South Dakota Legislature

Meet The Candidate: Debra Smith

Aug 10, 2018
Debra Smith

In The Moment ... August 9, 2018 Show 397 Hour 2

Debra Smith is a Democratic candidate for the South Dakota House of Representatives in District 26B.  From Vivian, Smith is a high school teacher in the Lyman school district.

Among Smith's concerns are education and the uncertainty of how a new governor will address it along with teacher pay and the imbalance between Republicans and Democrats in the legislature.

Adria Botella

In The Moment ... July 3, 2018 Show 371 Hour 2

The South Dakota State Legislature is conducting a summer study that includes a review of South Dakota's mental health services. State Senator Deb Soholt, representing District 14, joined In The Moment with an update on the study.

The State of South Dakota has filed a response to the Initiated Measure 22 lawsuit. SDPB political reporter Lee Strubinger joins Dakota Midday with an update.

Seth Tupper of the Rapid City Journal and Dana Ferguson of the Sioux Falls Argus Leader discuss the week's political news, highlighted by yesterday's annual budget address by Governor Dennis Daugaard. Described by some as "bare bones," Daugaard's budget proposes small increases for education and state employees. The governor took time Tuesday to blast Initiated Measure 22. He's recommending that legislators not fund a major part of the measure which was passed by voters last month.

Rick Weiland was instrumental in bringing Initiated Measure 22 before South Dakota voters. Now, as state lawmakers and policy makers struggle to interpret and implement the measure, Weiland joins Dakota Midday to address the challenges and opportunities of the Measure in detail.

Governor Dennis Daugaard joins Dakota Midday host Lori Walsh to preview his FY18 budget address and the upcoming legislate session, and answer questions about Medicaid expansion, education reform, and budget shortfalls.

Argus Leader Media

Dana Ferguson of Argus Leader Media looks ahead to the 2017 legislative session in this week's Dakota Political Junkies segment. She visits about bills that could be introduced and the possibility of a transgender restroom bill receiving enough petition signatures to be placed on the 2018 ballot.


SDPB political reporter Lee Strubinger visits about changes in the South Dakota Legislature after last week's election as he joins Lori Walsh on Dakota Midday.

South Dakota Unified Judicial System

South Dakota Supreme Court Justice David Gilbertson discusses the recommendations of the Mental Health Task Force and details the legislative support required to implement suggestions.

Melissa Hamersma

Dakota Political Junkies Dana Ferguson and Jonathan Ellis of the Sioux Falls Argus Leader delve into results of some of South Dakota's legislative elections held Tuesday. They discuss the makeup of the legislature for the session that begins in January.

Jonathan Ellis of the Sioux Falls Argus Leader discusses last night's Vice Presidential Debate between Tim Kaine and Mike Pence. He also touched on ballot issues and legislation that protects physicians from fraud charges.

Dakota Midday: Dakota Political Junkies

Sep 26, 2016
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Dakota Political Junkies Jon Hunter and Seth Tupper discussed Initiated Measure 22. The measure extensively revises state campaign finance laws while requiring additional disclosures and increasing reporting. It lowers contribution amounts to political action committees and creates a publicly funded campaign finance program for statewide and legislative candidates who choose to participate and agree to limits on campaign contributions and expenditures.

Some Nebraska lawmakers are campaigning for a South Dakota ballot initiative. Nebraska elects state legislators without separating them into political parties. They say many of the legislative races in South Dakota are decided even before the general election - and that erodes the integrity of the political system. Nebraska has used non-partisan elections for more than 80 years. SDPB's Kealey Bultena has this conversation with Nebraska State Senators Galen Hadley, Colby Coash and Adam Morfeld.

South Dakota Democrats and Republicans held state conventions over the weekend.  Representatives from both parties join Dakota Midday to recap the convention and discuss key platform issues in South Dakota.

State Senator Billie Sutton is the Senate Democratic Leader and co-chair of the SDDP Convention. He talks about platform issues and what state Democrats see as the missed opportunity of Medicaid expansion.

