Gov. Kristi Noem awards $2.5M for new school for the blind
PIERRE, S.D. (AP) — Gov. Kristi Noem has awarded a $2.5 million state grant to construct the new School for the Blind and Visually Impaired in Aberdeen.
Lawmakers to talk presumptive probation, campus free speech
PIERRE, S.D. (AP) — South Dakota lawmakers plan to take up bills this week to end presumptive probation, promote "intellectual diversity" on college campuses and target an activities association policy for transgender student athletes.
Here's a look at the agenda after lawmakers return Tuesday to the Capitol:
Gov. Kristi Noem signs ‘constitutional carry’ bill into law
PIERRE, S.D. (AP) — Gov. Kristi Noem has signed a measure allowing people to carry concealed pistols without a permit in South Dakota.
The Republican governor on Thursday approved the measure, making it the first bill Noem has signed into law. Noem says it will further protect the Second Amendment rights of the citizens of South Dakota and the nation.
It's a win for conservatives who have long pushed the proposal, which languished under former Gov. Dennis Daugaard.
Gov. Kristi Noem to sign ‘constitutional carry’ legislation
PIERRE, S.D. (AP) — Gov. Kristi Noem said Wednesday that she will sign into law a measure allowing people to carry concealed pistols without a permit in South Dakota.
The Republican governor tweeted that the she would sign the bill Thursday, saying it would further protect the "Second Amendment rights of law-abiding South Dakotans." The move is a win for conservatives who have long supported the plan, which languished under former GOP Gov. Dennis Daugaard.
The Latest: Noem pledges to sign ‘constitutional carry’ bill
PIERRE, S.D. (AP) — The Latest on South Dakota's so-called constitutional carry bill (all times local):
Gov. Kristi Noem says she will sign into law a measure allowing people to carry concealed pistols without a permit in South Dakota.
The Republican governor tweeted Wednesday that the legislation would further protect the "Second Amendment rights of law-abiding South Dakotans." Noem plans to sign the bill on Thursday.
Noem’s first budget seeks hikes for providers, state workers
PIERRE, S.D. (AP) — Gov. Kristi Noem used her first budget address Wednesday to propose slightly higher spending for education, state employees and Medicaid providers than former Gov. Dennis Daugaard suggested in his final budget address last year.
The Latest: GOP leader praises Noem’s plan for fighting meth
PIERRE, S.D. (AP) — The Latest on Gov. Kristi Noem's budget address (all times local):
The South Dakota House Republican leader is praising Gov. Kristi Noem's budget plan for addressing nursing home funding and tackling the methamphetamine epidemic.
House Majority Leader Lee Qualm said Wednesday that he's excited about Noem's plan for fighting meth abuse, particularly prevention efforts.
State Senate panel advances permitless concealed carry law
PIERRE, S.D. (AP) — A Senate panel on Thursday approved a measure that would allow people to carry concealed handguns without a permit in South Dakota, advancing a conservative priority that supporters hope will be achieved under new Gov. Kristi Noem's administration.
SD Gov. Kristi Noem to give state budget address next week
PIERRE, S.D. (AP) — South Dakota Gov. Kristi Noem says she will present her state budget proposal to the Legislature next week.
The Republican governor said Thursday that her first budget address will be held Jan. 23. Noem says the budget plan former Gov. Dennis Daugaard outlined in December was a starting point, but she'll make changes based on her priorities.
State lawmakers propose ‘constitutional carry’ legislation
PIERRE, S.D. (AP) — State lawmakers are proposing legislation that would allow people to carry concealed handguns without a permit in South Dakota.
The so-called constitutional carry legislation was introduced Friday. The proposal languished under former Republican Gov. Dennis Daugaard, but new GOP Gov. Kristi Noem offered support for such a law during her campaign.
Daugaard leaves governor’s office proud of fiscal strength
PIERRE, S.D. (AP) — In the newly unveiled portrait of Dennis Daugaard hanging in the Capitol, the outgoing governor stands before the building's granite cornerstone, a background chosen to emphasize Daugaard's relentless focus on maintaining state buildings and strengthening South Dakota's finances in his two terms in office.
‘Bathroom bill’ sponsor won’t try again during 2019 session
PIERRE, S.D. (AP) — The sponsor of an unsuccessful bill to restrict the bathrooms South Dakota transgender students could use said he won't try again when he returns to the Legislature this session.
