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Bill: Victims Get Voice in Major Felony Sentencing

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) — Victims of the most serious felonies would be assured the right to testify at sentencing under a South Dakota legislative panel’s change to a marginally related bill on juvenile homicide offenders. The bill initially was introduced to make South Dakota compatible with the U.S. Supreme Court’s ban on mandatory life...
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Monday’s South Dakota Perspective to Feature Parks and Recreation Director Doug Hofer and DOT Secretary Darin Bergquist

PIERRE, S.D. – (DRG News) Join us Monday as we bring the March broadcast of South Dakota Perspective on stations of the Dakota News Network.  Our first guest on Monday will be Doug Hofer, Director of the Game, Fish and Parks Department’s Division of Parks and Recreation.  We’ll also be joined by Darin Bergquist,...
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SD House Passes Cellphone Ban for Young Drivers

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) – The South Dakota House has resurrected and passed a measure that would prohibit beginning drivers from using cellphones until they get unrestricted licenses at age 16. The House narrowly rejected the bill last week. But representatives on Monday voted 43-23 to pass the measure, which now goes back to the...
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House Votes Down Bill to Standardize Drivers Ed

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) – A measure that would set up a coordinated drivers’ education system with statewide standards for course content, instruction, testing and instructor certification has failed in the South Dakota House. The bill was one of a handful to come out of the Task Force on Teen Driving Safety. The Senate Transportation...
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SD Lawmakers Pass Bill on Arming School Teachers

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) – The South Dakota Legislature has given final approval to a measure that would allow South Dakota school districts to arm teachers and other personnel to prevent attacks like December’s grade-school shooting in Connecticut. The House of Representatives voted 40-19 to accept the Senate version of the bill, which will become...
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South Dakotans Get Longer July 4 Fireworks Time

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) – South Dakotans will have a little extra time to shoot off their July 4 fireworks. Residents are currently allowed to discharge their holiday fireworks between June 27 and July 5. The South Dakota Senate passed a bill Monday that would extend the time up to the end of the first...
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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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