Archive for February 20th, 2016

South Dakota Rep. Lynne  DiSanto

Where to Find Money for Teachers

During the Rapid City Legislative Crackerbarrel meeting this morning, Jim Hansen, head of the Rapid City Board of Education, asked what is the plan to get us out of the education problem we’re in, if the recommendation of the Blue Ribbon Task Force isn’t the answer. Hansen claimed legislators would “decimate our schools” if they did not fund an education funding increase.

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South Dakota Rep. Lance Russell

Govt Lobbyists Versus South Dakota Taxpayers

A question was asked at the Rapid City Legislative Crackerbarrel meeting today in Rapid City about “separation of powers” and how the executive branch heavily lobbies the legislative branch of South Dakota government in Pierre.

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South Dakota Rep. Scott Craig

Transgender Restroom Bill Discussed at Rapid City Crackerbarrel Meeting

At the Rapid City Legislative Crackerbarrel meeting on Feb. 201, 2016, a transgender woman who has mutilated her body to appear masculine asked about HB 1008, a bill recently passed by the legislature and now being considered by the governor, which requires boys to use the body’s restroom/locker room and girls to use the girl’s restroom/locker room in schools.

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South Dakota Rep. Lynne DiSanto

South Dakota Rep. Lynne DiSanto at Rapid City Legislative Crackerbarrel

South Dakota Rep. Lynne DiSanto was one of the featured speakers at the Rapid City Legislative Crackerbarrel meeting today. DiSanto spoke about some of the bills she has sponsored. She also discussed HB 1182, the education tax increase bill.

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South Dakota Rep. Brian Gosch

South Dakota Rep. Brian Gosch at the Rapid City Crackerbarrel Meeting

South Dakota Rep. Brian Gosch was one of the featured speakers at the Rapid City Legislative Crackerbarrel meeting today  (video below). Gosch is the House Majority Leader in the South Dakota Legislature.  Gosch said there are 247 bills in the House this year, 171 bills in the Senate, 14 House concurrent resolutions, 2 Senate concurrent resolutions, 2 House joint resolutions, and 4 Senate joint resolutions.  Gosch explained that resolutions have no force of law and only make a statement, and concurrent resolutions affect both chambers.  Joint resolutions can be used to refer matters to the ballot. The deadline for action on bills is Tuesday for every bill to be through committee, and Wednesday for every bill to have been voted on in its originating house before it can advance to consideration by the other body of the legislature. This is known as “crossover day.”  There are three weeks to go in […]

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South Dakota Rep. Scott Craig

South Dakota Rep. Scott Craig on Education Tax Vote Switch

At the Rapid City Legislative Crackerbarrel meeting today, South Dakota Rep. Scott Craig was one of the featured speakers. Craig used his time primarily to address his change of heart on HB 1182, the education tax increase.

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Rapid City Legislative Crackerbarrel meeting, Feb.  20, 2016

Education Tax Dominates Rapid City Crackerbarrel Meeting

The latest Rapid City legislative crackerbarrel meeting was held at the South Dakota School of Mines today. The recently voted down education tax increase was the dominating topic at the gathering.

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