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SD State Lawmakers Introduce Anti-Nepotism Bill

ALEXANDRIA, S.D. – South Dakota republican lawmakers have filed yet another bill that has people talking. It’s an anti-nepotism bill that would prevent government employees from hiring immediate family members. Governor Kristi Noem and one her new hires share a lot in common, including their last name. Noem recently hired her daughter, Kennedy, as a policy analyst. Kennedy just graduated…

SD Abortion Bill Would Require Patient See Sonogram and Hear Possible Heartbeat

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – It’s back to business for the South Dakota state legislature, and lawmakers have a number of bills to discuss. One of them concerns a hot-button issue, abortion. It’s a bill that’s been in the works for two years, and now, it’s making its way to Pierre. Right now, doctors offer patients seeking an abortion the option…

South Dakota Farmers Feeling Optimistic After Congress Passes Farm Bill

S.D.-Many area farmers are feeling optimistic about an $867 billion federal farm bill. It was passed by Congress on Dec. 12th. “It’s not perfect, but we’re certainly happy with it,” said Lisa Richardson, Executive Director of the South Dakota Corn Growers Association. Farmers got hit hard this year by tariffs due to the trade war with China. This bill will…

Distributors and Brewers Weigh in on Craft Beer Bill

SIOUX FALLS, SD – A proposed craft beer bill making its way through the South Dakota legislature would loosen state regulations on micro-breweries.They could make more beer and sell and deliver it right to stores, bars and restaurants. Some distributors are worried about how this will affect them. At Beal Distributing they are busy working. they have 87 people on staff…

Felony Suspects: Mug Shots Will Soon Be Public Record In SD

Attorney General Says New Law Would Provide More Transparency, More Accurate Reporting

It’s not often that the public sees a mug shot in South Dakota. Only in rare circumstances, if a criminal is a fugitive or has escaped from jail or prison, can law enforcement officials release them. But that’s about to change after Gov. Dennis Daugaard signed a bill last week that will make some of them public record. The South…

Minnehaha Co. Sheriff Opposes Concealed Carry Permit Bill Sent To House Floor

Bill's Main Sponsor Says People Who Are Denied Permits Won't Get Rid Of Guns

A South Dakota House Committee recently approved a bill that would allow people to carry a concealed handgun without a permit. The bill passed through the State Affairs Committee in a 7 to 6 vote Wednesday, sending it to the house floor. Todd Epp of Harrisburg said, “I probably fired a rifle when I was seven or eight years old…

Full Senate To Take Up Voter-Approved Ethics Overhaul Repeal

PIERRE, S.D. (AP)– The South Dakota Senate plans to take up a Republican-backed bill that would sweep away a government ethics overhaul approved by voters in November. The chamber on Thursday is scheduled to consider the bill, which would repeal the ballot initiative that created an ethics commission, public campaign funding and limitations on lobbyist gifts to lawmakers. The Senate…

Pharmacist Weighs In On Senate Bill Aimed To Curb Controlled Substance Abuse

A South Dakota Senate Committee passed a bill Wednesday in an effort to help curb controlled substance abuse. Under the bill, that effort would fall on the shoulders of doctors and pharmacies. But as KDLT’s Jill Johnson explains, many of them are already doing their part. “Hydrocodone, Oxycodone, OxyContin, to a lesser extent Tramadal.” Pharmacist Dan Peterson says some people…

Two Men Arrested For Using Counterfeit Bills At SF Business

Two men were arrested after trying to use counterfeit bills at a Sioux Falls business. Thirty-seven-year-old Senthong Noy Phiengsai and 29-year-old Brendan Xaysee Kue are charged with possession of a forged instrument, which is a felony. Police say the men were playing video lottery at a business on North Potsdam Avenue, near East Benson Road and East 39th Street North…