Courtroom Testimony or Sentencing

Bill: Victims Get Voice in Major Felony Sentencing

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) — Victims of the most serious felonies would be assured the right to testify at sentencing under a South Dakota legislative panel’s change to a marginally related bill on juvenile homicide offenders. The bill initially was introduced to make South Dakota compatible with the U.S. Supreme Court’s ban on mandatory life...
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Monday’s South Dakota Perspective to Feature Parks and Recreation Director Doug Hofer and DOT Secretary Darin Bergquist

PIERRE, S.D. – (DRG News) Join us Monday as we bring the March broadcast of South Dakota Perspective on stations of the Dakota News Network.  Our first guest on Monday will be Doug Hofer, Director of the Game, Fish and Parks Department’s Division of Parks and Recreation.  We’ll also be joined by Darin Bergquist,...
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Cell Phone Ban Sign

SD House Passes Cellphone Ban for Young Drivers

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) – The South Dakota House has resurrected and passed a measure that would prohibit beginning drivers from using cellphones until they get unrestricted licenses at age 16. The House narrowly rejected the bill last week. But representatives on Monday voted 43-23 to pass the measure, which now goes back to the...
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Drivers Education

House Votes Down Bill to Standardize Drivers Ed

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) – A measure that would set up a coordinated drivers’ education system with statewide standards for course content, instruction, testing and instructor certification has failed in the South Dakota House. The bill was one of a handful to come out of the Task Force on Teen Driving Safety. The Senate Transportation...
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