Full House considers bill that prohibits transgender students from playing sports with the gender they identify with.

Lawmakers are moving forward with a funding mechanism to prop up an industrial help program in South Dakota if the legislation passes.


A House committee continues to push a bill that requires students to participate in activities under sex assigned at birth.

House lawmakers pass a bill requiring peition circulators for ballot questions register and get a badge from the Secretary of State's office. 

Governor commits $2.5 million for construction of new South Dakota School for the Blind and Visually Impaired.

Senate kills repealing presumptive probation.

Gender dysphoria bill fails in Senate State Affairs Committee.

Appropriations committee is considering increasing payments to nursing home facilities.

Senate lawmakers delaying vote on repealing Attorney General bill regarding presumptive probation. The governor opposes it. 

South Dakota is one of eight states where clergy are not incuded in mandatory reporting laws surrounding child abuse. Lawmakers are passing a bill to add clergy to the list.

House Republicans reject a bill that establishes an early childhood development council.

A House bill that legalizes the growth, production and processing of industrial hemp is now headed to the Senate chambers.

Lawmakers kill a bill that temporarily lifts the statute of limitations on child sex crimes against entities.

Senate passes bill that codifies the language of the Oceti Sakowin as the state's official indigenous language.

A bill that directs the Division of Criminal Investigation to prepare guidelines for collecting information on and investigating the cases of missing and murdered indigenous women advances.

An effort to codify the official indigenous language of state.

The House Education Committee is advancing a bill that requires high school students to pass a civics or citizen ship test before graduating; but limits questions to 10.

Governor asks lawmakers to pause the legalization of hemp as a crop. 

Restricting teachers from giving their opinions fails the State House Education Committee.

Official investigation into the Noem campaign during President Trump's visit to Sioux Falls for a fundraiser.

South Dakotans possessing edible marijuana products will continue to face a Class 5 felony if they're caught.

House Education Comittee passes a bill banning instruction on gender dysphoria to the house floor despite confusion on what the phrase "gender dysphoria" means.

Bill temporarily lifts the statute of limitations on sex crimes against children. It's part of an effort by survivors of child sexual abuse who want justice for crimes they say happened decades ago at a Catholic boarding school in Marty.

The House Agriculture and Natural Resources Committee killed a bill that changed the makeup of the Game, Fish and Parks Commission.

House Appropriatons will decide the fate of legislation mandating the state fund for the Aeronautics commission.

Senate Joint Resolution 2 calls for a vote on the legalization of sports betting.

Lawmakers reject a proposal to narrow the definition of resident for the purposes of voting in elections.

Democrats want a study of the state's tax structure but Republicans reject the idea.

Policy dispute in service areas between municipal utilities and rural electric coops.

A bill to undo the effects of a 2011 state Supreme Court opinion that overturned a rape conviction when it comes to intoxication and rape.

House Transportation committee approves a bille increasing the punishment for improperly using cellphones, laptops or tables while driving.

Bill definining landlord-tenant relationships for business properties.

One day after lawmakers send a bill to Governor Kristi Noem stripping permit requirements to carry a concealed pistol, the state senate rejects a bill to allow concealed carry in the capitol 

A bill headed to the house floor establishes a misdemeanor for failing to file birth and death certificates. The aim is to build a case against the fundamentalist church compound in the Black Hills near Pringle.

An attempt to include same-gender sex in the state's definition of adultery has been shot down in the House Judiciary Committee.

The State Senate rejects a bill that revises sonogram requirements.

Debate begins on standardized tests for home school students.

A bill that recognizes the official indigenous languages in South Dakota are Lakota, Dakota and Nakota has been introduced. If passed, it joins English as the common language for the state.

Lawmakers are looking for solutions to increasing rates of nursing home closures. Governor Kristi Noem proposed one-time increases in state funds for Medicaid reimbursement and $5 million in innovation grants.

Lawmakers are waiting for a bill that clarifies how the state reduces its sales tax percentage after a certain amount of new, online sales tax is collected.

A bill requiring another haf credit of civics education for high school graduates is moving to the senate floor for further debate.

Lawmakers are passing one of three bills that removes permit requirements for carrying a concealed pistol.

Senate Bill 49 is defeated. This is the third time in five years a measure requiring school students to participate in activities under their birth gender failed.

Governor Kristi Noem presented her budget proposals. She is asking lawmakers for addiitonal funds for the state's Medicaid providers.

Noem also outlined her goals for developing broadband internet services, a salary increase for state employees. Lawmakers rejected a bill that prhibits elected officials from hiring relatives and CBD is on ints way to being clearly removed from a list of scheduled drugs in South Dakota.

The House Commerce and Energy Committee is working to give employers a financial break. House Bill 1034 lowers the amount business owners contribute to the State Unemployment Trust Fund.

State Senators are passing a Senate Concurrent Resolution that commends Republican U.S. Senators John Thune and Mike Rounds for voting to confirm Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh. Not all Republican senators agreed.

The House Agriculture and Natural Resources committee is working to clarify the sales on big-game animal parts. South Dakota's restriction on campaign material in and near polling places will remain. Senate Health and Human Services committee will reconsider a bill that regulates cannabidiol (CBD) as a Schedule 4 drug.  Meaning it's only by prescription. An interim study bill on extraordinary cost fund for special education is moving through committee.

