Politics

New rules for petition circulators head to SD Senate floor

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) – A Senate panel has advanced a pair of bills that would require ballot question signature gatherers to provide more information to voters or the secretary of state. The Senate State Affairs Committee voted Wednesday to send the proposals to the chamber’s floor. One would require circulators to provide petition signers their name, email and phone number….

Senators reject out-of-state money cap for ballot questions

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) – A Senate panel has rejected a proposal meant to cap the flow of money from outside South Dakota into the state’s ballot question campaigns. The Senate State Affairs Committee voted 5-4 Wednesday to defeat the plan. The measure would have restricted out-of-state donors to $100,000 in contributions to a South Dakota ballot question campaign per general…

SD House panel rejects bill to fill campaign finance gap

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) – A House panel has voted down a bill aimed at requiring ballot measure campaigns to disclose their donors while supporters gather signatures to qualify for the ballot. The House State Affairs Committee voted Wednesday to reject the measure. Democratic Sen. Reynold Nesiba, the sponsor, argued it would close a “loophole” in South Dakota campaign finance reporting….

Ballot Order Selected For April Election

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – Candidate Mike Gunn’s name will appear first on the ballot for Sioux Falls Mayor this upcoming election. Following state law, candidates’ names were selected at random today to determine the order they will appear on the April ballot. The city of Sioux Falls uses a canvas box to select names. Mike Gunn will be first, followed…

Bill To End University Collective Bargaining Fails In Senate

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) – A bill that would have ended collective bargaining at South Dakota’s public universities has failed in the state Senate. The chamber voted 18-16 Tuesday against the plan. It narrowly passed through the House and had Gov. Dennis Daugaard’s support. House Speaker Mark Mickelson, the bill’s sponsor, has said that it would save money and make the…

Lawmakers Ask Voters To Make Constitution Harder To Change

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) – South Dakota voters will decide in November if the state constitution should be harder to change. The state House of Representatives voted 55-9 Tuesday to send the proposed constitutional amendment to the fall ballot. It had passed through the Senate. The measure asks voters to increase the majority vote threshold required for a constitutional change to…

Iowa Senate OKs Traffic Camera Ban But Bill’s Future Unclear

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) – The Iowa Senate has approved a bill that would ban automated traffic enforcement cameras in the state, though the measure’s future is unclear. The Republican-controlled chamber voted 32-18 Tuesday for the legislation, which would prohibit devices tracking vehicles that speed or run a red light. The measure heads to the GOP-majority House, where leadership hasn’t…

Iowa Lawmakers Send K-12 Education Funding Bill To Governor

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) – Iowa lawmakers have approved K-12 education funding for the next school year and sent the spending plan to Gov. Kim Reynolds. The Republican-controlled Senate voted Monday for a bill that will provide a 1 percent increase, or about $32 million in new spending, toward Iowa’s roughly $3.2 billion education budget. The GOP-majority House approved the…

Sessions: Justice Dept Can Ban Bump Stocks With Regulation

WASHINGTON (AP) – Attorney General Jeff Sessions says Justice Department officials think they can ban rapid-fire bump stock devices without action from Congress. Sessions said Tuesday the department believes gun accessories like the ones used in last year’s Las Vegas massacre can be banned through the regulatory process. It comes after President Donald Trump ordered the Justice Department to work…

Sixteen Names to Appear on April City Election Ballot

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – Sioux Falls voters will have 16 candidates to choose from in the upcoming April election: six for mayor, and ten candidates for city council. Greg Jamison, Jolene Loetcher, Paul Tenhaken, Mike Gunn, Jim Entenman, and Kenny Anderson Junior have all been confirmed as mayoral candidates. Ten candidates are vying for four open city council seats. Janet…

Bill Taking Aim At University Collective Bargaining Advances

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) – A state Senate committee has passed a bill that would end collective bargaining at South Dakota’s public universities. The Senate State Affairs Committee voted 5-4 Monday to advance the legislation to the chamber’s floor. It has already passed through the House. House Speaker Mark Mickelson, the sponsor, says the bill would save money and make the…

South Dakota Republican Party Releases Statement on Passing of Don Rounds

From South Dakota Republican Party Chairman Dan Lederman: “On behalf of the entire South Dakota Republican Party, we are saddened by the loss of Don Rounds, father of US Senator Mike Rounds, State Representative Tim Rounds, and Crooks Mayor Jamison Rounds. Don was an active participant in the State Republican Party during his lifetime, and was a guiding example for…

Supreme Court Arguments Set In South Dakota’s Sales Tax Case

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) – The U.S. Supreme Court has scheduled oral arguments for April in South Dakota’s case seeking to collect sales taxes from out-of-state internet retailers. Attorney General Marty Jackley says arguments are calendared for April 17. South Dakota is asking the high court to review whether retailers can be required to collect sales taxes in states where they…

House Passes One-Subject Mandate For Constitutional Changes

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) – A measure that would ask voters to mandate that constitutional amendments encompass only one subject is headed to the South Dakota Senate. House lawmakers voted 56-11 Thursday to advance the resolution, which would put the constitutional change on the November ballot. House Speaker Mark Mickelson, the sponsor, has said it’s intended to make sure that people…