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SD Lawmakers Approve Making Animal Cruelty a Felony

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) – The South Dakota Legislature has approved a measure that would make animal cruelty a felony in South Dakota, the only state without such a penalty for cases involving severe animal abuse. The House voted 54-15 to pass the measure, which was approved earlier by the Senate. It will become law...
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SD Governor Vetoes Bill to Increase Deadwood Tax

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) – South Dakota Gov. Dennis Daugaard has vetoed a bill that would increase the hotel tax in Deadwood. The bill would have allowed municipalities to tax $3 per night. The current rate is $2. In a statement, the governor on Tuesday said it would be a mistake to make it easier...
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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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