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SDPB News: March 24

Mar 24, 2020
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The SDPB "Statehouse" Podcast is SDPB's daily news podcast. We bring you South Dakota's top news and politics headlines over the past 24 hours.

Each day SDPB's journalism team works to bring you pertinent news coverage. We then compile those stories into one neatly formatted daily podcast so that you can stay informed. Enjoy.

SDPB News: March 19

Mar 19, 2020
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The SDPB "Statehouse" Podcast is your SDPB News daily podcast that brings you South Dakota's top headlines over the past 24 hours.

Each day, SDPB's journalism team works to bring you pertinent news coverage. We then compile those stories into one neatly formatted daily podcast so that you can stay informed. Enjoy.

 

According to news reports, TC Energy plans to start preconstruction of Keystone XL pipeline in mid to late March. That's at least two weeks before a Montana federal judge will hear arguments from tribes and environmentalists asking for a preliminary injunction.

TC's activities include bringing in crews to mow and grade the sites of pipe yards in Montana at the point of crossing the U.S.-Canada border.

A lawyer for the Rosebud Sioux Tribe and Fort Belknap Indian Community says TC is jumping the gun.

SDPB's Victoria Wicks reports.

SD Legislative Research Council

This year's legislature is sending two riot boosting bills to the Governor for her signature.

The first one, House Bill 1117, was introduced early in the session and passed out of both chambers last week.

After that bill passed, the Senate Commerce and Energy Committee drafted an amendment to it and put the new language into a separate bill, House Bill 1199. That amendment cleared the full Senate on Monday, March 9.

Part of the amendment eliminates the term "riot boosting."

SDPB's Victoria Wicks has this report.

Legislative Roundtable

Mar 9, 2020
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In The Moment ... March 9, 2020 Show 769 Hour 2

We welcome our South Dakota Public Broadcasting journalists to the program as we look at news from the South Dakota state legislative session.  

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

SD Legislative Research Council

This year South Dakota's "riot boosting" bill was introduced early in the session, unlike last year. And by all appearances, House Bill 1117 has completed the last leg of its journey to the Governor's desk. The state Senate overwhelmingly voted Thursday, March 5, to pass it. But earlier in the day, a Senate committee passed Riot Boosting Part Two, starting that bill on a new journey. Now the legislature will have to consider that new bill in both houses by the end of the day Monday, which is the last day for bills to pass both chambers.

SD Legislative Research Council

South Dakota's critical infrastructure bill passed the House Commerce and Energy Committee on Wednesday, March 4. Senate Bill 151 is modeled after similar legislation in other states. It offers special protections to public utilities, including pipelines and pipe yards. Proponents say the threat of felony charges lets potential vandals know the state takes its utilities seriously. Opponents agree, except for one thing: they say the bill unconstitutionally stifles protest of the Keystone XL pipeline. SDPB's Victoria Wicks reports.

Indigenous Environmental Network

This year's riot boosting bill got a thorough hearing at a special evening meeting of the Senate Judiciary Committee on Tuesday, March 3. But after hearing close to two hours of testimony from opponents, committee members still voted 6-1 to pass the bill along to the full Senate for floor debate.

The state says this law fixes problems that were deemed unconstitutional in last year's version. Opponents say it still restricts speech and assembly through intimidation.

SDPB's Victoria Wicks reports.

Native American Rights Fund

In another round of briefings in Montana federal court, the Rosebud Sioux Tribe says the Keystone XL pipeline route crosses land where the tribe holds mineral and surface rights. And it says TC Energy's own maps show that encroachment. But the Department of Justice says the presidential permit doesn't apply to the pipeline as a whole, so any encroachment is the problem of state and local authorities. SDPB's Victoria Wicks reports.

Dakota Political Junkies

Feb 26, 2020
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In The Moment ... February 26, 2020 Show 761 Hour 2

Every Wednesday, two “Dakota Political Junkies” join us to discuss the top political headlines of the week. Today, we're joined by Mike Card, associate professor of Political Science at the University of South Dakota, and Jon Schaff, professor of Political Science at Northern State University.

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

Victoria Wicks file photo

A bill to protect utilities from vandalism and trespassing has cleared its first committee hearing. The bill includes protections for electrical and communications structures, pipelines, and temporary pipe yards.

The Senate Energy and Commerce Committee has removed a controversial section from the original bill. But at least one legislator says the state might still end up in court, as it did last year with the "riot boosting" law. Victoria Wicks has this report for SDPB.

Statehouse: Feb 21

Feb 21, 2020
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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

News: Feb 15 - 21

Feb 21, 2020
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In this week's news podcast, you'll hear special reports from SDPB's Seth Tupper and Lee Strubinger, two of our Dakota Political Junkies' view on free speech in South Dakota, and more.

SD Legislative Research Council

House State Affairs has voted against allowing tribes to seek reimbursement for expenses associated with pipeline protests.

Last year's legislature established the PEACE fund to collect money for state or political subdivisions whose budgets might be stressed if the Keystone XL pipeline is built and protests rise up.

