Category: South Dakota

South Dakota Legislative Update, Jan. 20, 2012

South Dakota Legislative Update, Jan. 20, 2012

The following bills are ones American Clarion will be monitoring during the 2012 South Dakota legislative session. Those marked with an asterisk (*) have action scheduled for today. Namely, the “constitutional carry” bill is up for a hearing today before the House Judiciary Committee. There are also two new bills dealing with health care freedom–one of which is a proposed South Dakota constitutional amendment that would be referred to a vote of the people in the next election.

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South Dakota Unemployment Rate Drops

South Dakota Unemployment Rate Drops

The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reports South Dakota’s preliminary seasonally adjusted unemployment rate for December 2011 was 4.2 percent, down from the November 2011 rate of 4.3 percent.  The national unemployment rate was 9.4 percent in December 2010 percent; in South Dakota, it was 4.7 percent.

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Legislation for Drug Testing of Welfare Recipients

It seems someone realizes the voters are watching the 2012 South Dakota Legislative session. South Dakota Rep. Mark Kirkeby (R-Dist. 35) intends to submit another bill this session to authorize drug testing of welfare recipients who are believed to be using drugs, and subsequently cut off welfare checks if they are confirmed to be using drugs. While this common-sense legislation failed last year even with a large Republican majority, can we hope that this year–with voters watching more closely than ever–that this bill may have a chance?

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South Dakota Legislative Update Jan. 16, 2012

South Dakota Legislative Update Jan. 16, 2012

The bills below are ones American Clarion is monitoring during the 2012 South Dakota legislative session. Those marked with an asterisk are scheduled for action this week, the week of Jan. 16-20.

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A map showing U.S. states currently offering Powerball and Mega Millions, as of June 2009. Red states offer PowerBall, blue states offer Mega Millions, and fuchsia states offer both. (Source: Wikimedia Commons)

Did Powerball people make the right decision?

South Dakota was one of the first states to get on the band wagon supporting the decision to raise the price of a Powerball ticket from $1 to $2. The lottery folks said the higher price tickets would mean larger prizes. However, opponents argue that the lottery should be pushing for more prizes instead of larger prizes. Also, a look at speeding penalties and banning cell phones while driving.

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Petitions for Elected Office in South Dakota Now Available

Petitions for Elected Office in South Dakota Now Available

Secretary of State Jason Gant noted today that petitions for partisan office are able to be taken out and turned in to the respective election supervisors for a number of elections that are set for the ballot in 2012. “I encourage everyone considering a run for office to give themselves sufficient time to collect and turn in petitions, in case they fall short on signatures. Once March 27th passes, it’s too late,” Gant said.

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South Dakota Legislative Update, Jan. 12, 2012

South Dakota Legislative Update, Jan. 12, 2012

The following bills are legislation that American Clarion will be watching during thje 2012 South Dakota Legislative Session. Bills marked with an asterisk (*) have new activity within the last day, or have activity scheduled for today.

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A Taurus PT145B .45ACP pistol in a Galco PH286 holster. (Source: Wikimedia Commons)

Constitutional Carry Bill Faces Opposition in SD House

The 2012 South Dakota Legislative session started yesterday, and South Dakota Gun Owners has teamed up with pro-gun Representative Don Kopp to introduce HB 1015, the “Constitutional Carry Bill.” The bill mirrors current law in Vermont, Alaska, Arizona and Wyoming, removing the penalty for carrying a concealed handgun without a permit and the 5-day waiting period. But South Dakota Gun Owners says opposition is quickly ramping up in the South Dakota House.

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South Dakota Legislative Update Jan 11, 2012

South Dakota Legislative Update Jan 11, 2012

The following bills are ones that American Clarion will be watching as the 2012 session unfolds. Those marked with an asterisk (*) have new activity since the last update at American Clarion.

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Federal Court Clears Pregnancy Ctrs to Defend Informed Consent Law

Federal Court Clears Pregnancy Ctrs to Defend Informed Consent Law

Two pregnancy help centers will help defend South Dakota’s law that protects women from being coerced into an abortion. A federal court granted a motion, filed by Alliance Defense Fund allied attorney Harold Cassidy, that allows the two centers to intervene in defense of the law, which is under attack in Planned Parenthood v. Daugaard.

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