Incoming Republican Rep. Fred Deutsch told The Associated Press this week that he doesn't see the urgency under President Donald Trump. Deutsch said he proposed the bill in 2016 to push back against federal overreach during former President Barack Obama's administration.
Kristi Noem working on state budget, setting up cabinet team
PIERRE, S.D. (AP) — As Gov. Dennis Daugaard says his farewells and winds down his administration, Kristi Noem is putting together a state budget proposal and planning the policy agenda for her first legislative session as South Dakota's governor.
Gov. Dennis Daugaard proposes spending hikes in final budget
PIERRE, S.D. (AP) — Retiring Gov. Dennis Daugaard proposed spending increases Tuesday for education, state employees and Medicaid providers in his final budget proposal as governor.
The Latest: Gov. Dennis Daugaard’s Capitol portrait unveiled
PIERRE, S.D. (AP) — The Latest on Gov. Dennis Daugaard's last budget address (all times local):
Outgoing Gov. Dennis Daugaard's official portrait has been unveiled alongside the 31 portraits of the South Dakota governors that came before him.
The portrait was unveiled Tuesday after Daugaard gave his final budget address and farewell speech. Gov.-elect Kristi Noem in January will succeed Daugaard, who has served since 2011.
Gov. Dennis Daugaard to propose his final state budget plan
PIERRE, S.D. (AP) — South Dakota tax collections are largely on track as outgoing Gov. Dennis Daugaard prepares to outline his final budget proposal.
The retiring Republican will present the budget plan Tuesday to the Legislature. The proposal will be a blueprint for GOP Gov.-elect Kristi Noem, who will formulate her own budget to be discussed during the upcoming 2019 legislative session.
Johnson heads to House with ag, transportation on his mind
SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — South Dakota's next congressman is focused on the state's top industry — agriculture — as he heads to Washington, where he will be a Republican seeking headway in the Democratic-controlled U.S. House.
Incoming U.S. Rep. Dusty Johnson was in Washington for orientation this week and recently announced members of his leadership team. The former public utilities commissioner and chief of staff to Gov. Dennis Daugaard will be sworn in to his new office in January.
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‘Constitutional carry’ supporters await Noem administration
SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — After years of unsuccessful attempts, supporters of legislation that would allow people to carry concealed handguns without a permit in South Dakota anticipate revived prospects for the conservative prize once GOP Gov.-elect Kristi Noem takes office in January.
Noem invites applications to serve in her administration
PIERRE, S.D. (AP) — South Dakota Gov.-elect Kristi Noem is inviting the "best and brightest" to seek a job in her incoming administration.
Noem's transition website launched Monday. Noem and Lt. Gov.-elect Larry Rhoden will be sworn into office in January.
Noem says the state needs good people in government who understand the role will be about producing "real results" for South Dakota residents.
Capitol flags to fly at half-staff to honor former lawmaker
PIERRE, S.D. (AP) — Gov. Dennis Daugaard is ordering flags to fly at half-staff at the state Capitol on Monday to honor former South Dakota House Speaker Roger Hunt.
Hunt died Friday following complications from surgery. He was 80. His funeral is Monday morning at Central Church in Sioux Falls.
Former South Dakota House Speaker Roger Hunt dies at 80
SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — Former South Dakota House Speaker Roger Hunt has died following complications from surgery. He was 80.
Matt Pepper, funeral director at Heritage Funeral Home, said Hunt died Friday. The Argus Leader reports Hunt served one term as speaker during his 20 years in the House.
Feds: Vehicle theft ring exposes oversight weakness
NEW YORK (AP) — A ring of savvy car thieves in New York exploited a bureaucratic weakness by registering many of their ripped-off Lamborghinis and Range Rovers in South Dakota, a state that lets people register out-of-state vehicles by mail and wasn't thoroughly checking to see if they were stolen, the FBI said.
Federal prosecutors in New York brought federal conspiracy charges against seven people this week, blaming them for the thefts of 60 vehicles.
Daugaard orders flags at half-staff for shooting victims
PIERRE, S.D. (AP) — Gov. Dennis Daugaard has asked that all U.S. and South Dakota flags be flown at half-staff as a sign of respect for the victims of the shooting in Thousand Oaks, California.
The order is in effect until sunset Saturday. The governor's directive is in accordance with a proclamation by President Donald Trump.
Secretary of Corrections Denny Kaemingk to retire in January
PIERRE, S.D. (AP) — South Dakota Secretary of Corrections Denny Kaemingk is retiring in January.
