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3:38 pm
Wed April 1, 2015

Student Leaders Share Opinions on Issues

South Dakota student leaders discuss issues in Pierre
Credit Cara Hetland SDPB

This week in Pierre, the South Dakota High School Activities Association hosted the State Student Council Convention. Over 900 of South Dakota’s best and brightest high school students gathered in the state capital. As aspiring future leaders many of the students are keeping an eye on what’s happening in politics at the local and national level. 12 students shared their opinions on major government issues at the state and national level, including new youth minimum wage legislation, education funding and transgender policies.

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10:07 pm
Mon March 30, 2015

SD Interstate Speed Increases Wednesday

Starting Wednesday drivers on South Dakota interstates can legally cruise at 80 miles per hour. State lawmakers included the five mile an hour increase in a transportation funding bill. Governor Dennis Daugaard signed the measure. 

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Politics
4:07 pm
Mon March 30, 2015

Lawmakers Override One Veto On Final Day

State Lawmakers overrode the governor’s veto of Senate Bill 136 in the final day of the Legislative Session.

The bill deals with a somewhat obscure tax that is placed on those who are annexed into a municipality while also on a rural electric system.    

Lawmakers in support of the legislation say the tax has been in place for 20 years,  but a recent change in Department of Revenue policy ended up an unfair tax burden in these unique cases.

For those like Republican State Representative Thomas Brunner this is an issue of tax fairness.

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2:39 pm
Mon March 30, 2015

Veto on Senate Bill 159 Stands

State Senators upheld the Governor’s veto on Senate Bill 159. The bill exempts VFW and American Legion baseball coaches from sales and use tax. Proponents say the coaches are not paid well and the tax is a burden. But opponents, like Senator Larry Tidemann say exemption is unfair.

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2:38 pm
Mon March 30, 2015

Senators Uphold Veto on Senate Bill 100

Lawmakers failed to overturn a veto by the Governor on Senate Bill 100. The measure creates a leased residential property classification. Proponents say it allows for the gathering of data to address housing issues. Senator Deb Peters is a prime sponsor of the bill.

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Politics
1:31 am
Mon March 30, 2015

Effort Started To Put Two SD Senate Bills On Ballot

Credit Kealey Bultena

Two bills passed by the legislature this session could see a challenge from voters in 2016 if the efforts to put them on the statewide ballot succeed.

Opponents to Senate Bills 69 and 177 submitted their intent to circulate petitions to the Secretary of State.
 
SDPB’s Charles Michael Ray reports that the issues deal with the minimum wage for teenagers and independent candidates who want to run for office.

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News
4:33 pm
Fri March 20, 2015

Governor Vetoes Three Taxation Bills

Governor Dennis Daugaard has vetoed three bills, all dealing with taxation.
 

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3:58 pm
Thu March 19, 2015

Governor Signs Bills, Including 2016 Budget

South Dakota’s governor has signed more than one dozen measures into law. He’s approved the state’s general funding bill and a measure that increases scholarship money for certain South Dakota students.
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Politics
1:56 pm
Wed March 18, 2015

Dakota Political Junkies

South Dakota Senate chambers
Credit SDPB

The state legislature wrapped up its work last Friday after passing a final budget. Lawmakers return to Pierre on Monday, March 30 to consider any vetoes by Governor Dennis Daugaard. Watertown Public Opinion managing editor Roger Whittle and Sioux Falls Argus Leader reporter and columnist Jonathan Ellis joined Dakota Midday and reviewed what they described as a "meat and potatoes" session. They also discussed Sunshine Week which newspapers across the country are using to promote openness in government and public access to public records.

