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SD Bill Would Regulate Health Insurance Helpers

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) – State Sen. Al Novstrup wants the state to regulate the so-called navigators who help uninsured people sign up for insurance under President Barack Obama’s health care overhaul. The Aberdeen Republican says his proposal provides additional protection for people seeking insurance. But critics of Novstrup’s bill and similar efforts in other...
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Valenti to Lead SD Social Services Department

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) – South Dakota Gov. Dennis Daugaard is appointing Lynne Valenti to be the next secretary of the state Department of Social Services. Valenti has been the department’s deputy secretary since 2011. She will replace Kim Malsam-Rysdon, who is leaving the Department of Social Services to join the governor’s office as a...
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SD Governor Likes Extending Lawmakers’ Term Limits

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) – South Dakota Gov. Dennis Daugaard says he likely would vote for a proposed constitutional amendment that would extend the term limits that apply to state lawmakers. Senate and House members can serve no more than four consecutive terms in a chamber, for a total of eight years. But a lawmaker...
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ND, SD US Senators Ask Obama to Aid in Propane Crisis

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) – The U.S. senators from the Dakotas are among the bipartisan group of senators who have sent a letter to President Barack Obama urging him to provide additional relief to people affected by the nationwide propane shortage and its price surge. The letter was sent to the White House on...
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