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Thune, Klobuchar introduce bill to bolster USDA conservation program | Sept 23

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Republican Senator John Thune and Democratic Senator Amy Klobuchar have introduced legislation to bolster the Conservation Reserve Program.

Republican Representative Dusty Johnson has voted against a proposal to reform the electoral college. The bill sought to clarify the presidential certification process making it harder for election deniers to exploit ambiguities in the law.

A shortage of pilots is factoring into the airline delays and cancellations passengers face. During the pandemic, many pilots took early retirement packages when people stopped traveling, and more than 1,400 openings are projected each year over the next decade.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture is taking applications for funding to expand broadband access in rural South Dakota. The funding is available through the ReConnect Program under President Biden’s Bipartisan Infrastructure Law.

The South Dakota legislature’s interim study on regional jails has resulted in a number of potential solutions to the lack of beds in jails and prisons. Its last in-person meeting was held earlier this week.

And more.

Megan hosts All Things Considered and the SDPB News podcast.