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Politics
2:00 pm
Tue March 17, 2015

Dakota Midday: Representative Mark Mickelson Reviews 2015 Session

Representative Mark Mickelson (R) Sioux Falls

South Dakota lawmakers passed a $4.3 billion budget late Friday night. Despite lower than expected revenue projections, the budget provides for increases in Medicaid reimbursements, state employee salaries and education funding. Lawmakers also passed a bill that increases funding for roads and bridges. It raises the gas tax by six cents and raises license fees and license plate feed by 20 percent. Lawmakers return to Pierre on Monday, March 30 to consider any gubernatorial vetoes.

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Politics
2:09 pm
Mon March 16, 2015

Dakota Midday: State Senate Minority Leader Reviews 2015 Session

Senate Minority Leader Billie Sutton (D) Burke

South Dakota lawmakers passed a 4.3 billion dollar budget late Friday night. Despite lower than expected revenue projections, the budget provides for increases in Medicaid reimbursements, state employee salaries and education funding. Lawmakers also passed a bill that increases funding for roads and bridges. It raises the gas tax by six cents and raises license fees and license plate fees by 20 percent. Lawmakers return to Pierre on March 30 to consider any gubernatorial vetoes.

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News
1:00 am
Mon March 16, 2015

Despite Lower Revenues Budget Provides Increases To Education, State Employees, Providers

  

Lawmakers have passed a budget totaling just over 4.3 billion dollars for fiscal year 2016. Even though revenue projections were down from original estimates the legislature was still able to provide increases to education, Medicaid reimbursements and state employee salaries. 

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12:56 pm
Sun March 15, 2015

House and Senate Pass Road Funding Bill

After hours of testimony, several amendments, and a conference committee, the House and Senate passed a measure that increases funding for roads and bridges. Senate Bill One raises several things: taxes, fees, and the speed limit on the interstate.
 

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12:44 pm
Sun March 15, 2015

Lawmakers Pass 2016 Budget

Lawmakers passed the state’s 2016 budget late Friday night. The budget increases school funding and employee salaries by 2%. It also increases Medicaid reimbursements to hospitals by over 1.5%. It increases Medicaid reimbursements by 2.5% to community health centers, long-term care providers and nursing homes. Despite the increases lawmakers had to cut around 10.4 million dollars from the Governor’s budget proposal due to lower than expected revenue projections.

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11:14 am
Fri March 13, 2015

Lawmakers Pass 2% Funding Increase For Schools

Lawmakers have passed a two percent increase in education funding for South Dakota schools. State law requires an increase in school funding of at least 1.5% this year. Although the proposal goes above and beyond what is required many say the extra funding comes at a cost to local property taxpayers. 

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10:10 pm
Thu March 12, 2015

Bill To Increase Penalty For Buying Sex Dies On House Floor

Republican Representative Timothy Johns of Lawrence County is one of 47 lawmakers in the State House who voted against SB 95.

The State House of Representatives killed a measure that intended to crack down on sex traffickers and those who hire victims for sex.   
 
Lawmakers in the House and Senate could not agree on the language in the bill.  The measure aimed to increase the penalty for anyone who hires sex or services from someone who is a victim of sex trafficking.

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9:52 pm
Thu March 12, 2015

Autism Insurance Bill Heads To Governor's Desk

A bill requiring certain insurance companies provide coverage for a key treatment of Autism Spectrum Disorder is on its way to becoming law. Senate Bill 190 spent Thursday in conference committee while Senators and Representatives sought a compromise on their two versions of the bill.  Senator Tim Rave says parents, providers, and insurance providers worked to come to a resolution that everyone is happy with.

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5:34 am
Thu March 12, 2015

Transgender Athletics Bill Fails In State Senate A Second Time

A group of state lawmakers are trying to revive a bill that prohibits the South Dakota High School Activities Association from setting a policy on transgendered youth who participate in South Dakota high school sports.

The Association set guidelines that basically allow local control over the issue.   But some lawmakers say the legislature needs to decide.

