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South Dakota $423M surplus will be top issue during legislative session | Jan 10

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The South Dakota Legislature's nine-week session is slated to begin Tuesday with all eyes on what lawmakers might do with the state's $423 million surplus.

South Dakota will see some better weather this week after two weeks of brutal winter storms. Hear from meteorologists from Rapid City and Sioux Falls about what to expect through the weekend.

The Board of Water and Natural Resources has approved over $103.5 million in grants and loans for water projects in South Dakota.

The Governor’s Office of Economic Development will award $25 million for broadband expansion projects in 2023. This money will come through applications for the ConnectSD grant program.

Conservation Implementation Strategy (CIS) Project Resilient Forests will soon be underway in Lawrence County, SD. The 3-year project is one of 17 selected in Fiscal Year (FY) 2021 and federally-funded through the NRCS conservation programs in the 2018 Farm Bill.

Samantha Chapman has joined the ACLU of South Dakota as advocacy manager. As advocacy manager, Chapman oversees the organization’s legislative, public education and advocacy efforts and is responsible for developing issue campaigns to advance civil liberties and civil rights in South Dakota.

South Dakota Public Utilities Commissioner Chris Nelson was sworn into office on Saturday, Jan. 7, 2023, to officially begin his new term. Nelson’s oath was administered by South Dakota Supreme Court Chief Justice Steven R. Jensen in the State Capitol in Pierre as part of the 2023 inaugural ceremony

And more.

Megan hosts All Things Considered and the SDPB News podcast.