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On November 9, 1992, South Dakota officially dropped its monicker as “The Sunshine State” and became known as “The Mount Rushmore State.” As chronicled by the Black Hills Pioneer, then…
Members of the state Legislature's task force on initiatives and referendums has brought up the topic of again moving the deadline for filing voter-signed petitions that seek changes to South…
On July 1, 2017, Bill 1170 will become law. According to the Rapid City Journal, the bill redefines conflicts of interests as applies to members and spouses of 23 state boards and…
South Dakota's Obligation Recovery Center has successfully collected $1.25 million in unpaid fees and taxes, which has been given back to various state departments and agencies, reports the Rapid City…
In February, new state revenue estimates were adopted by the state legislature when it became clear that South Dakota was looking at a $43 million shortfall.  After reviewing revenue for…
South Dakota's Game, Fish, and Parks Department has placed its plans for the purposed Spearfish State Park as well as its acquisition of Bismarck Lake on hold for the time…
Following the repeal of Initiated Measure 22, a group is preparing a new ballot measure to replace it. The measure made changes to campaign finance and ethics laws, including limiting…
The South Dakota House failed to garner enough support to override Governor Dennis Daugaard's vetoes of two gun bills that would have further loosened restrictions on carrying concealed guns in…
Governor Dennis Daugaard vetoed two bills concerning firearm permits, reports KOTA News. House Bill 1072 would have allowed South Dakota residents to carry concealed firearms without a permit, while the…
The Congressional Budget Office estimates 24 million people will be impacted by legislation concerning health insurance proposed by Republican legislators, reports the Rapid City Journal.  The proposed legislation would reduce federal…
Legislators are looking to find $600,000 to fund a one year pilot program to combat methamphetamine use in South Dakota, reports the Rapid City Journal. The program would also expand…
The South Dakota House of Representatives approved House Bill 1072, which would allow people to conceal carry without a permit. According to a Rapid City Journal article, the House voted…
The State Senate currently has several bills before it that deal with certain provisions from the repealed Initiative Measure 22. The Rapid City Journal reports that the bills under consideration…
Governor Dennis Daugaard recently announced that he plans to veto two bills. House Bill 1091 would allow concealed carry weapons into the state Capitol building, while House Bill 1072 would allow…
Initiated Measure 22 has been officially repealed as of this past week, but it continues to be a hotly debated topic at crackerbarrel meetings. The Rapid City Journal reports that…
A bill that established a state of emergency to allow for the swift repeal of Initiated Measure 22 recently passed the Senate State Affairs Committee by a vote of 7-2,…
Legislators met for the public for the first, and maybe last, time under new Crackerbarrel rules. In the past, audience members at the Rapid City Chamber of Commerce Crackerbarrels were…
Several bills have been presented for consideration this week in the South Dakota Legislature, reports the Rapid City Journal. The Senate Transportation Committee is considering Senate Bill 22 that would…
South Dakota Secretary of State, Shantel Krebs, has undertaken a re-write of the ethics bill (Initiated Measure 22) that lawmakers are threatening to repeal next week, writes the Rapid City…
The South Dakota Legislature currently has a bill before it that would lessen the state's oversight of carnival rides. The Rapid City Journal reports that House Bill 1007 would eliminate the need…
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