Legislature

A state loan fund is opening up to developers who build apartments, duplexes and townhouses, but one lawmaker denounced the move as a race to the bottom. 

South Dakota lawmakers have added another option for small-business owners who need help getting through the coronavirus pandemic. 

Veto Day Preview

Mar 30, 2020
SDPB

In The Moment ... March 30, 2020 Show 784 Hour 2

Veto day is a traditional part of the South Dakota state legislature. This year, veto day looks drastically different, both in procedure and content. SDPB's Lee Strubinger joins us with more. 

Politics and public policy reporting is supported by The Center for Western Studies at Augustana University

Legislation limiting school bond elections to June or November took an unexpected turn Thursday before it was defeated. 

School bond elections in South Dakota would have to be conducted in June or November if pending legislation becomes law. 

The bill’s sponsor, Rep. Tim Goodwin, R-Rapid City, said the bill is motivated by the timing of Rapid City’s recent school bond election. 

A bill allowing county employees to carry guns in courthouses has won approval from the South Dakota Senate.  

The Senate approved the bill 28-7 this week. It now heads to the House.  

Statehouse: Feb 21

Feb 21, 2020
SDPB

The Statehouse podcast is SDPB Radio's legislative podcast that features a compilation of the top stories coming from Pierre.

  Politics and public policy reporting is supported by The Center for Western Studies at Augustana University

A proposal to tax bentonite and limestone died a quick death Wednesday in the South Dakota Legislature; meanwhile, other states are making millions from those very taxes. 

Statehouse: Feb 7, 2020

Feb 7, 2020
SDPB

The Statehouse podcast is SDPB Radio's legislative podcast that features a compilation of the top stories coming from Pierre. 

You'll hear about a bill to allow sports gambling in South Dakota has started its journey through the Legislature, and how House Republicans are rejecting an amendment that would add tribal IDs as a valid identification to register to vote. All this and more in today's Statehouse Podcast.

 

Politics and public policy reporting is supported by The Center for Western Studies at Augustana University

 

Red-Flag Gun Bill Defeated

Feb 4, 2020

An attempt to create what’s commonly called a “red flag” gun law failed Tuesday in the South Dakota Legislature.  

News: Jan 25 - 31

Jan 31, 2020
SDPB

In this week's news coverage, you'll hear about a proposed ban on banning plastic straws and bags, a roll-back on gun restrictions, an experts take on House Bill 1057, and much more.

Have a story idea? Send an e-mail to InTheMoment@SDPB.org.

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Courtesy of Interior Fire Department

The volunteer fire department in tiny Interior is struggling with the cost of search and rescue operations in Badlands National Park and on other federal lands, the town’s firefighters told legislators Wednesday. 

Statehouse: Jan 28, 2020

Jan 28, 2020
SDPB

The Statehouse podcast is SDPB Radio's legislative podcast that features a compilation of the top stories coming from Pierre. 

In today's edition, you will hear about a bill that look to place a ban on the banning of plastic straws and bags. All this and more in today's Statehouse podcast.

 

Politics and public policy reporting is supported by The Center for Western Studies at Augustana University

Statehouse: Jan 27, 2020

Jan 27, 2020
SDPB

The Statehouse podcast is SDPB Radio's legislative podcast that features a compilation of the top stories coming from Pierre. 

In today's edition, you will hear about new legislation looking to make hemp a new cash crop, Governor Noem's current take on House bill 1057, and more.

 

Politics and public policy reporting is supported by The Center for Western Studies at Augustana University

Bills Propose Solutions For Orphaned Gas Wells

Jan 23, 2020
South Dakota Department of Environment and Natural Resources

Landowners in northwest South Dakota have been stuck with orphaned natural-gas wells on their property for several years, but they might get help this winter from the Legislature.  

The trouble dates to 2006, when a Texas company called Spyglass Cedar Creek drilled 40 natural gas wells near Buffalo. By 2012, the company was in trouble. Gas prices went down, a lender went bankrupt, and a business partner was indicted for tax fraud. 

When Ryan Maher looks at the administration of the two state universities in the Black Hills, he sees costly duplication. 

 

Political Junkies: State Of The State

Jan 15, 2020
SDPB

In The Moment ... January 15, 2020 Show 734 Hour 2

South Dakota is open for business! Governor Kristi Noem highlighted the state's business climate during her State of the State address yesterday in Pierre. She also touched on industrial hemp, meth treatment, and agriculture in her speech delivered in front of the South Dakota Legislature.

The Dakota Political Junkies are ready to discuss the governor's address. Joining us are Jon Hunter, publisher of the Madison Daily Leader, and former South Dakota State Senator, Tom Dempster, who represented District 9 for four terms.

