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SD House Approved Extension of Weapons Permits

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) – South Dakota lawmakers have given final approval to a bill that would make the state’s concealed weapons permits valid for an extra year. The House voted unanimously to make the permits valid for five years, up from the current four years. The Senate approved the bill earlier, so it will...
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Senate Refuses to Reconsider Points for Speeding

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) — The South Dakota Senate has refused to reconsider a measure that would have given South Dakota the option to suspend the licenses of drivers who repeatedly speed. The Senate Transportation Committee killed the bill last Wednesday, but Republican Sen. Craig Tieszen on Monday tried to force the bill to the...
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SD Fight Commission Bill Headed to Governor

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) — A bill creating a state athletic commission to regulate boxing, kickboxing and mixed martial arts will be sent to South Dakota Gov. Dennis Daugaard. The state Senate passed a House-amended version of the bill by a 27-5 margin on Monday. Supporters say a commission is needed to oversee the sports...
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Deal Could Give Prenatal Care to 300 More SD Women

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) — An agreement between South Dakota Gov. Dennis Daugaard and state lawmakers could provide prenatal care to more than 300 additional pregnant women a year. At the suggestion of Deb Bowman, a senior adviser to the governor, the Senate Health Committee rejected a bill that would provide prenatal care to pregnant...
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SD House Panel Kills Gun Rights Expression Bill

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) — A South Dakota House panel has shot down a measure aimed at expressing the Legislature’s belief that the U.S. Constitution prevents the federal government from restricting gun ownership. The House State Affairs Committee voted 8-4 Monday to defeat the Senate bill. Republican Sen. Larry Rhoden of Union Center was the...
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Panel Approves Economic Development Fund

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) – A comprehensive South Dakota economic development fund proposed by state legislators would be paid for with contractors excise tax collections and money from unclaimed property. Republican Sen. Corey Brown, of Gettysburg, outlined the Building South Dakota Fund to the House State Affairs Committee on Monday. The panel voted unanimously to...
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NWS Looks Back at February Stats for Central and NE South Dakota

ABERDEEN, S.D. – (DRG News) Last month brought a wide range of temperatures and snowfall in parts of central and northeastern areas of South Dakota.  The National Weather Service in Aberdeen says February saw average temperatures from three to five degrees below normal in northeast South Dakota and one to four degrees above normal...
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16th Annual Kids Voting SD Liberty Basketball Game Scheduled for Wednesday

PIERRE, S.D. – (DRG News) The 16th annual Kids Voting South Dakota Liberty Basketball Game and Taco Feed will be held this week in Pierre.  The Liberty Basketball Game is a major fundraiser for Kids Voting South Dakota and will be held Wednesday at Riggs High School.  The members of the House of Representatives...
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Gun Rights Rally Held Saturday in Capitol Rotunda

PIERRE, S.D. – (DRG News) The Capitol rotunda was the site Saturday of a second gun rights rally.  Saturday’s event followed a similar gathering that was held at the Capitol in January.  Speakers included State Representative Lance Russell of Hot Springs and Senator Jeff Monroe of Pierre; Nancy First of Rapid City-the South Dakota...
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SD Lawmakers Delay Decision on State Revenue

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) – The South Dakota Legislature’s budget-writing committee has delayed a decision on how much revenue to expect for the rest of the current year and the budget year that begins July 1. The Joint Appropriations Committee had planned to make a formal decision Monday. But House Appropriations Chairman Fred Romkema of...
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