Politics

South Dakota Senate Panel Approves Data Breach Legislation

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) – A legislative panel has approved a bill that would require companies to inform South Dakota residents whose personal information was taken in a data breach. The Senate Judiciary Committee voted 7-0 Tuesday to advance Attorney General Marty Jackley’s bill. It would require residents be notified within 60 days of a breach’s discovery unless the company and…

South Dakota Open Primaries Push Raises Over $205K In 2017

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) – The campaign for a constitutional amendment that would move South Dakota to an open primary system for many political races raised more than $205,000 in 2017. Open Primaries South Dakota reported in January that it ended the year with roughly $1,000 on hand. Nearly all the campaign’s spending went to “Marketing.” The campaign’s largest donor was…

Bill To Fill Initiative Campaign Finance Gap Heads To Senate

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) – A bill aimed at requiring South Dakota ballot measure campaigns to disclose their donors while supporters gather signatures to get on the ballot is headed to the full state Senate. The State Affairs Committee voted 8-1 Monday for the proposal. It would require initiative campaigns to submit finance reports by July 1 in odd-numbered years when…

Tax Law Gives Unexpected Break To Farmers Who Sell To Co-ops

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) – Key senators and farm groups are trying to fix a provision in the federal tax overhaul that gave an unexpected tax break to farmers who sell their crops to cooperatives instead of other buyers. The provision from Republican Sens. John Thune of South Dakota and John Hoeven of North Dakota surfaced in the final days of the…

Group Praises Legislature’s Sexual Harassment Training

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) – A South Dakota organization that encourages women to enter politics says the group hopes sexual harassment training will help make the legislative session safer and more inclusive for women. The Wednesday training is required for legislative employees. Leaders say all lawmakers are expected to attend. LEAD South Dakota Co-Chair Susan Kroger says the training is a…

Brandon Fills Empty Seat On City Council

BRANDON, S.D. – Controversy is brewing in Brandon- after a packed city council meeting Tuesday night. Recently, a Brandon City Council member resigned for health reasons.  Three residents were vying for the open seat in the city’s 3rd ward. Chuck Parsons, James Starzl, and Tim Wakefield Junior applied for the position.  Bryan Read, the city administrator, says the council chose the…

Trump Administration Appeals Ruling On Young Immigrants

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) – The Trump administration is appealing a judge’s ruling temporarily blocking its decision to end protections for nearly 800,000 young immigrants. Attorneys for the U.S. Department of Justice said in a court filing Tuesday that they were appealing to the San Francisco-based 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals. The DOJ in a separate news release said it…

Lawmakers Delay Action On Data Breach Legislation

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) – A legislative panel has delayed action on a bill that would require companies to inform South Dakota residents whose personal information was acquired in a data breach. The Senate Judiciary Committee plans to take up the proposal again Thursday. Attorney General Marty Jackley’s bill would require affected South Dakotans be notified within 60 days. The plan…

Lawmakers May Take Up Campus Speech, Ballot Question Bills

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) – South Dakota lawmakers will attend sexual harassment training this week and could consider bills on ballot questions and free speech on campus. Legislators return Tuesday to the Capitol. Thirty lawmakers are backing a bill that supporters say would promote the free expression of ideas on college campuses. The plan says people can freely engage in “expressive…

Representative Kristi Noem Speaks to Walleyes Unlimited

Sioux Falls, S.D.- A South Dakota representative was in Sioux Falls today to speak to a South Dakota organization. Representative Kristi Noem spoke at the Scheels conference room to people from South Dakota Walleyes Unlimited. Many topics Noem discussed with members in a question and answer included the tax reform bill, lead tackle for fishing and meandered versus non-meandered waters in…

Trump Convenes Experts On Overhaul Of Nation’s Prison System

WASHINGTON (AP) – President Donald Trump is convening a group of governors, criminal justice experts and faith-based leaders to discuss ways of overhauling the nation’s prison system with an eye toward reducing the rate of recidivism. While Trump has put forward a tough-on-crime message his first year in office, the White House views changes to the prison system as an…

State Lawmakers To Re-Examine Harassment Rules, Get Training

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) – South Dakota lawmakers this session will attend sexual harassment training and plan to re-examine anti-harassment rules. The moves come after news reports about women who experienced sexism and harassment around the statehouse. The training for lawmakers and their staff – it’s only required for staff – will happen in January. Senate President Pro Tempore Brock Greenfield…

Justice: Meth, Prescription Drugs A ‘New Wave Of Evil’

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) – The South Dakota Supreme Court’s chief justice says an explosion of meth and prescription drugs is a “new wave of evil” that has descended upon state residents. Chief Justice David Gilbertson said Wednesday in his State of the Judiciary message that addiction to meth and prescription drugs continues despite efforts by law enforcement and the court…

How Governor’s Proposals Could Spark Growth of South Dakota Breweries

YANKTON, S.D. – Less than two minutes of the Governor’s State of the State address Tuesday addressed micro-breweries in South Dakota. The Governor says he plans to “peel back red tape” in the industry to allow home-grown breweries to expand. Now some area beer makers say those two minutes could dramatically change their businesses for years to come. “Our most…