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SD Legislator, Lottery Seek Gambling Study

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) – The South Dakota Lottery plans to request a study of the financial and social effects of gambling in the state after the issue came up in various debates this session. Republican Rep. Scott Craig of Rapid City hopes for a legislative summer study on gambling in the state. He says...
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SD Lawmakers Looking at Revenue Projections

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) – The South Dakota Legislature’s budget-writing committee is deciding how much money the state will have to spend in the budget year that begins July 1. State economists have predicted that tax collections won’t bring in as much money as was projected when Gov. Dennis Daugaard proposed his state budget in...
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South Dakota Lawmakers Approve Domestic Abuse Law

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) – The South Dakota Legislature has given final passage to a measure that changes the state’s domestic abuse laws to cover couples who are dating but don’t live together. The Senate voted unanimously Monday to approve a version of the bill approved by the House. The measure will become law if...
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SD House Grants Final OK on E-Cigarette Regulation

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) – The South Dakota House has passed a bill to regulate e-cigarettes. Representatives voted 60-10 in support of the measure. 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 would treat...
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SD Senate Approves Statewide Texting Ban

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) – The South Dakota Senate has approved a statewide ban on texting while driving after approving changes that some senators say will never be accepted by the House of Representatives. Senators voted 22-13 to pass a texting ban measure that has already been passed by the House. But senators first changed...
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SD House Kills Bill to Expand Video Lottery

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) – The South Dakota House has killed a bill to allow an increase in the number of video lottery machines allowed in gas stations and other establishments. Representatives voted 44-26 against the measure. It would have increased the number of permitted machines from 10 to 15. Opponents of the bill say...
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SD House OKs Ban on Red Light Camera Contracts

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) – The South Dakota House has granted final legislative approval for a bill prohibiting cities and counties from contracting with red light camera companies. The bill was killed in a Senate committee but was revived and simplified. It goes next to Gov. Dennis Daugaard for final approval. The cameras photograph traffic...
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SD Bill to Open High School Group Moves to House

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) – The South Dakota House Judiciary Committee has passed a measure to require transparency from the association that oversees high school sports and other activities. The panel voted 12-1 Monday to support the bill. It would hold the South Dakota High School Activities Association to the state’s open government laws. The...
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New Law Delays Common Core for Other Subjects

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) – South Dakota Gov. Dennis Daugaard has signed a bill that would delay adoption of Common Core standards for any other subjects. The new law also requires officials to provide an opportunity for public comment for all new content standards. The math and English standards adopted by nearly all states were...
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Governor Says Though Flooding Not Probable, State to be Proactive in Watching River Conditions

PIERRE, S.D. – (DRG News) South Dakota’s Governor has reiterated that state officials will continue to monitor river conditions and flooding chances as winter wraps up and Spring gets underway. Last Thursday, Governor Dennis Daugaard announced that he had directed state emergency officials to work with federal and local entities to assess the potential...
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