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

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.

Animal Cruelty Closer To Being A Felony In SD

Mar 12, 2014

South Dakota would become the last state in the nation to make animal cruelty a felony under a bill that received the legislature's final approval Tuesday. The House voted 54-15 to pass the measure, which was approved earlier by the Senate. It will become law if signed by Governor Dennis Daugaard. Similar bills have failed in past years amid fears they could interfere with the livestock industry, but this year's measure was written in a cooperative effort led by State Veterinarian Dustin Oedekoven.

Dakota Political Junkies

Mar 12, 2014

Joining the program are Denise Ross, web editor of the Mitchell Daily Republic, and David Montgomery, political reporter with the Sioux Falls Argus Leader. Discussion topics included the final budget bill, a new law delaying Common Core education standards for new subjects, the EB-5 Visa program and texting while driving.

Dakota Political Junkies

Mar 5, 2014

Joining the program today are Jonathan Ellis, reporter and columnist with the Sioux Falls Argus Leader, and Roger Whittle, managing editor of the Watertown Public Opinion. Topics included negotiations over possible Medicaid expansion, Larry Pressler's Oscar ad, nonbinding resolutions and the final weeks of the 2014 legislature.

Farm Bill Very Close To Passing Legislation

Jan 30, 2014

The House of Representatives passed a new farm bill on Wednesday, setting the stage for final passage of a new five-year farm bill that has been stalled for over two years.  The bill passed the House by a vote of 251 to 166.  The Senate is expected to take up the bill later this week.  Negotiators from the House and Senate, including South Dakota Congresswoman Kristi Nom spent several weeks working out their differences on issues in the legislation, including cuts to food stamps, income caps on farm subsidies and a price support program for dairy farmers.

State Of The State Kicks Off Session

Jan 14, 2014

Governor Dennis Daugaard delivered the annual State of the State Address on Tuesday (January 14, 2014) in Pierre to the opening session of the state legislature.   Daugaard began by highlighting the state’s accomplishments.  Daugaard has preached fiscal conservatism throughout his term as Governor—and he told lawmakers their work has paid off.

Lawmakers Consider Animal Cruelty Felony

Jan 14, 2014

South Dakota Secretary of Agriculture Lucas Lentsch says the state needs to beef up the penalties against animal cruelty.   
Lentsch says a coalition of many interests is backing the bill.  He says legislation is set to be debated in Pierre this year.   

Dakota Political Junkies

Jan 8, 2014
Katie Hunhoff - South Dakota Magazine

Dakota Political Junkies Jonathan Ellis of the Sioux Falls Argus Leader and Seth Tupper of the Mitchell Daily Republic previewed the 2014 legislative session.  They also discusses Larry Pressler's candidacy for the U.S. Senate and the controversy over Common Core education standards.

Lawmaker Resigns

Mar 27, 2013

The southeast corner of the state is minus one lawmaker.

Republican State Representative  Patty Miller has resigned her seat in the legislature citing personal reasons and family needs.    She has served in the Statehouse since 2011.

“I unfortunately need to resign. I’ve love serving it’s been wonderful.  And, I’ve really enjoyed all of the other the legislators in both parties you just develop wonderful, wonderful friendships and relationships.  So I’m sad to leave but you have to do what you have to do,” says Miller.

Dakota Political Junkies

Mar 21, 2013

Jonathan Ellis of the Sioux Falls Argus Leader and Denise Ross of the Mitchell Daily Republic discussed the 2014 U.S. Senate race.  Senator Tim Johnson is expected to announce his plans this month.  Meanwhile, possible candidates for the position are starting to come up in discussion.

Dakota Political Junkies

Mar 13, 2013

Kevin Woster of the Rapid City Journal and Seth Tupper of the Mitchell Daily Republic reviewed the 2013 South Dakota Legislature.  They also discussed open government legislation and a report that U.S. Senator Tim Johnson will announce his plans for 2014 later this month.

Legislative Review

Mar 12, 2013

State Senate Assistant Majority Leader Tim Rave of Baltic and State Senate Minority Leader Jason Frerichs of Wilmot reviewed the 2013 South Dakota Legislative session.  They talked about the legislature's accomplishments and particular items that were successes or disappointments to their respective parties.

Building South Dakota Fund

Mar 4, 2013

State House Majority Leader David Lust and Minority Leader Bernie Hunhoff talked about the bipartisan economic development package announced last Thursday.  If passed, the deal would set up a new "Building South Dakota" fund, eventually funded with at least $15 million, to make investments in a variety of areas, including education, roads and bridges, housing and loans to local to local businesses.  This segment begins with a legislative update from SDPB reporter Victoria Wicks.

Dakota Political Junkies

Feb 27, 2013

Dakota Political Junkies Denise Ross of the Mitchell Daily Republic and Jonathan Ellis of the Sioux Falls Argus Leader talked about the waning days of the 2013 South Dakota Legislature, sequestration and the latest speculation on Tim Johnson's Senate seat and the 2014 election.

Dakota Political Junkies

Feb 20, 2013
Raven Industries

Kevin Woster of the Rapid City Journal and Seth Tupper of the Mitchell Daily Republic handled this week's Dakota Political Junkies segment.  They discussed the impact sequestration could have on Ellsworth Air Force Base, Stephanie Herseth-Sandlin's speech at the South Dakota Farmers Union convention and whether it raises speculation that she could be a candidate for Senate in 2014, and state lawmakers' consideration of Medicad expansion.

Dakota Political Junkies

Feb 13, 2013

Madison Daily Leader Publisher Jon Hunter and Sioux Falls Argus Leader political reporter/columnist Jonathan Ellis reacted to last nights State of the Union address as it relates to South Dakotans.  They also talked about the 2013 legislative session which is in its sixth week, Craig Lawrence's election as the new state GOP chairman and how Republicans and Democrats are preparing for the 2014 U.S. Senate race.

Dakota Political Junkies

Feb 6, 2013

David Montgomery of the Sioux Falls Argus Leader and Denise Ross of the Mitchell Daily Republic talked about the most recent news from the 2013 legislative session in Pierre including bills on guns and education.  They also spent time talking about the Hot Springs VA Hospital and speculation on Senator Tim Johnson's re-election plans.

Chad Coppess, South Dakota Department of Tourism

By Victoria Wicks

Governor Dennis Daugaard sat at his desk in the Capitol Rotunda Wednesday and signed the Public Safety Improvement Act into law.

The package of legislation culminates the Criminal Justice Initiative to reduce South Dakota’s prison populations. Included are expanded drug, DUI, and veterans’ courts; intensive supervision for felons on probation or parole; treatment for addiction; and an emphasis on treatment within the community rather than incarceration in prison.

2013 State Legislature Update

Feb 5, 2013

Victoria Wicks joins Dakota Midday to discuss the latest bills and propositions that are being addressed at the State Capitol in Pierre.