Category: South Dakota

South Dakota Legislative Billwatch, Feb. 27, 2015

South Dakota Legislative Billwatch, Feb. 27, 2015

Important legislation being considered by the South Dakota Legislature today includes the overhaul of the state juvenile justice system, domestic violence changes, quarantine for contagious diseases, immunizations, sex offender requirements, gambling taxes, DUI and human trafficking.

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South Dakota Legislative Billwatch, Feb. 25, 2015

South Dakota Legislative Billwatch, Feb. 25, 2015

Below are some of the important bills being considered in the South Dakota. They include legislation on expanding gambling in Deadwood, a youth minimum wage, immunizations, abortions, Medicaid funding, wind farm taxes, as well as some “empty shell” bills that we’ll have to wait to “find out what is in them.”

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South Dakota Legislative Billwatch, Feb. 24, 2015

South Dakota Legislative Billwatch, Feb. 24, 2015

There are a lot of bills scheduled to be considered in the South Dakota Legislature today. Several deal with education, including an attempt to “smoke out” a bill to pull the state out of Common Core that was killed in committee, legislation to do away with marriage licenses, and a bill to protect religious freedom from homosexual activists.

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Rep. Lynne DiSanto at the Rapid City Legislative Crackerbarrel

Rep. Lynne DiSanto at the Rapid City Legislative Crackerbarrel

Rep. Lynne DiSanto of South Dakota District 35 was one of the featured speakers at the third legislative crackerbarrel meeting in Rapid City. DiSanto provided some background about herself, and discussed some of the bills she has sponsored in this, her freshman term in the South Dakota Legislature.

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Video: More Questions on Common Core

Video: More Questions on Common Core

At the Rapid City legislative crackerbarrel meeting today, questions were asked about several bills attempting to rein in Common Core national education standards, and why they had been killed in committee. One such question dealt with HB 1223 which was killed in committee, but opponents of Common Core are attempting to revive or “smoke out” the bill so hit can be discussed on the House floor.

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Rep. Jacqueline Sly (Dist. 33)

Video: On the Smokout of the Common Core Bill

During the legislative crackerbarrel meeting in Rapid City today, a question was asked about why the education committee kills so many bills designed to give parents more flexibility in their children’s education and to protect privacy. One such bill that was mentioned was SB 117 which was killed recently, as well as HB 1223, which was killed in committee but supporters are attempting to revive or “smoke out.”

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Rep. Lynne DiSanto, South Dakota Dist. 35

Third Legislative Crackerbarrel in Rapid City

The third legislative crackerbarrel of the 2015 South Dakota legislative session was held in Rapid City today, hosted by the Rapid City Chamber of Commerce. Questions were taken from the audience on a variety of topics including climate change, teacher pay, Common Core education standards, taxes, evolution, student privacy, Medicaid expansion and more.

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South Dakota Legislative Billwatch, Feb. 20, 2015

South Dakota Legislative Billwatch, Feb. 20, 2015

It’s going to be a very busy day in Pierre, today. Ctizien, guard your freedom–and your wallet–very closely! The legislature will be looking at a bill to protect religious freedom from homosexual activists (two such bills died in our “Republican” supermajority legislature last year), as well as Medicaid expansion, promoting no-fault divorce, “empty shell” bills, and much more.

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South Dakota Governor Dennis Daugaard

New South Dakota Laws

South Dakota Gov. Dennis Daugaard has signed several more bills into law, including ones dealing with illegal stentences, veteran’s benefits, controlled substances, alcohol sales, and more.

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South Dakota Legislative Billwatch, Feb. 19, 2015

South Dakota Legislative Billwatch, Feb. 19, 2015

Some of the important bills being considered by the South Dakota Legislature today include taxes on wind farms, and a bill promoting a stronger relationship with the brutally repressive communist China. A number of other bills that were scheduled for yesterday have been held over to today.

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