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DRG Area Lawmakers Discuss Daugaard’s State of the State

PIERRE, S.D. – (DRG News) Reaction by central and western South Dakota lawmakers to Governor Dennis Daugaard’s State of the State speech yesterday was mostly favorable.  Daugaard began his speech by saying that lawmakers and other state leaders must act responsibly to build a stronger South Dakota; think of the long term and make...
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SD Chief Justice to Discuss Drug, Alcohol Courts

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) – South Dakota Supreme Court Chief Justice David Gilbertson will talk about alternative sentences for criminal offenders in his annual speech to the state Legislature. In his State of the Judiciary speech today, Gilbertson will talk about the judicial system’s role in a wide-ranging proposal to cut prison costs by treating...
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SD House Elects Representative Brian Gosch as Speaker

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) – Republican Rep. Brian Gosch of Rapid City has been elected speaker of the South Dakota House of Representatives. As South Dakota’s legislative session started Tuesday, the House also elected Rep. Dean Wink of Howes as speaker pro tem, which puts him next in line to be speaker in two years....
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SD Lawmakers Like Governor’s Criminal Reform Plan

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) – South Dakota legislative leaders are joining with Gov. Dennis Daugaard to propose changes in the state’s criminal justice system. Daugaard in his State of the State speech Tuesday outlined proposals to cut prison costs by treating more criminal offenders outside prison walls. He says public safety also will be improved...
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