Representative Lee Qualm

In the Moment News: July 1-7

Jul 3, 2019

Representative Jean Hunhoff discusses the mental health task force she chairs. State Representative Nancy Rasmussen explains the Special Education Interim Study Committee. Representative Lee Qualm and Representative Oren Lesmeister talk industrial hemp. SDPB’s Lee Strubinger reports on freshman state legislator Scyller Borglum’s announcement to run for the U.S. Senate in 2020. Political Junky Jon Hunter discuss this week in South Dakota politics. 

Hemp Summer Study

Jul 2, 2019

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A group of South Dakota Legislators will get together this summer to study the regulation and the costs of putting an industrial hemp program in place.

Republican Representative Lee Qualm chairs the study. He represents District 21. Democratic Representative Oren Lesmeister led the charge for industrial hemp legislation earlier this year. He represents District 28A.

Republican leadership in the state legislature say two lawmakers from District 27 will remain seated, despite claims against the legitimacy of their election.

Representative Julie Frye-Mueller and Senator Phil Jensen, both members of a conservative caucus, brought the challenge.

They alleged two Oglala Lakota women elected did not meet residency requirements required under state law, Senator Red Dawn Foster and Representative Peri Pourier.

The South Dakota state legislature could meet for a potential special session to implement any laws needed for collecting online sales tax.

That need comes following a US Supreme Court ruling in the state’s favor that state’s can collect sales tax from online retail vendors.

Governor Dennis Daugaard is reaching out to legislative leaders, suggesting a special session might be needed to implement the ruling.

House Majority Leader Lee Qualm says he’s not entirely sure what would be covered during a special session. He says he has many questions.

State legislative leaders are announcing sexual harassment and code of conduct training for the upcoming legislative session.

The training comes after several stories of sexual assault, misconduct and harassment in Pierre came to light.

The training will center around legislative ethics, professionalism and sexual harassment. All elected legislators are expected to attend the training the afternoon of January 17.

The call for this kind of training comes after a national trend of talking about harassment and abuse found its way to Pierre.

Lee Strubinger / SDPB

State lawmakers say they need a week to pore over proposed legislation that declares non-meandered bodies of water open to the public, even over flooded private property.
Officials say the legislation could lead to a special session in June, even though there’s no consensus on the bill.

The South Dakota Senate will consider a bill to repeal Initiated Measure 22, the voter approved campaign and lobbying reforms package.

The senate floor is the last stop for the bill before reaching the governor’s desk.

House Bill 1069 is scheduled for the senate floor Wednesday afternoon.

The bill repeals Initiated Measure 22.

Leadership Says Current Wiretapping Statute Hardly Used

Jan 20, 2017

State Republican legislative leaders say if the governor’s proposal to add electronic devices to the state’s wiretapping laws passes both chambers, it won’t be used much in the future.

They say at this time the current statute is sparsely used.

House Majority Leader Lee Qualm says he asked several South Dakota judges about the proposed wiretapping statute.

After Inaugural Week, State Legislature In Full Swing

Jan 13, 2017

The pomp and circumstance of inaugural week for the state legislature is over. Now the ninety-second session is well underway.

From the voter approved Initiated Measure twenty-two to nursing home beds, lawmakers tackle some contentious issues.

Republicans in Pierre are taking a phrase from Congress as they grapple with Initiated Measure 22.

“We need to repeal it and we need to replace it. We’re working very diligently to get that to where we need to be,” Qualm says.