Rosebud Tribal Chairman Rodney Bordeaux asks lawmakers to share data and prosecute violent acts against women.  Senate Republicans urge Congress to fund construction for a border wall through a concurrent resolution. Tourism Secretary says national cap on temporary visas hurt tourism businesses in the state. Interim Secretary of Education says history and civics has a purpose in education. Governor Noem battles Meth crisis and the repeal of presumption probation is on the agenda for the new attorney general.

HB1104 Revises provisions regarding the arrest of victims of domestic abuse.

Lawmakers debate requiring paid sick days each year. Measure fails.

Senate Agriculture and Natural Resources Committee is moving a bill forward that changes an eligibility requirement to serve on the Game, Fish and Parks Commission.

House Judiciary committee is passing legislation to increase penalties for those who pay money for sex. HB1110 adds that a person convicted of one or more violations within a decade is a Class 6 felony.


The South Dakota House of Representatives passed HB1008 that allows officials to adjust speed limits due to weather conditions and road work.

The House Education Committee is considering a bill that requires open-enrolled students to alert their resident school district if they plan on returning for the next school year.

South Dakota lawmakers must regularly update controlled substance statutes in order to follow federal regulations. SB32 contains several updates.

HJR1001 passes House and removes authority for lawmakers to set their own pay.

Speaker of the House wants voters to decide whether legislators should get a pay increase.

A bill on the senate floor streamlines the licensing process for mental health and other counselors moving to South Dakota from other states. HB1040 grants licenses to counselors based on years of experience if in good standing.

Lawmakers are weighing the issue of a mother's privacy over her infant's health.


The Senate State Affairs Committee advances bills around voter registration; resolving language of voter approved initiated measures or constitutional amendments;  and reinforcing campaign funding limits.

South Dakota Secretary of Agriculture says he's paying attention to the budget and the ag economy. A new study reveals the economy remains slow in rural parts of the state. 

SDSU President plans to move forward with a precision agriculture facility. The governor says the budget is tight to make that happen.

A national group that advocates for state legislatures provided training centered on ethics, code of conduct and sexual harassment.

The House Judiciary Committee approves a bill adding several violent crimes to a list for parole calculation.

House Health and Human Services Committee is advancing a measure that allows counselors and therapists who hold licenses from other states to get a South Dakota license.

U.S. Education SEcretary Betsy DeVos approves South Dakota's plan under the Every Student Succeeds Act.


Jason Hancock, Director of South Dakota Legislative Research Council discusses changes and the role of the LRC.

The South Dakota House of Representatives is passing a bill that gives the LRC more time to draft and provide written comments for ballot measure petitions.

House STate Affairs Committee debates a bill creating a Citizens Initiative Review Commission.


The state wants to catch and prosecute any fraudulent gamblers and cheaters in Deadwood. Larry Eliason, Executive Secretary for South Dakota Commision on Gaming says there's a gap in state law.

The House State Affairs committee is passing a bill that seeks to clear up any confusion surrounding ballot measure questions. One critic says the change creates a system where a yes vote means no and vice versa.

Attorney General Marty Jackley says he wants legislation designed to restrict the supply of methamphetamine in South Dakota.  Jackley says there's a nationwide meth epidemic, and South Dakota lawmakers have a chance to lessen its effects in the state. 

South Dakota’s State Supreme Court Chief Justice David Gilbertson is pointing to the success of drug courts in reducing recidivism.  During his annual State of the Judiciary speech, Gilbertson called for similar courts for veterans and mental health.

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.

Kealey Bultena / SDPB

South Dakota schools are getting a minimal budget increase to cover inflation. State law requires lawmakers provide schools the money, but in tight budget years – like this one – they override that mandate. Education funding plans changed throughout the session.

One month ago, State Senators approved a bill that offers K-12 education a one percent increase. With a week left in the session, State Representatives decided they could offer no increase – not even one to cover inflation.

On the final day, Republican State Senator Deb Peters says lawmakers found a compromise.

In The Moment ... March 7, 2017 Show 044 Hour 2

SDPB’s Gary Ellenbolt hits the road for the state basketball tournaments. But first he checks in with In the Moment for a preview.

Lee Strubinger follows the quest to wrangle out-of-state money during South Dakota elections. He joins us from the SDPB Rapid City studios to talk about what didn’t succeed in the Statehouse this session and why.

Hugh Weber returns with another helping from the Potluck Society. Today we meet a local writer who dishes up encouragement through the power of podcasts.

Chris Laughery

In The Moment ... March 1, 2017 Show 040 Hour 2

Dakota Political Junkies Roger Whittle and Dana Ferguson join us to discuss “deeply held religious beliefs” as they relate to adoption in the state. We also discuss lawmaker attempts to address refugee vetting and dig in to definitions by talking about shell bills, hoghouse amendments, and what it means when lawmakers smoke a bill out of committee.


In The Moment... February 23, 2017 Show 036 Hour 1

We begin our conversation about sexual violence and domestic violence in the state with Michelle Markgraf, executive director of the Compass Center. We talk about how some victims take years to break the cycle of domestic abuse, how it’s never a good idea to close the door on someone who is struggling to leave an abusive relationship, and more.

In The Moment...January 10 2017 Show 007 Hour 2

Guests: SDPB's Kealey Bultena, information from the Statehouse; Tim Goodwin, new lawmaker representing District 30; John Anderson, Head Football Coach at the University of Sioux Falls; Steve Livermont, new lawmaker representing District 27; Hugh Weber, Contributor & Podcaster

Statehouse Podcast: FY18 Budget Address Recap

Dec 7, 2016

The Statehouse Podcast for December 7th, 2016 incudes excerpts and reaction following Governor Dennis Daugaards FY18 Budget Address.