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State's top judge opposes removing bar exam for lawyers | Jan 12


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The chief justice of the South Dakota Supreme Court is criticizing efforts to remove bar exam requirements for lawyers. The bill was rejected last year. The state’s top judge says he wants to avoid similar legislation this year. But the same lawmaker plans to bring the proposal again.

Legislation led by U.S. Senator Mike Rounds (R-S.D.) and Senate Veterans’ Affairs Committee Chairman Jon Tester (D-Mont.) has been signed into law by President Joe Biden. The National Cemeteries Preservation and Protection Act of 2022 supports the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) National Cemetery Administration to honor veterans nationwide.

This week U.S. Representative Dusty Johnson (R-S.D.) re-introduced his Keep the Nine constitutional amendment to limit the number of Justices on the U.S. Supreme Court.
Johnson says that recent years have brought more calls to expand the Court and the Supreme Court’s check on the Executive and Legislative branches is essential to keeping government free and fair.

The city of Sioux Falls is pursuing a bigger discount for resident flood insurance this year. The National Flood Insurance Program’s Community Rating System offers lower flood premiums to community property owners based on efforts in the community to reduce flood risk and promote flood awareness.

The nation’s leading small-business association today announced Jason Glodt as its new South Dakota state director. Glodt has over 20 years of legal experience working in South Dakota as well as a background in campaign management, community service, and public office.

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Megan hosts All Things Considered and the SDPB News podcast.