Politics & Elections

Senator Wants To Bar People In US Illegally From SD Colleges

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) - A South Dakota state senator has proposed banning people who are living in the U.S. illegally from enrolling at any of the state's public universities. Republican Sen. Stace Nelson's bill introduced this week would also declare…

Lawmaker Seeks Control Over Public University Tuition Hikes

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) - The state Legislature would have control over tuition increases at South Dakota's public universities under a bill introduced at the Capitol. Republican Rep. Lynne DiSanto said Tuesday that the state Board of Regents, which currently sets…

Under The Influence? SD Lawmaker Would Drug-Test Colleagues

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) - A South Dakota Republican lawmaker wants to require all state legislators to be drug-tested. Rep. Tim Goodwin's bill would mandate members of the Legislature be tested within two weeks of getting sworn into office and two…

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…

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…

Extension Of Law Governing Lakes On Private Land Advances

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) - Gov. Dennis Daugaard's bill to extend an expiring law that governs the use of lakes on private land for recreation has passed its first legislative test. A Senate committee voted 7-2 Thursday to advance the bill.…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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