cycle of domestic abuse, how it’s never a good idea to close the door on someone who is struggling to leave an abusive relationship, and more.

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In The Moment ... February 14, 2017 Show 030 Hour 2

Sunday, former Congressman and State Legislator Clint Roberts died at the age of 82. A rancher from western South Dakota, Roberts was elected into Congress on the same night that his friend, Ronald Reagan's, swept to victory over President Jimmy Carter. SDPB's Steve Zwemke visited with Roberts' colleague and friend, former U.S. Senator Larry Pressler in Washington, D.C. 

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Governor Dennis Daugaard gets to decide whether certain medical professionals must collaborate with doctors for licensing. Right now certified nurse practitioners and nurse midwives must have an official connection to a physician to get their own licenses. Now lawmakers endorse a bill changing the requirement.

Both chambers of South Dakota’s legislature support Senate Bill 61.

Pipeline Bill Deferred

Feb 13, 2017
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The Senate Taxation Committee has deferred a bill dealing with pipeline taxes. Sponsors hope the bill encourages companies to make pipelines with American products.

Senate Bill 158 puts a tariff on crude oil pipelines made of foreign steel. The bill also takes that revenue and puts it in a fund to pay pipeline leaks and clean up.  Certain sections also place accountability for failure to pay the tariff on company officials.

The bill’s prime sponsor is Senator Troy Heinert. He says the bill is about promoting American jobs and businesses.

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In The Moment... February 7, 2017 Show 025 Hour 1

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In The Moment ... January 30 2017 Show 019 Hour 2

Guests: SDPB's Kealey Bultena, Senate Bill 55; Karl Jegeris, Rapid City chief of police, talks 2016 crime statistics; SDPB's Karl Gehrke, talks about first jazz recording on record; Richard Carlson, photographer, images of the past

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Supporters of a bill in South Dakota’s Statehouse say it maximizes academic freedom in the classroom, and its opponents say the measure is anti-science. Senate Bill 55 has passed two of the four hurdles to Governor Dennis Daugaard’s desk.

The bill is one sentence long. It says, “No teacher may be prohibited from helping students understand, analyze, critique, or review in an objective scientific manner the strengths and weaknesses of scientific information presented in courses being taught which are aligned with the content standards established pursuant to § 13-3-48.”

Daugaard Says He Will Veto Transgender Locker Room Bill

Jan 26, 2017
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South Dakota Governor Dennis Daugaard says as it’s currently written, he will veto the transgender locker room bill if it reaches his desk.
 
Senate Bill 115 defines a person’s sex based on anatomy. It states that locker rooms, showers and changing facilities in public schools, shall be for use by persons of only the same sex.
 
The bill also states school districts can provide accommodations for transgender students.
 

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Some South Dakota lawmakers want to loosen regulations on nursing home beds. One measure allows nursing homes to move certain beds within organizations or sell them. A split committee in the State House is sending the legislation to the full chamber.

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The Yankton Sioux Tribal chairman says understanding the misunderstanding between native and non-native cultures is a first step in closing the gap between the two. Robert Flying Hawk addressed the South Dakota legislature Thursday during the second State of the Tribes address.

Flying Hawk calls for unity between state government and the tribes. He says teaching more Native American history will help bridge the cultural divide.

In The Moment...January 11 2017 Show 008 Hour 1

Guests: Marty Jackley, South Dakota Attorney General; Larry Zimmerman, South Dakota Secretary of Veterans Affairs; Nancy York, new SD lawmaker representing District 5

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South Dakota Governor Dennis Daugaard says he wants the legislature to update the state’s wiretapping laws.

The move is part of an overall attempt to address the state's methamphetamine epidemic. Daugaard says the update allows police to monitor drug trafficking.

Daugaard says right now law enforcement can use court orders to tap into landline phones.

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It’s the start of this year’s legislative session, and leaders are already split over how to budget new money coming to South Dakota. Online retailer Amazon is starting to collect sales tax on South Dakota purchases next month. Its timing could pose a planning issue.

Amazon begins charging both state and local sales tax for South Dakota purchases in February. Democrat and State Senator Billie Sutton says lawmakers should include those dollars in the budget that starts July first.

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State lawmakers say they want to adjust parts of last year’s education overhaul. The governor says the current reform is working, because a sales tax for teacher pay is pushing average educator salaries up.  

One piece of vast K-12 education reform from 2016’s legislative session involves declining enrollment. Schools now must use the final number of students enrolled in the fall to determine their share of state dollars. Before they could average the previous two years to ease into lower funding.

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South Dakota’s governor says he wants to fight methamphetamine by punishing bad behavior and reinforcing the good.

Governor Dennis Daugaard says he wants to offer incentives to beat addiction. He says he supports allowing offenders who complete court-ordered treatment in a year one opportunity to reduce a felony to a misdemeanor. Daugaard says he also supports mandatory jail time for people on probation or parole who fail drug tests.

In The Moment...January 10 2017 Show 007 Hour 2

Guests: SDPB's Kealey Bultena, information from the Statehouse; Tim Goodwin, new lawmaker representing District 30; John Anderson, Head Football Coach at the University of Sioux Falls; Steve Livermont, new lawmaker representing District 27; Hugh Weber, Contributor & Podcaster

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