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2:01 pm
Wed March 11, 2015

Appropriators Adopt Budget Revenue Projections

Lawmakers have adopted final revenue numbers for the 2015 and 2016 budget. For fiscal year 2016 appropriators adopted revenue projections of just over 1.43 billion dollars.  For fiscal year 2015 appropriators adopted adjusted revenues of 1.37 billion dollars in ongoing funding and another 35 million in one-time receipts. The grand total for 2015 is 1.4 billion dollars. 

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1:31 am
Wed March 11, 2015

House Passes Road Funding Package

The State House of Representatives passed a bill that increases taxes and fees to fund improvements to South Dakota’s roads and bridges. It also raises the speed limit on the interstate.

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1:28 am
Wed March 11, 2015

Juvenile Justice Reform Bill Passes House

The state House of Representatives passed a bill revising the juvenile justice system in South Dakota. It focuses on alternatives to incarceration and seeks to keep kids in their communities.

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6:13 pm
Tue March 10, 2015

After Failed Smoke Out Transgender Bill Is Back Again

The issue of the South Dakota High School Activities Association’s transgender policy has been brought back to life by House lawmakers yet again. SDPB’s Jackelyn Severin has this story.

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2:06 pm
Tue March 10, 2015

"Daschle Law" Argued In State Legislature

A bill before state lawmakers allows a congressional representative to keep a seat in congress if he or she runs for president.   

The law barring someone running for a seat in congress and the presidency at the same time is sometimes called the “Daschle Law.”

Critics say the 2002 legislation originally targeted then Democratic U.S. Senator Tom Daschle, to keep him from being reelected in South Dakota if he chose to run for president.   

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2:03 pm
Tue March 10, 2015

Bill To Create State Debt Collection Office Advances

South Dakota Lawmakers are considering a new system for the state to collect debts.   

State officials say South Dakota writes off about $500,000 per year in debt.   Currently the state contracts out to a private debt collection agency to track down those who owe the government money.  But, South Dakota’s Chief Finical Officer Jason Dilges tells state Lawmakers that isn’t cost effective.  

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4:03 am
Tue March 10, 2015

Senators Resurrect Transgender Bill

A measure dealing with the South Dakota High School Activities Association’s transgender policy has been brought back to life. House Bill 1195 would repeal the Association’s policy which was adopted last year. The measure received a two hour hearing in the senate education committee but was killed by a vote of 4 to 3.

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4:01 am
Tue March 10, 2015

Lawmakers Urge President to Pardon South Dakota Archeologist

Senate Lawmakers have passed a resolution urging the President to pardon archeologist Pete L. Larson. Larson led a team that discovered a Tyrannosaurus Rex near Faith, South Dakota. The T-Rex, nicknamed Sue, is one of the largest ever found. After the discovery a series of lawsuits and accusations ensued. Around that time Larson was also charged and convicted of two customs violations. Larson served two years in federal prison for the conviction. Senator Betty Olson supports the resolution. She says Larson has done great things for the South Dakota tourism industry and for the state.

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4:00 am
Tue March 10, 2015

Appropriators Adopt Initial Budget Numbers

An Appropriations subcommittee has adopted initial budget numbers for the FY15 and FY16 budget. 

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10:16 pm
Mon March 9, 2015

Bill Establishing River Basin Natural Resource Districts Passes House

State Representatives passed a bill establishing nine river basin natural resource districts in South Dakota. Senate Bill Two also creates a task force to work with local governments in northeast South Dakota and launch a pilot water management plan to be used as a guide for the other districts. The pilot program focuses on the Red River and Minnesota River Basin Natural Resource District, which is a closed basin. The water rises and has no place to go. Representative Brian Gosch is a prime sponsor of the bill.

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10:11 pm
Mon March 9, 2015

Bill Funds Road Improvements; Raises Interstate Speed Limit

An effort to revise taxes and fees to fund improvements to public roads and bridges in South Dakota is still alive in the state legislature. Members of the House State Affairs Committee passed Senate Bill One, after significantly amending the measure.

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