Lance Russell

AG Candidate Must Drop At Least One Campaign Next Week

Jun 14, 2018
Russell For AG

A Republican candidate for Attorney General will have to make a tough decision next week.

Last week, State Senator Lance Russell clinched a re-election bid for his state senate seat, but he’s also running for Attorney General.

No matter what, next week he must resign one of those bids for office.

SD Legislative Research Council

In The Moment ... February 22, 2018 Show 282 Hour 2

South Dakota state Senator Lance Russell is from Hot Springs and represents District 30. This session he chairs the Senate Judiciary Committee. As lawmakers prepare for crossover day in Pierre, we discuss the work of the committee thusfar.

Daugaard Says He Will Veto Transgender Locker Room Bill

Jan 26, 2017
Kealey Bultena / SDPB

South Dakota Governor Dennis Daugaard says as it’s currently written, he will veto the transgender locker room bill if it reaches his desk.
Senate Bill 115 defines a person’s sex based on anatomy. It states that locker rooms, showers and changing facilities in public schools, shall be for use by persons of only the same sex.
The bill also states school districts can provide accommodations for transgender students.

Photo by Victoria Wicks

The state of South Dakota is owed money that it can’t collect. To address that problem, House Bill 1228 proposes to set up a state debt collection office. People who haven’t paid fines, restitution, and other debts to the state face losing state-issued licenses, paying additional fees, and facing more aggressive collection practices. SDPB’s Victoria Wicks reports that legislators hashed out the pros and cons at the weekend crackerbarrel in Rapid City.

Victoria Wicks

Senate Bill 1 raises fuel taxes and vehicle registration fees to generate money for fixing roads and bridges. Governor Dennis Daugaard focused on this need in his State of the State address, and the topic dominated the Rapid City crackerbarrel this weekend. SDPB’s Victoria Wicks reports that not all legislators agree on the best way to fund road construction and maintenance.

Photo by Victoria Wicks

At the first Rapid City crackerbarrel of the 2015 legislative session, held this weekend, Representative Jacqueline Sly examined the reasons behind South Dakota’s low teacher pay. She says school districts are keeping money in reserve that should be used for salaries. But a fellow legislator says the state needs to do more.

Victoria Wicks

The State Legislature has enacted laws directing that city, county, and state meetings are open to the public and the news media, with some exceptions. Now a bill challenges the state legislature to apply those same standards to its own House and Senate when a simple majority of those members gather outside its chambers. SDPB’s Victoria Wicks speaks with Rapid City’s mayor at a weekend crackerbarrel about his support for the bill.