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Lawmakers to Mull Death Penalty, Concealed Weapons in Pierre

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) – Lawmakers are expected to debate proposals limiting or repealing the death penalty, requiring certain insurance to cover autism therapy and allowing people to carry a concealed pistol without a permit this week in Pierre. Here’s a look at some of the proposals they’ll take up: DEATH PENALTY Four measures that...
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Lawmaker Pulls Bill to Increase Signatures For Ballot Measures

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) – The author of a proposal that would’ve increased the amount of signatures required for South Dakota citizens to propose a change state law has pulled the bill in response to heavy criticism. Sen. Corey Brown had proposed a bill that would’ve changed how many signatures are required to get...
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Panel Approves Measure to Allow Minimum Wage to Decrease

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) – A state House Committee has approved a proposal that would allow South Dakota’s minimum wage to decrease in the event of negative inflation. The House Commerce and Energy Committee on Friday voted to approve the measure. It erases a provision from the voter-approved language that bars the minimum wage from...
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Republican Leaders Announce Task Force to Study Education

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) – Republican state officials say they want to study education in South Dakota and re-evaluate how the system is funded before taking action. Gov. Dennis Daugaard and Republican legislative leaders on Friday announced the Blue Ribbon Task Force on Teachers and Students, which will report recommendations to the 2016 Legislature. Daugaard...
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