Gov. Dennis Daugaard's office said Thursday that Kaemingk will retire at the end of Daugaard's administration on Jan. 5. Kaemingk has been at the post since 2011 after a decades-long career in law enforcement.
Funeral Monday for South Dakota Supreme Court Justice Zinter
PIERRE, S.D. (AP) — A funeral is scheduled Monday for South Dakota Supreme Court Justice Steven Zinter.
Zinter died Tuesday of complications from routine surgery. He was 68.
South Dakota Supreme Court Justice Steven Zinter dies at 68
PIERRE, S.D. (AP) — South Dakota Supreme Court Justice Steven Zinter, who overcame a paralyzing diving accident to rise to the state's highest court, died Tuesday of complications from routine surgery, a court spokesman said. Zinter was 68.
Zinter, who served 16 years on the Supreme Court, died at Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota, state Supreme Court spokesman Greg Sattizahn told The Associated Press.
Governor requests flags at half-staff to honor Turbiville
DEADWOOD, S.D. (AP) — Gov. Dennis Daugaard has asked that flags across South Dakota be flown at half-staff Monday to honor Deadwood mayor and state Rep. Chuck Turbiville.
Turbiville's funeral is scheduled Monday at Deadwood Mountain Grand Event Center. A military burial follows at the Black Hills National Cemetery in Sturgis.
Public Safety leader taking job at Dakota State University
PIERRE, S.D. (AP) — The head of South Dakota's Department of Public Safety is leaving to take a job with Dakota State University.
DPS Secretary Trevor Jones says he will be working in the digital forensics lab at the Madison school.
Jones has led the Public Safety department during Gov. Dennis Daugaard's administration, following a 20-year career in law enforcement. Daugaard lauded Jones' leadership, particularly during Missouri River flooding in 2011.
South Dakota’s first lady offers advice ahead of election
PIERRE, S.D. (AP) — When Dennis Daugaard was first elected governor in 2011, his wife Linda Daugaard was told to take things a little easy for the first six months of her husband's term.
"When I went to First Spouses' School, which yes, they do have one, they said not to commit to anything the first six months of your time," she said.
It was advice the First Lady promptly disregarded as soon as she found South Dakota's children were in need of some attention.
South Dakota special session on online sales taxes cost $35K
PIERRE, S.D. (AP) — A legislative administrator says it cost roughly $35,000 to hold this week's special session on sales taxes for online purchases.
Legislative Research Council Director Jason Hancock said Friday that legislator pay and per diem made up over $31,000 of that price tag.
Lawmakers gathered Wednesday for the session, approving three bills, including Gov. Dennis Daugaard's measure allowing South Dakota to collect sales taxes from many out-of-state online retailers starting Nov. 1.
South Dakota to start collecting online sales taxes in fall
PIERRE, S.D. (AP) — South Dakota will start collecting sales taxes from many out-of-state online retailers this fall under a law signed Wednesday after a special legislative session.
The Latest: Daugaard signs into law online sales tax bills
PIERRE, S.D. (AP) — The Latest on South Dakota's online sales tax special legislative session (all times local):
Gov. Dennis Daugaard has signed into law a measure allowing South Dakota to collect sales taxes from many out-of-state online retailers starting Nov. 1.
The Republican governor on Wednesday also signed a law to require marketplaces that handle payments, such as eBay, to collect sales taxes for sellers on their platforms.
Panel endorses bills for online sales tax special session
PIERRE, S.D. (AP) — South Dakota would start collecting sales taxes from many out-of-state internet retailers this fall under a bill the Legislature's budget-writing committee endorsed Tuesday ahead of this week's special legislative session to implement a U.S. Supreme Court ruling that cleared the way for the changes.
Governor submits bills for online sales tax special session
PIERRE, S.D. (AP) — Gov. Dennis Daugaard on Thursday submitted two bills for consideration during the upcoming special legislative session that would help implement a recent U.S. Supreme Court ruling allowing states to force online shoppers to pay sales tax.
The Republican governor said in a statement that the bills would let the state benefit from the "national tax fairness victory that we led." The special session starts Sept. 12.
Governor appoints Sioux Falls attorney to judgeship
PIERRE, S.D. (AP) — Gov. Dennis Daugaard is appointing Sioux Falls attorney James Power to a judgeship in the Second Circuit.
Power has been with the Woods, Fuller, Shultz and Smith firm since 2006. Before that, the Alabama native practiced law in Atlanta and clerked for a law firm in Dallas.
