Red Dawn Foster

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.

SD Legislative Research Council

State Senator Red Dawn Foster spoke last before the Rosebud Sioux Tribe Utilities Commission at hearings held this week at Saint Francis. The freshman senator from Oglala Lakota County said she opposed the Keystone XL pipeline during the 2019 legislative session. She told commissioners that there's a "clash of world views" between state officials and indigenous people.

SDPB's Victoria Wicks has this report.

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Two incumbent Republican state legislators are contesting the residency of two newly elected Democratic Oglala Lakota lawmakers.

They say the two don’t meet the requirement of residing in South Dakota for two years preceding an election.

Over the weekend, Representative Julie Frye-Mueller and Senator Phil Jensen announced they were filing challenges against District 27’s Peri Pourier in the House, and Red Dawn Foster in the Senate.

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In The Moment ... December 17, 2018 Show 481 Hour 1

Chuck Parkinson is the host of Where Do We Go From Here on SDPB. This month his panel was a group of female freshman legislators. SDPB's Lee Strubinger has this recap.

Courtesy photo / Mark Trahant

A Native American political observer says 2016 could be a record year for the number of native candidates on the ballot across the country.

Mark Trahant says just under 100 candidates are running for office.

Mark Trahant is a journalism professor at the University of North Dakota.

He says this could be a record year for the number of native people running for office.   He’s tallying up the number of native candidates nationwide, but he says since this is the first time a count like this has been done, he says he’s cautious about making a superlative statement.