Noem Backs Pregnancy Discrimination Amendment Act

Jun 18, 2015

South Dakota Representative Kristi Noem and two other Republican lawmakers have introduced The Pregnancy Discrimination Amendment Act. The act comes after the Supreme Court ruling on Young vs. U-P-S. Noem says the bill protects pregnant women in the workplace.

“This bill will give us clarification into the future. And it’s very straight forward. It says that a pregnant worker ought to be given the same accommodations as a non-pregnant worker who has a temporary type disability,” says Noem,

Senator Thune Against The U.S. Freedom Act

Jun 3, 2015

The U.S. Senate voted to pass what’s being called the “Freedom Act”. The bill replaces the Patriot Act. It allows the government to continue to collect data but requires the NSA to first get a court order. South Dakota U.S. Senator John Thune says he voted against the Freedom Act. Thune says the new bill makes it harder for the United States to monitor threats.

Senator Mike Rounds Opposed To WOTUS

May 22, 2015

The Environmental Protection Agency, or EPA, is expected to finalize the Waters of the United States Act, or WOTUS by the end of the week. U.S. Senator Mike Rounds opposes the act. He explains that the rule has a significant effect on local control of water.

Northern Long Eared Threatened Listing

Apr 6, 2015
Dr. Kristen Page / Biology Dept, Wheaton College

The Northern Long Eared Bat is now listed as threatened under the Endangered Species Act. 

The US Fish and Wildlife Service is hoping to protect the bats from further harm from White Nose Syndrome—it’s a fungus that has decimated the population in some states.

Act Lets Victims Track Offenders

Feb 4, 2013

Those who combat violence against women in South Dakota are applauding Governor Daugaard’s new Public Safety Improvement Act.

The Act includes broad reforms to the state’s criminal justice system.  In part it targets non-violent offenders with probation and treatment rather than prison. 

But it also has provisions to hold violent criminals more accountable.

Krista Heeren-Graber is the Executive Director of the South Dakota Network Against Family Violence and Sexual Assault.