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  Legislators passed a law last year allowing some people to carry guns in the South Dakota Capitol at Pierre, but beginning next week, other people could be disarmed at the Capitol door. 

SDPB

In The Moment ... October 23, 2019 Show 685 Hour 2

A legislative committee agrees that more funding is needed for court and treatment services. The committee met Tuesday as they continued their study of imprisonment alternatives. They couldn't agree, however, on whether ingesting controlled substances should be a felony.

Noel Hamiel, columnist with the Rapid City Journal and former South Dakota legislator, and Jon Hunter, publisher of the Madison Daily Leader, serve as this week's Dakota Political Junkies.

Governor Dennis Daugaard’s FY18 Budget Address

Dec 6, 2016
Kealey Bultena

Governor Dennis Daugaard is proposing a total budget of $4.6-billion for fiscal year 2018.   The state is seeing lower than expected growth in sales taxes due primarily to a downturn in the agriculture economy and lower tourism revenue over the last year.  Daugaard says the state can make up for a lower than expected growth in this fiscal year with a mix of one time funds and other cost saving measures.  He says the state remains in good economic standing thanks to an honestly balanced budget without any over-borrowing.

One Architect Of Teacher Pay Increase Falls In Primary

Jun 8, 2016

A key state lawmaker who helped draft the plan to increase teacher pay in South Dakota is not going back to Pierre next session.

Republican State Representative Jacqueline Sly failed to achieve enough votes in the primary race against incumbent State Senator Phil Jensen.

Sly was a co-chair of the Governor’s Blue Ribbon Task Force and a key supporter of the half cent sales tax increase passed last year by lawmakers.   Jensen is among 10 state senators who voted against the final passage of the bill.

Legislative Podcast: Mandatory meningitis vaccinations & booze tax split

Jan 20, 2016
SDPB

Education and Medicaid expansion are the hot topics in Pierre this session…but they’re not the only bills likely to generate public interest. SDPB’s Jenifer Jones has this rundown of some of the other bills the news team is tracking this session.
 

Legislative Podcast: Bipartisanship Needed On The Big Issues

Jan 15, 2016

On the Legislative Podcast for January 15th, 2016 – Legislators speak on the need for bipartisanship on major issues like school funding and Medicaid expansion. 

Legislative Podcast: State Of Tribes Address In Pierre

Jan 14, 2016

The Legislative Podcast for January 14th, 2016 includes highlights of the first ever State of Tribes Address in Pierre and a look at one bill that sailed out of the State Senate Commerce Committee.

Governor Backs Education Boost, Medicaid Expansion In SoS

Jan 12, 2016

Governor Dennis Daugaard gave his State of the State Address to lawmakers on Tuesday.   Here is a rundown of the highlights.  
 

You can find the entire address archived here.

$7-Million In Bush Foundation Grants Target SD Education

Oct 19, 2015
Bush Foundaiton

The Bush Foundation has awarded about $7-million  in grants to boost education initiatives in South Dakota.

The grants aim to add to the number of Native American teachers overall and also to increase the number of indigenous language teachers.   One grant also boosts an effort to build more customized learning strategies for schools.  

Blue Ribbon Task Force Hears Concerns

Jun 4, 2015

A Blue Ribbon Task Force set up by Governor Dennis Daugaard is now holding a series of public meetings across the state to hear concerns from educators, business leaders, and the public.

The Task Force is examining teacher pay and education funding in the state and will come back with recommendations to the state legislature.   State Senator Deb Soholt is a co-chair of the task force.   She says public input is vital part of the process.

There are 142 federally recognized bridges in Brown County, plus around 400 miles of paved roads and 200 miles of gravel. And they don’t take care of themselves. Funding for upkeep comes from various levels of government, but the need is often greater than the funding.
 

GOAC Spars Over EB-5

Sep 24, 2014

Members of the Government Operations and Audit Committee  or GOAC differ on the details around the examination of the EB-5 program in South Dakota.
 
Democrats presented documents to the committee showing South Dakota owes money this year for defending a lawsuit over the management of the EB-5 program.  
 
But Republicans charge that this issue is overly politicized and the questions posed are outside of the committee’s authority.

2014 Legislative Session Recap

Mar 17, 2014

The legislature adjourned the 2014 legislative session on Friday after passing the budget. Lawmakers approved extra money for teacher pay and low-income medical care, but Republican majorities in the House and Senate blocked Democrats' attempts to expand Medicaid coverage under the Affordable Care Act. Republican Senate Majority Leader Time Rave and Democrat House Minority Leader Bernie Hunhoff discussed the final budget along with other issues debated during the session including the Common Core standards, animal cruelty and texting while driving.

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