Working Late Into The Night to End The 2019 Legislative Session…..
In South Dakota we often adjust plans because of weather. The last week of the 2019 legislature was scheduled to run through Wednesday, March 13, but with a record-breaking storm forecast, we worked to shorten it. On Tuesday, we started early and were told to expect a long day.... Read more
Getting Ready for The Keystone Pipeline
Thursday, March 7 was the last day for a bill to be acted on by both chambers of the legislature. Debate went well into the evening as the House gave every remaining Senate bill a final hearing. Here are some highlights. SB176 is the Governor’s request for seed money... Read more
Cross Over Day…….
The busiest week of the 2019 session is now history. Monday was “cross over day”, the day when every bill has to have been acted on and either sent on to the other chamber or defeated. It was a long day, taking until 9:30 to get through all the... Read more
Important Bills in The House
The legislative session is starting to feel a lot like the snow and this winter – a little deep and long. Fortunately, the end of both, are not that far off! Important bills in the House this past week: HJR1003 – is a resolution to let the voters decide... Read more
Hot Topics-Growing Hemp, Civics Tests  and Gender Dysphoria
We have reached that part of the legislative session where the floor debates are often intense. This past week, the hot topics in the House were hemp, civics and gender dysphoria. HB1191 would allow South Dakota farmers to grow industrial hemp. This possibility has been discussed for some time,... Read more
House Floor Bills…….
Highlights from this week in the House included HB1088, a renewed attempt to curb distracted driving. The bill would make using some capabilities of a cell phone or other device (like texting, Facebook, Twitter, YouTube . . .) while driving, a primary offense and a Class 2 misdemeanor. A... Read more
The Gun Bill- “Constitutional Carry”
The big news this past week is probably the “gun bill”. Senate bill 47 (SB47) passed the House 43-27 on its final stop in the legislative process, and was signed into law by Governor Noem at her first official bill signing ceremony on Thursday. The Governor had clearly campaigned... Read more
Off To The Races…….
We just finished week 3 of the legislature and it looks like we’re off to the races. After a slower than normal start, the bill count more than tripled in the House to 170. The Senate is close behind at 140. In addition, legislators have so many more bills... Read more
Public and Home School Students Compete Equally for Scholarships
Week two of this year’s legislative session is complete. One bill of note this week is House Bill 1040 (HB1040), brought by Rep. Sue Peterson of Sioux Falls. HB1040 would level the playing field so that both public and home school students have the same standard for an important... Read more
Inauguration Of South Dakota’s 33rd Governor
The 94th session of the South Dakota legislature got underway this past week in Pierre. So many things happened that it’s hard to know what to report on. Topping the list, however, has to be the inauguration of a new Governor and all the changes that result. Elected only... Read more