Senator Billie Sutton

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Lawmakers are entering the third week of legislative session. By the end of this week, lawmakers say they’ll have a better sense of what kind of session is ahead.

Thursday marks the last day for unlimited bill introductions. They’ve already considered several bill aimed at the initiative and referendum process.

Lawmakers have voted on a handful of bills already aimed at clarifying and streamlining the ballot measure process, from petitions to voting.

Senate Vote On IM 22 Repeal Delayed Until Wednesday

Jan 26, 2017
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The South Dakota Senate will wait until Wednesday to vote on a measure to repeal Initiated Measure 22.
The delay gives lawmakers extra time to consider repealing a voter approved measure that critics say has been fast tracked through the legislature.

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.

Nesiba Reinstated By State Democrats

Jan 6, 2017

South Dakota Democrats are reinstating Senator-elect Reynold Nesiba after prosecutors say they’re dropping charges of sexual conduct without consent.

The Minnehaha County State’s Attorney says they found inconsistencies in evidence upon further investigation.

Minority Leader Senator Billie Sutton says the allegations against Nesiba are serious. Sutton says the Democratic caucus met this morning to

Kealey Bultena / SDPB

Governor Dennis Daugaard does not mince his words in his opposition to the voter approved Initiated Measure twenty two.

The governor spoke against IM 22 in his annual budget address
 Daugaard is refusing to fund the Democracy Credits that are part of the new law.  The law includes a publicly funded campaign finance system.
Democrats say that provision should remain priority funding.