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Legislature Passes Bill That Would Encourage Buffer Strips

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) - The South Dakota Legislature has approved a bill that would encourage people to install buffer strips between agricultural land and waterways. The state House voted Monday to send the measure to Gov. Dennis Daugaard, who proposed…

Iowa GOP Lawmakers In Senate Approve 'Personhood' Bill

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - A so-called personhood bill that would effectively ban abortion in Iowa has passed out of a legislative subcommittee, though it's unclear if it has the necessary backing to clear the Senate. The measure was approved…

MN Senate Voted To End Ban On Sunday Liquor Sales

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) - The Minnesota Legislature has voted to repeal the state's long-standing ban on Sunday liquor sales. The state Senate passed a bill undoing the Prohibition-era ban on a 38-28 vote Monday. It follows the House's overwhelming…

House Committee Advances Ban On Powdered Alcohol Sales

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) - A state House panel wants to ban powdered alcohol in South Dakota. The Commerce and Energy Committee voted 10-3 Friday to send the bill to the chamber's floor. It has passed through the Senate. Republican Sen.…

South Dakota 'Gold Card' Pistol Permit Gets Federal Approval

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) - A new South Dakota concealed pistol permit that supporters say will speed up gun shopping for permit holders has received federal approval. South Dakota officials said Friday that the Federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and…

House Wants Industrial Hemp For South Dakota

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) - House lawmakers have endorsed allowing the cultivation of industrial hemp in South Dakota. The chamber voted 51-16 Thursday to send the measure to the Senate. Supporter Rep. Elizabeth May, a Republican, says lawmakers need to give…

Bills Targeting Transgender Bathroom Access Are Floundering

Bills to curtail transgender people's access to public restrooms are pending in a dozen states, but even in conservative bastions such as Texas and Arkansas they may be doomed by high-powered opposition. The bills took on a new significance this…

Daugaard Signs Bill To Create Tech School Oversight Board

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) - Gov. Dennis Daugaard has signed into law a measure setting up a new board to oversee South Dakota's four technical institutes. The Republican governor on Thursday signed the bill, which creates the South Dakota Board of…

Bill Could Hamper SD Same-sex Couples Looking To Adopt

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) - Same-sex couples and single parents in South Dakota could face obstacles if they want to adopt from religious child placement agencies under a bill that passed the state Senate. The Senate on Wednesday voted 22-12 to…

Iowa House Panel OKs Medical Marijuana Oil Bill

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - An Iowa House subcommittee approved a bill that would legalize medical marijuana oil and create a state-run program to grow and dispense the product. People affected by epileptic seizures, multiple sclerosis and cancer spoke Wednesday…

Senate Panel Passes Protest Bill Over Tribes' Objections

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) - Gov. Dennis Daugaard's public safety bill anticipating potential oil pipeline protests has passed its first legislative test. A Senate panel voted 6-3 Wednesday to approve it over the objections of Democrats and tribal officials. The bill…

Panel Advances Plan To Create Government Watchdog Board

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) - A House panel has endorsed creating a government watchdog board that would be able to investigate statewide officeholders and executive branch employees. The State Affairs Committee voted Wednesday to send the measure to the full chamber.…

South Dakota Bill Leaves Evolution Skepticism Up To Teachers

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) - South Dakota legislators are weighing whether to let teachers decide how much skepticism to work into lessons on contentious scientific topics such as evolution and climate change. A House committee on Wednesday is set to consider…

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