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SD Voters Could Add Games in Deadwood Casinos

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) – A South Dakota Senate committee has endorsed a proposed constitutional amendment that would allow Deadwood casinos to offer roulette, keno and craps. The House has already approved the measure that would put the proposal to a statewide vote on the November ballot. Deadwood casinos now offer slot machines, poker and...
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SD Bill on Immigrants Prenatal Care Advances

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) – A South Dakota Senate committee has referred a bill authorizing prenatal care for pregnant women in the country illegally to the appropriations committee. The Health and Human Services Committee voted 4-3 to refer the bill with a recommendation to pass. The bill would require state and federal Medicaid funds to...
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SD Panel OKs More Pregnancy Help Center Rules

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) – The South Dakota Senate Health and Human Services Committee has granted unanimous support for a measure to further regulate the state’s pregnancy help centers. These centers currently cannot perform abortions or refer clients to abortion clinics. Under the proposed bill, the centers could not facilitate adoptions. The centers could still...
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SD Measure Would Add Games in Deadwood Casinos

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) – A South Dakota Senate committee is considering a proposed constitutional amendment that would allow Deadwood casinos to offer roulette, keno and craps. The House has already approved the measure that would put the proposal to a statewide vote on the November ballot. Deadwood casinos now offer slot machines, poker and...
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SD Senate Supports Rail Rehabilitation Project

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) – The state Senate has approved a measure that seeks to repair a state-owned rail line between Chamberlain and Reliance in central South Dakota. The bill originally sought $6 million. But before senators passed the bill and sent it to the House, they changed it so it would spend only $1....
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SD Senate Bans Sale of E-Cigarettes to Minors

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) – The South Dakota Senate has passed a measure that would ban the sale of electronic cigarettes to minors. E-cigarettes are battery-powered devices that resemble traditional cigarettes. They heat a liquid solution, creating vapor that users inhale to get nicotine without the smoke of regular cigarettes. The bill could classify e-cigarettes...
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SD Senate Passes Bills to Fund Development Program

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) – The South Dakota Senate has approved Gov. Dennis Daugaard’s plan to use a windfall in unclaimed property payments to finance the state’s new economic development program. The bill will use $30 million from unclaimed bank accounts and other assets to finance the Building South Dakota Fund, which provides loans and...
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SD House Passes Bill to Regulate Flooded Waters

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) – The South Dakota House has passed a measure to regulate the use of public water as it floods private land. Legislators voted 53-6 to pass the bill on to the Senate. A similar bill failed in the Senate last week. The issue has been contentious. Hunters and anglers have pushed...
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SD House Defeats Measure Denouncing Common Core

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) – The South Dakota House has defeated a measure that would reject the Common Core standards. The measure would not have had authority to take action against the standards because it was proposed as a resolution, not a bill. Legislators voted 45-24 against it. The resolution says the standards confine the...
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SD House Rejects $1 Fishing License for Elderly

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) – The South Dakota House has narrowly rejected a measure to provide $1 fishing licenses to adults over 85 years old. The bill provoked good-natured jokes and laughter. The sponsor of the bill says her 91-year-old mother fishes every day and could benefit from the bill. She says it would promote...
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