2019 legislative session

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The Senate Agriculture and Natural Resources Committee has moved hemp cultivation a step closer to being legal in South Dakota. Committee members heard more than two hours of testimony and discussion on Thursday, Feb. 28, before voting to send HB 1191 to the floor of the Senate.

SDPB's Victoria Wicks has more of this story.

In The Moment ... February 28, 2019 Show 525 Hour 2

The legislative session marches on, but no clear solutions yet for the state’s nursing home crisis. Low Medicaid reimbursement rates are putting a strain on South Dakota’s longterm care facilities, but the legislature has killed the only bills brought forth to increase funding. Jackie Hendry joins us now with more.

Education and healthcare reporting on SDPB is supported by Regional Health, helping patients and communities live well.

Steve Munsen

In The Moment ... February 28, 2019 Show 525 Hour 2

Ben Jones is interim Secretary of Education for the state of South Dakota. The state legislature has passed crossover day for the 94th session.

Secretary Jones joieds us for a look at the legislative work in progress.

Reporting on politics and public policy is supported by The Center for Western Studies at Augustana University.

Lee Strubinger's Update On Revenue Projections And Sales Taxes

Feb 15, 2019

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SDPB's Political reporter Lee Strubinger brought an update from Pierre about revenue projections and sales taxes.

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South Dakota Speaker of the House Steve Haugaard discusses the current legislative session in Pierre and focuses on priorities for the state's Republican Party.


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Senate Minority Leader Troy Heinert and House Minority Leader Jamie Smith provide perspective from the Democratic Party on the 2019 legislative session currently underway in Pierre.

Diving Into House Bill 1108

Feb 7, 2019
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After testimony Wednesday morning, South Dakota's House Education Committee reconvened Wednesday evening for further discussion and their vote on House Bill 1108. Originally, the bill prohibited instruction on gender identity and gender expression in K-7th grade public education.

SDPB's Jackie Hendry reports on In The Moment.


In The Moment ... February 7, 2019 Show 511 Hour 1

House Bill 1087 seeks to promote intellectual diversity on college campuses.

Senate Bill 122 forbids rules on regulations intended to restrict the rights of people to carry firearms on campus.

Both bills would change how South Dakota students navigate the ever shifting landscape of higher education.

Paul Beran, Executive Director, and Nate Lukkes, General Counsel of the South Dakota Board of Regents discuss the debate at the State Capitol in Pierre.

Associated School Boards of SD

Prosecutors and school administrators traveled to Pierre earlier this week to stand up for Senate Bill 67. That bill allows judges to more easily send troublesome juveniles to the supervision of the Department of Corrections.

The bill undoes some of the reforms of 2015, when the state passed the Juvenile Justice Reinvestment Initiative.

SD Legislative Research Council

South Dakota farmers wanting to grow hemp crossed a legal hurdle on Thursday, Feb. 7.

The House Committee on Agriculture and Natural Resources approved a bill that lays out regulations for hemp cultivation.

This state legislation follows the decriminalization of hemp in the 2018 federal farm bill.

SDPB's Victoria Wicks has this report.

ACLU Opposes HB1108

Feb 6, 2019
Adria Botella

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House Bill 1108 would prohibit gender identity or gender expression instruction to and student in kindergarten through seventh grade in South Dakota's public schools.

Adam Dale Jorgenson and Libby Skarin of ACLU of South Dakota are against the bill.


In The Moment ... February 6, 2019 Show 510 Hour 2

The Dakota Political Junkies take a look at the background of gun law legislation.

This week's panelists are Seth Tupper, enterprise reporter with the Rapid City Journal, and Jon Schaff, professor of Political Science and Department Chair at Northern State University in Aberdeen.

SD Legislative Research Council

South Dakotans possessing edible marijuana products will continue to face a Class 5 felony if they're caught. A bill designed to equalize punishments failed in the Senate Judiciary Committee on Tuesday, Feb. 5.

The bill's sponsor says the intoxicants in edibles is the same as in leaf marijuana, but opponents say it's more highly concentrated.

SDPB's Victoria Wicks reports.

SD Attorney General; Moreno & Bachand; SDLRC

Defendants facing allegations of third-degree rape might not be able to rely on the claim that they didn't know a victim was too intoxicated to consent. Senate Bill 107 has cleared its first hurdle in the Senate Judiciary Committee. The bill is designed to undo the effects of a 2011 state Supreme Court opinion that overturned a rape conviction.

SDPB's Victoria Wicks reports.

SD Legislative Research Council

An attempt to include same-gender sex in the state's definition of adultery has been shot down in the House Judiciary Committee. Current South Dakota law specifies that adultery is an extramarital affair with someone of the opposite sex. House Bill 1107 eliminated gender references so that adultery is an affair with another person outside the marriage. The bill was sent to the forty-first legislative day by a 7 to 6 vote.

SDPB's Victoria Wicks has this report.


In The Moment ... January 16, 2019 Show 496 Hour 2

Dakota Political Junkies Noel Hamiel and Jon Schaff visit about news coming out of the 2019 legislative session in Pierre.

They also discuss President Trump's recent Tweet that has many upset at his reference to Wounded Knee in a barb directed at Senator Elizabeth Warren and her husband.


The Senate Health and Human Services Committee will reconsider a bill that regulates cannabidiol, or CBD, a Schedule IV drug in South Dakota.

That means CBD is available only by prescription.

Opponents to Senate Bill 22 say it criminalizes hemp CBD and prevents the state from exploring hemp as a crop. SDPB's Victoria Wicks has this report.

Steve Munsen

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Kelly Hepler stays on as the Secretary of Game Fish and Parks into the Noem administration.

Hepler discusses current issues important to his department and the GF&P's legislative agenda in a visit with In The Moment host Lori Walsh at the State Capitol in Pierre.

Steve Munsen

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Jim Hagen talks about his continuing role as South Dakota's Secretary of Tourism under Governor Noem.

Tourism officials will take time during the winter months to attend shows and conferences where they'll promote South Dakota.

Hagen urges all South Dakotans to "take a vacation!"

Steve Munsen

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Kim Vanneman is South Dakota's new Secretary of Agriculture under Governor Kristi Noem.

She joins In The Moment at the State Capitol in Pierre to introduce herself and discuss current issues facing farmers, ranchers and producers in the state.

Steve Munsen

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In The Moment is spending a second consecutive day at the State Capitol meeting leaders within Governor Noem's new administration.

Greg Whitlock is the new Secretary of the Department of Veterans Affairs.

Whitlock has been a member of the South Dakota National Guard since 1975.

The decorated serviceman is a native of Selby.

Steve Munsen

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Ben Jones is serving as interim Secretary of Education after being appointed by Governor Kristi Noem.

Jones is the Dean of Dakota State University's College of Arts and Sciences.

He visits about bringing a culture of performance and civic knowledge to South Dakota's students and teachers.

State Of The Judiciary

Jan 10, 2019
Steve Munsen

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Chief Justice David Gilbertson joins In The Moment host Lori Walsh to discuss the state of the South Dakota judicial system and working with Governor Kristi Noem and a new administration in Pierre. 

Sioux Falls Area Chamber of Commerce

The Sioux Falls Area Chamber of Commerce welcomed nearly 20 local legislators to its annual legislative breakfast Thursday morning. The event gives legislators a chance to brief chamber members on their priorities for the legislative session. It also allows the chamber to pose individualized questions to state lawmakers representing the Sioux Falls area.