He holds a law degree from George Washington Law School in Washington, D.C. He also holds a bachelor's degree in economics and a master's degree in theology.
PIERRE, S.D. (AP) — Gov. Dennis Daugaard is appointing three people to fill vacancies in the South Dakota Legislature ahead of a special session scheduled for September.
Daugaard's office said Wednesday that the three Republican appointees are candidates in November for the seats they're filling. Daugaard is naming Maggie Sutton, of Sioux Falls, to the Senate and Rebecca Reimer, of Oacoma, and Scyller Borglum, of Rapid City, to the House of Representatives.
PIERRE, S.D. (AP) — Gov. Dennis Daugaard is calling a special legislative session to speed up implementation of a U.S. Supreme Court ruling allowing states to force online shoppers to pay sales tax, the governor's office said Tuesday.
The special session will be Sept. 12 at the state Capitol. The move comes after the June high court ruling in South Dakota's favor that opened the door for consumers to see sales tax on more online purchases from out-of-state companies.
SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — Gov. Dennis Daugaard said Monday that he's considering calling a special legislative session to remove a barrier to enforcing South Dakota's requirement that many out-of-state internet retailers collect sales taxes.
3 more statues added to Trail of Governors in Pierre
PIERRE, S.D. (AP) — Bronze statues of three more South Dakota governors have been added to the Trail of Governors in Pierre.
KCCR radio reports that former Govs. Ralph Herseth, William McMaster and Merrell Sharpe were honored on Tuesday.
PIERRE, S.D. (AP) — South Dakota Gov. Dennis Daugaard might call a special legislative session after a recent U.S. Supreme Court ruling in the state's favor that could yield millions of dollars in online sales taxes.
PIERRE, S.D. (AP) — South Dakota ended the 2018 budget year with a surplus from lower-than-expected state spending and tax collections that topped officials' projections, Gov. Dennis Daugaard's office said Monday.
PIERRE, S.D. (AP) — Gov. Dennis Daugaard is asking President Donald Trump to declare a disaster for three northern South Dakota counties to help with recovery from spring flooding.
Daugaard says the flooding May 17-18 caused more than $3.1 million in damage to public property in Campbell, McPherson and Walworth counties, including a dam at Hiddenwood State Park in Walworth County.
A presidential disaster declaration would pave the way for federal aid to help rebuild public infrastructure.
PIERRE, S.D. (AP) — The South Dakota Board of Regents says Bob Sutton of Sioux Falls has resigned from the board.
Sutton was named president and CEO of Avera Health on Thursday. His resignation from the regents was announced Friday and takes effect Monday.
Sutton says he put "great value on higher education" and is pleased he was able to help shape it in South Dakota. He has served on the board since April 2013, and has been board president since March 2017.
PIERRE, S.D. (AP) — Gov. Dennis Daugaard will order flags to be flown at half-staff statewide in honor of the late state Rep. Jim Schaefer.
Daugaard's office said Wednesday that Schaefer, of Kennebec, died the day before while working on his ranch. Schaefer had been a member of the South Dakota Legislature since 2011.
PIERRE, S.D. (AP) — South Dakota's agriculture secretary is leaving his position to join an electric cooperative in the state.
Secretary of Agriculture Mike Jaspers said Wednesday he's stepping down from his post July 1. Jaspers is set to become business development director for East River Electric Power Cooperative, based in Madison, South Dakota.
PIERRE, S.D. (AP) — South Dakota's education secretary is leaving his post this summer to take a school superintendent's job in Wisconsin.
Don Kirkegaard said Tuesday he will step down as secretary of the South Dakota Department of Education in July. Kirkegaard says he has accepted a job as superintendent of schools for the West Bend School District in West Bend, Wisconsin.
SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — South Dakota's polite Republican governor primary burst into recriminations in its waning days as Rep. Kristi Noem pressed Attorney General Marty Jackley over the timing of a state payout to a former state agent — a charge Jackley's team dismissed as a "desperate political stunt."
PIERRE, S.D. (AP) — Gov. Dennis Daugaard says he will appoint circuit court Judge Mark Salter to the South Dakota Supreme Court.
The governor said Thursday he will name Salter, of Sioux Falls, to replace Justice Glen Severson, who will retire in June after nine years as a member of the high court.
Salter has been a judge in the 2nd Judicial Circuit since 2013. He is the presiding judge for the Minnehaha County Veteran's Treatment Court.