A bill that changes state laws around homeschooling is headed to the governor’s desk. It strips requirements that those students take standardized tests during certain grades, among other changes. 

Representatives from the governor’s office have testified in favor of the bill, referencing letters from families who wanted to move to South Dakota but didn’t after noting the state’s laws on homeschooling. 

The Senate Judiciary Committee has killed House Bill 1140, called a "poachers' bill" by its detractors.

The proposed legislation would have required Game Fish & Parks officers to have landowners' permission to do compliance checks on private land.

Opponents say current policies already encourage cooperation between the agency and landowners, and the bill protects hunters.

Victoria Wicks has more of this story for SDPB.

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  • As we celebrate the beginning of Women’s History Month, we replay the South Dakota Humanities Council's “Why Voting Matters” conversation, which was moderated by SDPB's Lori Walsh.

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Former Attorney General Marty Jackley plans to run as South Dakota's Attorney General, again. Plus, a Senate bill that would clear misdemeanor marijuana charges from background checks has moved to the House floor. All this and more in today’s SDPB News Podcast. Find it on Apple Podcasts or Spotify today. 

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Lifers who committed their crimes before they were 25 years old will not have a chance at parole when they turn 50.

Senate Bill 146 has been killed in the House Judiciary Committee. The bill offered a second chance to young offenders serving life sentences.

But opponents say "life means life" in South Dakota.

Victoria Wicks reports for SDPB.

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March 1st | SDPB News Podcast

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After experiencing both warm and cold temperatures for the beginning of 2021, forecasters predict a warming trend that could have a dramatic effect on South Dakota. Plus, the South Dakota Supreme Court has upheld the conviction of an inmate serving life for kidnapping and rape. 

All this and more in today’s SDPB News Podcast. Find it on Apple Podcasts or Spotify today.

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A 2020 study tracking gun ownership in all 50 states shows an estimated 55% of South Dakotans have a gun in their home. 


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