Politics & Elections

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…

Bill Would Bar Iowa Officials From Working As Foreign Agents

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - An Iowa lawmaker is sponsoring a bill that would bar state officials from engaging in outside work as agents of foreign governments. Rep. Brian Meyer, a Des Moines Democrat, introduced House File 2018 Wednesday. Republican…

South Dakota's Chief Justice To Give State Of Judiciary

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) - The chief justice of the South Dakota Supreme Court will deliver an address to the Legislature. Chief Justice David Gilbertson's State of the Judiciary message is on Wednesday. It comes after the governor's State of the…

Gov. Daugaard Seeking Medicaid Work Requirement

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) - Gov. Dennis Daugaard says South Dakota is asking the Trump administration to allow the state to require some Medicaid health coverage recipients to work to obtain the benefits. Daugaard announced the proposal Tuesday during his State…

State Senate Democrat Proposes Anti-Harassment Rules Change

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) - South Dakota's top Senate Democrat has proposed new legislative rules that would have the nonpartisan legislative staff agency conduct investigations into allegations of harassment. Senate Minority Leader Billie Sutton outlined the change Tuesday to the Joint…

Trump Suggests 2-Phase Immigration Deal For 'Dreamers'

WASHINGTON (AP) - President Donald Trump is suggesting that an immigration deal could be tackled in two phases - first by taking care of the so-called Dreamers and border security, then by making comprehensive reforms to the immigration system. Trump…

Governor To Give Annual State Of The State Address

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) - Gov. Dennis Daugaard is set to give his annual State of the State address to lawmakers in Pierre. The speech in the state House chamber will be held Tuesday, when lawmakers gather for the 2018 legislative…

GOP Lawmaker Starting Group On Immigration, Refugee Programs

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) - State Sen. Neal Tapio says he will form a legislative work group to examine state immigration and refugee resettlement programs in South Dakota. The Republican from Watertown said Monday the group would analyze the programs' "financial…

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