- Senate panel approves transgender student bathroom bill Updated: Feb-11-16 4:10 pm
PIERRE, South Dakota - A bill limiting transgender students' use of bathrooms and locker rooms is headed to the full Senate against the urging of transgender people who testified, some clergy members and advocacy groups.
- Lawmakers vote to approve revenue targets for budgeting Updated: Feb-10-16 8:14 pm
PIERRE, South Dakota - A group of South Dakota lawmakers approved a roughly $1.48 billion target for general state revenues in the upcoming budget year Wednesday, the same day the state economist said he expects slow, but continued economic growth.
- House delays vote on sales tax hike for raising teacher pay Updated: Feb-10-16 7:18 pm
PIERRE, South Dakota - Education advocates plan to use an extra handful of days pressing lawmakers to support Gov. Dennis Daugaard's proposed half-cent sales tax hike for increasing teacher pay after House legislators postponed a vote Wednesday on the bill.
- Senate committee rejects measure to repeal death penalty Updated: Feb-10-16 2:15 pm
PIERRE, South Dakota - A Senate committee has defeated a measure that would repeal the death penalty in South Dakota.
- Bill would allow classic car owners to forgo front plate Updated: Feb-09-16 1:29 pm
SIOUX FALLS, South Dakota - A state House committee approved a bill Tuesday that would allow owners of classic and sporty show cars to display only rear South Dakota license plates.
- Sales tax hike for teacher pay passes state House committee Updated: Feb-08-16 7:01 pm
PIERRE, South Dakota - The half-cent sales tax increase that would help fund Gov. Dennis Daugaard's teacher pay plan passed its first legislative test Monday, but it now faces a competing push from the House Republican leader to increase salaries without raising taxes.
- House committee set to take up retirement system changes Updated: Feb-06-16 2:25 am
PIERRE, South Dakota - A legislative committee is set to take up a measure to create a new retirement plan for future public employees that includes a two-year increase in the normal retirement age to 67 for many new workers.
- Daugaard proposes oversight overhaul after GEAR UP scandal Updated: Feb-05-16 5:07 pm
PIERRE, South Dakota - Gov. Dennis Daugaard is proposing an overhaul of oversight for state government entities and outside organizations that receive grants through the state after a murder-suicide last year involving two employees of a Platte-based educational cooperative.
- Bill to allow guns in Capitol, courthouses moves forward Updated: Feb-05-16 10:00 am
PIERRE, South Dakota - A state House committee has approved a bill that would allow people to carry concealed weapons in the South Dakota Capitol or county courthouses if they have an enhanced permit.
- State House approves industrial hemp bill; heads to Senate Updated: Feb-04-16 5:10 pm
PIERRE, South Dakota - The state House of Representatives has approved a bill that would open the door to the cultivation of industrial hemp in South Dakota.
- Campus beer, wine sales measure receives committee approval Updated: Feb-04-16 4:40 pm
PIERRE, South Dakota - South Dakota's six public universities could see wine and beer sales on campus at sports and other special events under a plan that a legislative committee approved Thursday.
- Bill to allow concealed guns in South Dakota Capitol fails Updated: Feb-04-16 1:02 pm
PIERRE, South Dakota - A bill that would have allowed concealed weapon permit holders to bring guns into the South Dakota state Capitol failed in a legislative committee Thursday.
- Measure voiding transgender athlete policy passes committee Updated: Feb-03-16 3:08 pm
PIERRE, South Dakota - A measure that would void a high school activities association policy allowing transgender students to request to play on the athletic team of their choice is headed to the House floor after passing through a committee on Wednesday.
- Plan requiring drug tests for welfare faces first hearing Updated: Jan-28-16 6:06 am
PIERRE, South Dakota - A measure that would require South Dakota welfare applicants under 65 to pass drug tests before receiving food stamps or cash assistance is set to face its first legislative test.
- 'Good Samaritan' measures headed to state House floor Updated: Jan-27-16 3:37 pm
PIERRE, South Dakota - A state House committee approved a 'good Samaritan' measure Wednesday that would protect underage drinkers from facing some criminal penalties during medical emergencies.
- Republicans again target transgender student activity policy Updated: Jan-26-16 5:32 pm
PIERRE, South Dakota - Republican lawmakers are working to void a state high school activities association policy allowing transgender students to request to play on the athletic team of their choice.
- Lawmaker brings bill to make daylight saving time permanent Updated: Jan-26-16 2:00 pm
PIERRE, South Dakota - A Senate panel has approved a lawmaker's push to make it permanently daylight saving time in South Dakota because she's sick of changing her clocks.
- School safety plan requirement advances to Senate floor Updated: Jan-26-16 1:16 pm
PIERRE, South Dakota - A measure that would require South Dakota schools to have safety plans in place for potential violent incidents such as shootings is headed to the Senate floor after passing its first legislative test Tuesday.
- Bill aims to clarify state's workers' compensation law Updated: Jan-26-16 10:28 am
SIOUX FALLS, South Dakota - A bill introduced in the South Dakota House would clarify state law on when part-time employees injured on the job should also receive workers' compensation benefits for their other part-time positions.
- Panel moves to restrict renaming places such as Harney Peak Updated: Jan-22-16 4:39 pm
PIERRE, South Dakota - South Dakota lawmakers moved Friday to limit the power of a state board after it considered whether to recommend a new name for Harney Peak based on concerns from American Indians.
- Legislative committees diverge on county funding plans Updated: Jan-20-16 2:23 pm
PIERRE, South Dakota - South Dakota counties won approval Wednesday from a Senate committee to receive a share of alcohol tax funds, but House lawmakers shot down a more substantial plan to allow counties to impose sales taxes.
- Legislature approves changes to budgeting for transparency Updated: Jan-19-16 3:38 pm
PIERRE, South Dakota - Lawmakers have approved changes to how the Legislature sets South Dakota's budget that advocates say should give the public more opportunities to weigh in.
- Elder abuse proposal receives first hearing in Legislature Updated: Jan-19-16 12:56 pm
PIERRE, South Dakota - A proposal that includes provisions to make it a crime to emotionally or psychologically abuse an elderly person in South Dakota and largely bar felons from being guardians and conservators had its first legislative hearing Tuesday.
- Lawmakers mull changes to budget process for transparency Updated: Jan-15-16 11:36 am
PIERRE, South Dakota - Lawmakers are looking at changes to how they set South Dakota's budget that advocates say should give the public more opportunities to weigh in.
- Cheyenne River Sioux leader talks roads, Medicaid in speech Updated: Jan-14-16 8:00 pm
PIERRE, South Dakota - Cheyenne River Sioux Chairman Harold Frazier denounced racism, applauded the governor's pursuit of Medicaid expansion and urged lawmakers to provide more funding for roads in Indian Country on Thursday in the first address to a joint session of the Legislature from a South Dakota tribal leader.