Politics & Elections

Gov. Dennis Daugaard signs $4.7B South Dakota state budget

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) - Gov. Dennis Daugaard has signed a roughly $4.7 billion state budget that includes funding hikes for education, Medicaid providers and state employees for the upcoming budget year. The Republican executive signed the measure Wednesday that sets…

Governor signs laws on data breaches, tougher drug penalties

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) - South Dakota Attorney General Marty Jackley says Gov. Dennis Daugaard has signed a bill that imposes harsher penalties for methamphetamine dealing and manufacturing. Jackley's office said Wednesday the new law also includes mandatory prison sentences for…

Supreme Court limits reach of tax crime statute

WASHINGTON (AP) - The Supreme Court is making it harder for the federal government to use a section of the tax law to convict someone of a crime. The court ruled Wednesday to limit the application of a statute that…

Governor Daugaard Unsure Yet of Bills He May Veto

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. - South Dakota Gov. Dennis Daugaard says there are "a few" bills that he's thinking about vetoing before the 2018 legislative session officially ends. The Republican executive didn't specify Tuesday which bills he might reject. State lawmakers…

Does Ballot Order Matter?

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. - There are 18 candidates running in city and school board races in Sioux Falls. The order they are listed on the ballot was selected at random. But does…

Gov. Dennis Daugaard debating 'a few' potential bill vetoes

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) - South Dakota Gov. Dennis Daugaard says there are "a few" bills that he's thinking about vetoing before the 2018 legislative session officially ends. The Republican executive didn't specify Tuesday which bills he might reject. State…

Iowa House approves $35M in mid-year cuts to state budget

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - The House has approved more than $35 million in mid-year cuts to Iowa's $7.2 billion budget. The Republican-controlled chamber voted 59-41 Tuesday along party lines for the reductions, which impact the budget running through June.…

House GOP toughens penalties for protest damages

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) - Some Minnesota lawmakers are renewing efforts to punish protest organizers when their event leads to property damage. The House civil law committee advanced a bill that broadens civil and criminal liabilities for protest groups. Thursday's…

Gov. Dayton's budget cues up tax fight with GOP

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) - Gov. Mark Dayton wants to undo some GOP-backed tax breaks passed last year and give some money back to Minnesota families. Removing tax cuts for some tobacco products, commercial properties and wealthy estates passed and…

Senate passes bill easing Dodd-Frank rules for banks

WASHINGTON (AP) - The Senate has passed bipartisan legislation easing bank rules that were enacted after the financial crisis to prevent a relapse. The Senate voted 67-31 for a bill from Republican Senator Mike Crapo of Idaho that would scale…

Iowa House ends effort this session to ban traffic cameras

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - The Iowa House has shot down an effort to ban automated traffic enforcement cameras in the state, effectively ending the effort this session. The Republican-controlled chamber voted 55-43 Wednesday against a proposal that would have…

Deal reached to fix unintended tax break for certain farmers

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) - Congressional committees and farm groups have crafted language to fix a provision in the federal tax overhaul that gave an unintended tax advantage to farmers who sell their crops to cooperatives instead of other buyers. Both sides…

House approves bill to improve school safety

WASHINGTON (AP) - The House has approved a bill to improve school safety in the wake of the shooting that left 17 dead at a Florida high school. The bill authorizes $500 million over 10 years for grants to improve…

Trump pays visit to prototypes for border wall

SAN DIEGO (AP) - President Donald Trump is paying a visit to the prototypes that have been built on the outskirts of San Diego for his promised border wall. The eight 30-foot-tall models are supposed to be used to help…

Elections office separates Krebs from US House race info

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) - Secretary of State Shantel Krebs' office has instituted a "legal firewall" separating Krebs from information about the South Dakota U.S. House election in which she's running. The office says Krebs instituted the policy to protect the…

Dayton, lawmakers propose overhaul of senior care oversight

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) - Gov. Mark Dayton and lawmakers are proposing major changes to the state's oversight of Minnesota's senior care facilities. Widespread abuse and neglect of seniors and the state's lax oversight have made it a top priority…

Tillerson out at State, to be replaced by CIA chief Pompeo

WASHINGTON (AP) - Rex Tillerson is out as secretary of state. President Donald Trump tweeted Tuesday morning that he's naming CIA director Mike Pompeo to replace Tillerson. Pompeo is to be replaced at CIA by Gina Haspel, Pompeo's deputy at…

President Trump Fires Rex Tillerson

WASHINGTON (AP) - Rex Tillerson is out as secretary of state. President Donald Trump tweeted Tuesday morning that he's naming CIA director Mike Pompeo to replace Tillerson. Pompeo is to be replaced at CIA by Gina Haspel, Pompeo's deputy at…

Law governing use of lakes on private land made permanent

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) - Gov. Dennis Daugaard has signed a bill to make permanent an expiring law that governs the use of lakes on private land for recreation. The Republican initially pushed the Legislature to move the law's June expiration…

Independent redistricting initiative falls short of ballot

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) - South Dakota's chief elections official says the campaign for a proposed constitutional amendment that would have taken control of redistricting from state legislators and given it to a new commission didn't submit enough valid signatures to…

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