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SD Secretary of State Unveils New Online Lobbyist Registration System

SD Secretary of State Unveils New Online Lobbyist Registration System

South Dakota Secretary of State Jason Gant unveiled the new on-line lobbyist registration and reporting system to all of South Dakota today. The new system will allow lobbyists to register and complete payments online, as well as improve the ability of citizens to review lobbyist expense reports. The change should save tax dollars and provide more information to the public.

Publication on Crime in South Dakota Released

Publication on Crime in South Dakota Released

South Dakota Attorney General Marty Jackley released today the Crime in South Dakota 2010 report. This report is compiled by the Attorney General’s Criminal Statistical Analysis Center (SAC). The SAC Unit is the primary clearinghouse for criminal justice statistical data for South Dakota.

2012 Restoration Rally Planned for SD Capitol

2012 Restoration Rally Planned for SD Capitol

Christians from across the state of South Dakota will be gathering at the Capitol Building in Pierre on Tuesday, January 10 to pray for state legislators and the laws that will be considered this session. Find out how you can join in the event.

SD Governor’s Clemency and Commutations

SD Governor's Clemency and Commutations

South Dakota Governor Dennis Daugaard has granted executive clemency at the recommendation of the South Dakota Board of Pardons and Paroles to more than a dozen individuals, and commuted sentences of many more. Check this list to find out the names.

Pre-Session Legislative Forum in Rapid City

Pre-Session Legislative Forum in Rapid City

The Life and Liberty Group will be sponsoring a Pre-Session Legislative Forum in Rapid City on Tuesday Dec. 27. Special guest speakers will be Rep. Lance Russell on repealing ObamaCare in South Dakota, Senator Ryan Maher on stopping efforts to increase the South Dakota sales tax, and Rep. Stace Nelson on the truth about abuse of power in Pierre. Area legislators have been invited, and members of the public are, too.

Rep. Noem: Child Labor Changes May Undermine Family Farms

Rep. Noem: Child Labor Changes May Undermine Family Farms

Representative Kristi Noem (R-SD) sent a letter to President Barack Obama’s Secretary of Labor flagging a proposed change to regulations impacting children who work on family farms across the United States. Specifically, Noem is concerned with the changes to the definition of a family farm within this new regulation and further restrictions for hiring youth. The proposed rule could seriously undermine traditional family agriculture if the exemption for family farms does not include those partly owned by close relatives.

Scam on Grandparents Resurfaces in South Dakota

Scam on Grandparents Resurfaces in South Dakota

South Dakota Attorney General Marty Jackley is warning South Dakota seniors to be cautious if they receive telephone calls from someone who claims to be their grandchild or other family member and requests money for a critical situation. The South Dakota Consumer Protection Division has received numerous calls over the past few days. In this reoccurring scam, a fraudster calls a senior individual and poses as a grandchild. The person calling uses a plea for help and a sense of urgency when asking for a wire transfer in amounts up to $6,500.

Medicaid Fraud Results in Jail Sentence

Medicaid Fraud Results in Jail Sentence

South Dakota Attorney General Marty Jackley announced today that Larry Lee Jones, 63, Yankton, South Dakota, was sentenced to serve 180 days in the State Penitentiary for committing Medicaid fraud. The case was investigated and prosecuted by the South Dakota Medicaid Fraud Control Unit, with assistance from the Division of Criminal Investigation, the Department of Health and Human Services Office of Inspector General, and the Department of Social Services.

SD Dept of Ag Releases Statement on Pine Beetle Lumber

SD Dept of Ag Releases Statement on Pine Beetle Lumber

Trees infested by mountain pine beetles produce lumber that has the same structural integrity and durability as wood from non-infested trees, according to South Dakota forestry officials. Lumber from trees infested with pine beetles often carries a blue stain is created by a fungus, but it will not spread to other lumber. The lumber does not decay any faster than un-stained wood and will not cause mold.

South Dakota #1 Most Business Friendly State

South Dakota #1 Most Business Friendly State

Recent national rankings released by three different organizations prove that South Dakota has one of the best business environments and among the strongest economic policies in the nation. For the seventh year in a row, the Small Business and Entrepreneurship Council named South Dakota as the No. 1 state in the nation for friendliness toward small businesses.

EPA Dust Bill Passes US House With Bipartisan Support

EPA Dust Bill Passes US House With Bipartisan Support

A bill sponsored by Rep. Kristi Noem (R-SD) to prohibit any further regulation of rural dust by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) passed the U.S. House today with bipartisan support. The bipartisan bill, H.R. 1633, was approved by a vote of 268 to 150. “The EPA is still saying they have no plans to further regulate farm dust, and that this issue is a “myth,” but those words are empty promises until we back them up with real action.

Gov. Dennis Daugaard’s Budget Column

Gov. Dennis Daugaard's Budget Column

A column from South Dakota Governor Dennis Daugaard on the Fiscal Year 2013 state budget, in which he urges continued caution but increases in spending in some areas. Increases include a 2.3% ongoing increase in K-12 education, coupled with one-time investments that total more than $12 million. Gov. Daugaard also proposes Medicaid providers and state employees receive extra one-time funds that are the result of strong revenue growth.

New City Taxes for Five South Dakota Towns

New City Taxes for Five South Dakota Towns

Beginning January 1, 2012, five South Dakota communities will implement new municipal taxes or update their current city taxes. These towns include Bruce, Camp Crook, Frankfort, Oldham and Irene. The South Dakota Department of Revenue has Municipal Tax Information Bulletins available listing all municipal sales and use tax rates statewide as well as information on tribal sales, use and excise taxes.

Court of Appeals to Hear SD Request Regarding 2005 Abortion Disclosure Requirement

Court of Appeals to Hear SD Request Regarding 2005 Abortion Disclosure Requirement

South Dakota Attorney General Marty Jackley has announced that the Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals has granted a January 2012 rehearing of the entire eleven-member Court with regard to abortion disclosure requirements adopted by the legislature in 2005. The full Court will address the validity of the legislative requirement that women considering an abortion be advised of the association of suicide in relation to abortion.

Noem Farm Dust Bill Headed for Thursday Vote

Noem Farm Dust Bill Headed for Thursday Vote

According to U.S. House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-VA) on Thursday the House will take up a bill sponsored by Rep. Kristi Noem (R-SD) to prohibit any further regulation of rural dust by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). The bipartisan bill, H.R. 1633, was approved by the House Energy & Commerce Committee last week.