PIERRE, S.D. — Legislators are revisiting language in the state's regular update to the list of controlled substances after facing public pushback regarding the bill's scheduling of cannabidiol, often called CBD oil.
PIERRE, S.D. -- Chief Justice David Gilbertson is requesting an additional circuit court judge in the Sioux Falls area and is calling on state government to rehabilitate rather than incarcerate drug addicts in an effort to battle South Dakota’s drug epidemic.
PIERRE, S.D. -- In her first State of the State address, Republican Gov. Kristi Noem laid out her highly anticipated policy priorities for 2019, including developing a stronger workforce, building the state’s economy, building the state’s internet infrastructure and “cracking down” on methamphetamine abuse.
PIERRE, S.D. -- Three South Dakota lawmakers have introduced a bill hoping to prevent state officials from employing family members to the state.
PIERRE, S.D. — With less than a week to go before the start of the 2019 legislative session, 15 South Dakota lawmakers on Wednesday, Jan. 2, filed a resolution urging Congress to fund the construction of President Donald Trump's proposed Mexico border wall.
PIERRE, S.D. — The South Dakota Public Utilities Commission unanimously approved on Tuesday an application for a large wind farm to be located in the southeastern part of the state. The wind energy facility proposed by Prevailing Wind Park LLC would span more than 50,000 acres in Bon Homme, Charles Mix and Hutchinson Counties, with up to 61 wind turbines generating a total nameplate capacity of no more than 219.6 megawatts.
PIERRE, S.D. -- The South Dakota Democratic Party announced Monday, Nov. 19, that the legislature's Democratic caucus for the first time will be led by a Native American senator. Sen. Troy Heinert of Mission was voted by fellow party members to lead the caucus as the party's Senate Democratic Leader. He will replace former-Sen. Billie Sutton, who led Senate Democrats before giving up his seat for a gubernatorial bid in South Dakota's midterm election.
PIERRE, S.D. — The start of the legislative session may be more than a month away, but potential bills are already being floated by legislative task forces. In a meeting Tuesday, Nov. 13, the Agricultural Land Assessment Implementation and Oversight Advisory Task Force pushed ahead Senate Bill 1, which, if passed by the legislature, would allow agricultural land that hasn’t been used to grow crops for 10 years to be taxed as noncropland. The move would pose a victory for ranchers, who could be using land currently categorized and taxed as cropland for grazing.
PIERRE, S.D. -- With less than one week before South Dakota voters elect their new governor, the two major candidates are racing to the finish line. A poll from the Sioux Falls Argus-Leader last week sent shockwaves through the state when it showed Republican U.S. Rep. Kristi Noem and Democratic state Senate Minority Leader Billie Sutton in a virtual tie. According to the poll, 45 percent of 500 likely voters surveyed said they would vote for Noem, and 45 percent said for Sutton.
PIERRE, S.D. -- South Dakota Supreme Court Justice Steven Zinter of Pierre has died due to complications related to surgery, according to the state’s Unified Judicial System. “He was a giant in South Dakota’s legal community and judiciary and possessed a positive personality the likes of which I have never seen,” said Chief Justice David Gilbertson in a UJS release Tuesday, Oct. 30 “We are all better for knowing him.” According to the UJS, Zinter was 68 years-old when he died Tuesday.