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The South Dakota Senate is passing a bill that adds an additional disclosure requirement for ballot question committees.

Senate Bill 77 requires those committee to disclose funding sources during the year when groups are circulating petitions and gathering signatures.
Democratic State Senator Reynold Nesiba sponsors the bill. He says there’s currently a loop hole in the reporting system.

Lee Strubinger / SDPB

Any official or commercial replica of the state seal must include the state motto, “Under God The People Rule.”

That’s what a bill that’s headed to the state House floor sets in place.

One lawmaker brought the legislation when she noticed some inconsistencies on an embroidered shirt for legislators.

House Bill 1102 requires consistent representation of the state seal for any official and commercial purposes.

Representative Sue Peterson brought the bill. She says when she ordered an official legislator shirt something was missing -- the state motto.

The State House of Representatives is sending the Senate a bill that places a 100-thousand dollar cap on out of state money for ballot question committees.
The House voted 50 to 18 in favor of the bill.
Most of the concern about H-B 1074 is whether it restricts free speech.
The bill’s sponsor State Representative Spencer Gosch says the measure protects South Dakota voters’ speech…

Governor Dennis Daugaard kicked of the 2017 legislative session with the annual State of the State address before a joint session of lawmakers.

Stories featured in this Statehouse Podcast: Amazon remits sales tax for South Dakota residents. Teachers saw a salary increase across the state but Democrats want adjustments regarding declining enrollment. War on drugs coming to state and offenders get one chance. Governor wants out-of-state think tanks to stay out of state business. Protestors want state to listen to voters; and working on transparency from the inside.

Dakota Digest July 1, 2016

Jul 1, 2016
SDPB - Jim Kent

On this week's edition of Dakota Digest, SDPB's Jim Kent joined up with fans and members of Glenn Miller Orchestra in Lead, SD at the Homestake Opera House. Also, a group of dinosaur fossils in Wyoming could change what scientists know regarding their behavior. Plenty of new laws are now active too, as it's July 1, 2016.

Argus Leader watchdog and political reporter Dana Ferguson talks with Dakota Midday host Lori Walsh about South Dakota's conflict of interest laws, the GEAR-UP fallout, and the winners and losers of the 2016 Legislative Session.

Lt. Governor Matt Michels sits down with Dakota Midday host Lori Walsh to talk about how a well-timed bit of humor can help lighten the tension during legislative sessions.

We start with highlights from light-hearted moments in the legislature. Then Lt. Gov. Michels explains the value of awareness, dignity, and compassion in doing the people's business in the Statehouse.

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.

As the 2016 legislative session enters its final days, the Dakota Political Junkies weigh in on last minute wrangling in Pierre, an assessment of the education overhaul, and the high stakes of medical marijuana legislation. We wrap it up with a nod to the difficult life and emotional toll of workign as a public servant in state politics.

Dakota Digest for March 4, 2016

Mar 4, 2016

On this week's edition of Dakota Digest, Governor Dennis Daugaard has veto'd the transgender bathroom bill. Also, the half-penny teacher pay bill has now passed both the senate and house and awaits the Governor's signature. 

Representative Shawn Bordeaux, Mission, and Representative Kevin Killer (Pine Ridge) return to Dakota Midday to discuss the legislative session after crossover day. From education to mascots, from legislation that is succeeding to bills that have been defeated, Bordeaux and Killer talk about what's ahead for the rest of the session.

Jenifer Jones

The Statehouse Podcast for February 4th, 2016 includes coverage of legislation on industrial hemp, and medical marijuana along with a bill allowing lawmakers to carry a concealed handgun in the capitol.  The podcast also includes coverage of  a bill requiring mandatory meningitis vaccination for middle school students and a bill dealing with science curriculum requirements - plus other legislation. 


Jenifer Jones

The effort to put medical marijuana before voters in November has hit a stumbling block.   The ballot petition submitted to the Secretary of State’s office failed to receive approval.  

Petition organizers submitted over 16-thousand signatures for verification. The Secretary of State’s Office validation process shows only about 9-thousand met requirements.  About 14-thousand valid signatures are needed.  Organizers have 30-days to challenge the ruling if they choose.   

Jenifer Jones

The Statehouse Podcast for February 3nd, 2016 includes coverage of legislation on transgender and gay marriage polices and effort to modify a measure dealing with health care passed by voters in 2014.  The podcast also includes an update on the bill requiring the results of abortion facility inspections to be posted on-line and legislation that requires schools to implement and practice safety plans.

Jenifer Jones

The Legislative Podcast for January 25th, 2016 includes stories on an effort to change the policy on transgender bathrooms and locker rooms in schools.  You can find more from opponents, and proponents who were interviewed on SDPB’s Dakota Midday.   This podcast also includes updates on legislation to mandate a meningitis vaccine for entry in school and an effort

Lawmakers Consider Ending Pac Man Tax

Jan 21, 2016

State Lawmakers are considering a plan to change the way arcade games in South Dakota are taxed.   

What could be called the Pac-Man Tax includes a registration system for coin operated amusement games that began in 1985.   Today some believe the system is out dated. 

If you’re in the right age bracket you know the video game Pac-Man.  

“Those of us who are older might remember Pac-Man days.  They had Pac-Man machines out and they were kind of the rage of the market,” says Bob Riter, a lobbyist for the Music and Vending Association of South Dakota .

Legislative Podcast: College Prep, Kickboxing Fees, Elder Abuse

Jan 19, 2016
Amy Varland

The Legislative Podcast for January 19th, 2016 includes stories on boosting college prep, an increase in kickboxing and MMA event fees, an effort to curb elder abuse, and a list of new prohibited drugs being considered by lawmakers.

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.

Legislative Podcast: State of the Judiciary, Education, Ethics Reforms

Jan 13, 2016
Melissa Hamersma / SDPB

The January 13th, 2016  SDPB Legislative Podcast features stories on the State of the Judiciary, education, and ethics reforms efforts.

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.