SD Legislative Session

News: Oct 26 - Nov 1

Nov 1, 2019

An update on the Keystone XL pipeline.

A warrant of execution of Charles Rhines has been issued for the first week of November.

The CEO of R-CALF USA tells us why America is losing its ranches.

Dan Ahlers has announced his candidacy for the U.S. Senate. 

USD's Tim Schorn tells us what al-Baghdadi's death means.

State Senator Cammack talks the upcoming SD legislative session.

All this & more on your weekly ITM news podcast.

In The Moment ... January 9, 2018 Show 252 Hour 1

State Senator Neal Tapio is interested in researching the role of "state immigration and refugee resettlement programs."

He's calling for the formation of a legislative working group on the issue.

Victoria Wicks

In The Moment ... March 9, 2017 Show 046 Hour 2

We take a look at South Dakota's 92nd legislative session with SDPB's Kealey Bultena and Lee Strubinger. From deregulation to the philosophy of inflation projections in Pierre, Bultena and Strubinger analyze the session and discuss the work that is left to be done.

Kealey Bultena / SDPB

State lawmakers say improving quality of health care remains a legislative priority. This on the heels of Governor Dennis Daugaard’s announcement that he will not support Medicaid expansion in 2017. That has lawmakers examining work between the state and federal government.

Roger Whittle is managing editor with the Watertown Public Opinion. Jonathan Ellis is a reporter and columnist with the Sioux Falls Argus Leader. They sit down with Dakota Midday host Lori Walsh to discuss updates in state politics, from the Attorney General's press conference in Platte, to why March basketball can be more exciting than

March primary season, the Junkies provide insight and perspective into issues of the day.

Photo courtesy of ACLU-SD

The House State Affairs committee has voted to approve a bill that ensures continued state funding and tax breaks for entities that discriminate against gay or transgender people. House Bill 1107 protects organizations or people who act on their religious belief that marriage is reserved for male and female partners and that biological gender is unchangeable.

Lawmakers in Pierre are keeping pieces of legislation afloat until they have final funding numbers. That sometimes means they’re using stop-gap measures to keep legislation alive.

The 2015 South Dakota State Legislative Session ends on Friday, and lawmakers are on deadline. The House Appropriations committee passed 14 separate measures during Monday’s meeting alone, but some of the bills are incomplete – and that’s part of the strategy.

Melissa Hamersma Sievers / SDPB

Wednesday is crossover day. It’s the last chance for a bill started in one chamber to gain approval and be up for consideration by the other side. If that doesn’t happen, the measures die.

In the 2015 session, South Dakota lawmakers introduced 429 bills. That’s not counting resolutions. 236 measures are House Bills. 193 come from the Senate. But if any one of those is to survive the week, the bill has to gain approval from its original chamber by Wednesday. That’s crossover day.

Members of the committee that examines the state’s budget are about halfway through hearing from state departments. Tuesday legislators looking at next year’s state budget hear from the departments of Human Services and Health.

The Joint Appropriations Committee is scrutinizing the budgets of different departments statewide. State senators and representatives on appropriations spend the entire legislative session determining which programs and personnel get taxpayer dollars.

With the 2014 legislative session underway, many lawmakers are getting their own agendas and goals organized. Republican State Representative Brock Greenfield says he expects an effort to repeal the death penalty in South Dakota. Greenfield doesn't support the change.

South Dakota Retirement System Faring Well

Jan 16, 2013

Managers of the State’s retirement fund presented their annual report to the South Dakota Legislature today.  Retirement officials say the conservative approach has paid off through the recession.
Rob Wiley is the Executive Director of the South Dakota Retirement System.  He says South Dakota is faring better than other states across the country.