South Dakota GOP Executive Director Ryan Budmayr discusses platform issues and how state Republicans are reconciling differences to unite the state party.

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.

Legislative Research Council

In July 2013, Ronald Ray Fischer sped through a stop sign and killed two people who were standing in a Pickstown parking lot. First Circuit Judge Bruce Anderson did not find that Fischer's manslaughter charges fit the circumstances and instead found Fischer guilty of two counts of vehicular homicide.

The South Dakota Legislature is now batting around versions of a bill designed to ensure that egregiously impaired drivers who cause death face greater penalties.

Legislative Research Council

House Bill 1107 is headed to the Senate side of the legislature. That's the bill designed to protect religious entities against losing government money or tax breaks because they discriminate against gay or transgender people. The bill passed the House on Monday, Feb. 8. Proponents say the bill protects religious freedom, but opponents say it is likely unconstitutional and will result in lawsuits against the state.

Dakota Midday: Dakota Political Junkies

Jan 27, 2016
South Dakota Legislature Legislative Research Council

Dakota Political Junkies Denise Ross and Jonathan Ellis joined guest host Kealey Bultena Wednesday to discuss several issues from the 2016 legislative session in Pierre.  A Daylight Savings bill sponsored by Senator Betty Olson of Prairie City was approved by a Senate panel yesterday.  The bill seeks to reject Standard Time, eliminating the changing of clocks twice a year.  The Junkies also visited about HB 1008, an act to restrict access to certain restrooms and locker rooms in public schools, the advancement of a school safety requirement plan in the state senate and more.

Dana Ferguson (Sioux Falls Argus Leader) and Seth Tupper (Rapid City Journal) discuss the competing rights and issues of the Patriot Act, reactions to Governor Daugaard's State of the State address, and what to watch for in the 2016 South Dakota legislative session. (Includes Charles Michael Ray's interview with South Dakota Senator Mike Rounds.)

Dakota Midday: Dakota Political Junkies

Dec 10, 2015

Roger Whittle, managing editor of the Watertown Public Opinion, and Denise Ross, editor with the Black Hills Knowledge Network/South Dakota Dashboard, discusses Tuesday's budget address by Governor Dennis Daugaard.  They also visited about the latest news concerning EB-5 lawsuits and the possibility that the U.S. Air Force could base some of its F-35 joint strike fighters in Sioux Falls.

South Dakota Speaker of the House Dean Wink and Democratic Senator Billie Sutton visited with guest host Cara Hetland ahead of Governor Dennis Daugaard's annual budget address to discuss legislative priorities for the 2016 session.

Dakota Political Junkies

Mar 19, 2014

Governor Dennis Daugaard was certified as a candidate yesterday.  It's expected that Daugaard will announce next week that he's running for a second term.  This week's Dakota Political Junkies, Kevin Woster and Roger Whittle, also discussed the 2014 legislative session, the U.S. Senate race and State Senator Phil Jensen's comments that government shouldn't interfere in the private sector's ability to engage in race-based discrimination.

Arts Day At State Capitol

Feb 18, 2014

Today is Arts Day at the State Capitol in Pierre.  The annual event is sponsored by the advocacy group South Dakotans for the Arts.  Around 120 pieces of art created by students in every legislative district are featured on tote bags given to all state lawmakers, Governor Daugaard and other officials.  Secretary of Education Melody Schopp discussed the arts in South Dakota's schools.  She was joined by Winner High School teacher Karyl Clay and Winner High School Junior Samantha Simkins.

Abortion Wait Raises Debate

Mar 29, 2013

House Bill 12-37 was signed by Governor Dennis Daugaard earlier this month, extending South Dakota’s 72-hour abortion waiting period to not include weekends or holidays. As SDPB’s Jilanne Doom reports in today’s Dakota Digest, though the bill is now law, the abortion argument in the state is far from over.

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