Legislature

Inside South Dakota Politics: Week of February 5

There are a lot of bills in this year’s legislature that the Democratic Party and GOP have not been all that far apart on. There is a need, legislators know, to come together on issues like the nursing home crisis, transparency in government, the meth epidemic, and more. But there are a few bills coming up this week in Pierre…

Lawmakers to Weigh Asking Voters to Extend Legislative Terms

PIERRE, S.D. – South Dakota lawmakers are set to debate asking voters to double their current two-year terms in office. Senators and representatives would be able to serve two consecutive four-year terms under the measure introduced Wednesday. The plan would go on the 2020 ballot; if approved, the changes would take effect in January 2023. Categories: News, Politics Tags: Lawmakers,…

Legislative Breakfasts Better Connect Voters with Elected Officials, Issues

There are hundreds of bills that will be taken up by state legislators during the 2019 session, which is set to begin next week in Pierre. Because so many of the issues being debated have a first-hand impact on South Dakota families and Sioux Falls voters, in particular, the Sioux Falls Chamber of Commerce Thursday held its annual Legislative breakfast…

Lawmakers roll back bill to control refugee resettlements

PIERRE, S.D. (AP)– South Dakota lawmakers have neutered a measure that would have required the Legislature’s approval for refugee resettlements in South Dakota. A Senate committee Wednesday approved changes that simply would require private refugee resettlement agencies to provide an annual report to the governor and Legislature. The State Affairs Committee voted unanimously to send the bill to the floor….

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…

Initiated Measure 22 Moves Closer To Repeal

Senate State Affairs Commission Approves Repeal Bill, Moves To Senate Floor Thursday

The intent of Initiated Measure 22 was to limit political gifts, set up public funding for donations and establishes an ethics commission. In November, it passed in South Dakota with 51 percent support. Since, it has had a bumpy road. A judge placed a temporary injunction on the measure, which prevents it from going into effect until review by the…

Panel Approves Bill To Update Wiretap Law For Cellphones

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) – A legislative panel has approved one part of an anti-meth package that would allow South Dakota authorities to wiretap cellphones. The House Judiciary Committee voted unanimously Friday to send the bill to the chamber’s floor. State authorities and law enforcement agencies say the measure would give them another tool to keep up with criminals. It would…

Gov. Dennis Daugaard To Give His State Of The State Address

PIERRE (AP)– Gov. Dennis Daugaard is set to give his State of the State address to legislators at the South Dakota Capitol. The Republican governor’s speech kicks off the start of the 2017 legislative session Tuesday. Daugaard is expected to discuss issues ranging from mentally ill people entering the criminal justice system to growing meth use and mounting drug arrests….

Judge’s Move Putting Ethics Law On Hold Eases Legislative Leaders Concerns

Immediate Concerns Over Attending Interest Group Events During Legislative Session Receding

PIERRE, S.D. – Legislative leaders say immediate concerns over attending interest group events during the upcoming legislative session are receding because of a judge’s decision to put on hold a new anti-corruption law. Circuit Judge Mark Barnett last week issued a preliminary injunction, delaying the law’s implementation while a court challenge moves forward. The judge’s decision puts on hold a…