The committee voted 9 to 4 against including tribes in that group.

Listen to audio for the rest of the story.

SDPB's Victoria Wicks has this report.

Statehouse: Feb 19

Feb 19, 2020
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The Statehouse podcast is SDPB Radio's legislative podcast that features a compilation of the top stories coming from Pierre. Today you'll hear about how in a last-minute amendment, a House bill shifts from adding an assault charge for pregnant women with a controlled substance addiction to offering them a defense option.  

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

Stephen Volker

Opponents to the Keystone XL pipeline have again asked a Montana federal judge to impose a preliminary injunction on the project.

Indigenous Environmental Network and North Coast Rivers Alliance say President Donald Trump acted illegally when he unilaterally gave the project a permit in 2019.

Listen to audio for the rest of the story.

SDPB's Victoria Wicks reports.

SD Legislative Research Council

South Dakota's 2020 "riot boosting" law has been approved by the state House and is on its way to the Senate. The controversial bill is a rewrite of last year's law, found largely unconstitutional by a federal judge. Advocates say this version ensures safe and peaceful protests, but opponents say it still deters free speech and assembly and pits government against tribes. For more of this story, click on the audio arrow.

SDPB's Victoria Wicks has this report, with rotunda audio contributed by Lee Strubinger.

Statehouse: Feb 13-14, 2020

Feb 18, 2020
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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

  

U.S. Attorney

Fentanyl analogs are lethal drugs, but they have not been permanently scheduled by the federal Drug Enforcement Agency, and therefore have not been deemed illegal. The U.S. Attorney for South Dakota says emergency restrictions are in place, but Congress needs to take action.

SDPB's Victoria Wicks has this story.

News: Feb 8 - 14

Feb 14, 2020
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In this week's news podcast, SDPB's Seth Tupper joins us for a discussion about the South Dakota economy, the Dakota Political Junkies talk SD's top political headlines, SDPB's Victoria Wicks brings us a special report, and Kevin Woster talks the future of local newspapers in South Dakota.

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South Dakota's refurbished riot legislation has been passed by House State Affairs. The bill rewrites last year's "riot boosting" law designed to squelch pipeline protests. The committee heard testimony on Wednesday, Feb. 12, and although there was strong opposition by the Speaker of the House, the bill passed on a 10-3 vote.

Most proponents say the law keeps protests peaceful. But opponents say the bill still steps on rights of free speech and assembly.

In January 2017, two agents from the Division of Criminal Investigation went onto the Pine Ridge Reservation to investigate a crime committed off reservation. They were accompanied by a BIA agent.

One of the DCI agents spoke with a suspect. A Sixth Circuit judge later threw out the statements, saying DCI lacked authority in Indian Country.

Now the South Dakota Supreme Court will decide the issue before the case continues in the Sixth Circuit.

SDPB's Victoria Wicks reports.

SD Department of Corrections

Roger Jackson was convicted of third-degree rape for having sex with a woman who suffers from a rare form of dementia. In late 2018, he was sentenced to 15 years in prison with five years suspended.

Jackson, now 72 years old, appeals, saying the sex was consensual. He also holds that the investigation was inadequate, because detectives did not interview the woman.

The state says the woman was not legally capable of giving consent, and she was also not able to answer questions reliably.

Victoria Wicks

Stanley Patrick Weber will serve the rest of his life in federal prison.

The former Indian Health Services pediatrician was convicted earlier this year of raping and sexually assaulting boys who were his patients at Pine Ridge IHS.

Weber was sentenced in Rapid City federal court on Monday, Feb. 11.

In crafting the sentence, Federal Judge Jeffrey Viken considered the lifelong damage done to each victim.

SDPB's Victoria Wicks reports.

Statehouse: Feb 7, 2020

Feb 7, 2020
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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

 

Montana Federal Court

A Montana federal judge has set a hearing date for renewed arguments on the Keystone XL pipeline.

The Indigenous Environmental Network and North Coast Rivers Alliance have again asked for a preliminary injunction against permitting the pipeline.

TransCanada and the Trump administration have asked for summary judgment.

Judge Brian Morris will hear arguments on those requests and more in Great Falls on March 25.

SDPB's Victoria Wicks has this report.

SD Department of Corrections

A lifer in the state penitentiary has lost a bid for a new trial. Chance Harruff is serving a mandatory life sentence for strangling his former girlfriend.

He appealed, saying five witnesses' testimony overlapped, and that cumulative evidence prejudiced the jury.

The South Dakota Supreme Court has unanimously upheld his conviction

SDPB's Victoria Wicks reports.

The South Dakota Supreme Court will hold its next term on Feb. 10-11, with oral arguments in three cases on the second day.

Victoria Wicks file photo

News: Jan 25 - 31

Jan 31, 2020
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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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Statehouse: Jan 30, 2020

Jan 30, 2020
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The Statehouse podcast is SDPB Radio's legislative podcast that features a compilation of the top stories coming from Pierre. 

Governor Kristi Noem delivered the end of the week press conference... this and more in today's Statehouse Podcast.

 

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

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