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Effort to define lone abortion exemption stalls | Feb 08


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A lawmaker is abandoning an attempt to clarify the only abortion exception in state law: life of the mother. The bill was opposed by the state’s preeminent anti-abortion group.

The Senate Judiciary Committee has approved Senate Bill 146, dubbed the “truth in sentencing” law. It eliminates parole for state defendants found guilty of one of a long list of felonies. Supporters say it’s reform, but opponents say it’s the same old system with different terminology and a higher cost.

The House Health and Human Services committee passed two bills restricting medical marijuana. Both bills address “pop-up” clinics that issue cards outside of official healthcare facilities.

The House Agricultural and Natural Resources committee passed a bill strengthening landowners’ rights against trespassers. The bill aims to provide restitution for landowners for any damage incurred by trespassing hunters.

A bill regarding homeschooled students participating in high school activities has died in committee. Senate Bill 57 clarified that students receiving alternative instruction could only participate in athletics, fine arts or other activities in their home district.

The Black Hills Community Foundation announced the gift Tuesday. The Bush Foundation is donating $3 million for affordable housing in Rapid City.

And more.

Megan hosts All Things Considered and the SDPB News podcast.