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Senate passes bill adding qualifying illnesses for medical marijuana card | Jan 20

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Cutting the sales tax on food has dominated headlines at the legislature. But there’s also a push to cut certain property taxes. House Bill 1043 would exempt $100-thousand dollars of the value of single-family homes from property taxes.

The South Dakota Senate is advancing a bill that adds eight medical conditions that allows patients to qualify for a medical marijuana cards. Those conditions include PTSD, MS, glaucoma and epilepsy.

Indigent people facing prosecution have a right to be represented by an attorney. In South Dakota, counties bear most of the cost for that right. But the number of defendants and the cost of attorneys has been rising rapidly, and some counties are running out of money.

Longtime South Dakota State coach John Stiegelmeier has announced his retirement. This comes less than two weeks after the school won its first Football Championship Subdivision title.

A major donation has nearly doubled the South Dakota Symphony Orchestra’s resources. The $2 million gift will fund two music programs and fundraising efforts.

And more.

Megan hosts All Things Considered and the SDPB News podcast.