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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.

SD Legislators Respond to Denial of Information

SD Legislators Respond to Denial of Information

I received an email just a few minutes ago from South Dakota Rep. Stace Nelson with a letter sent by himself and three other legislators to Rep. Charles Turbiville, Chairman of the South Dakota Legislative Executive board. The letter concerns allegations that confidentiality may have been violated concerning legislative bill research when Republican members of South Dakota’s House leadership are said to have pressured members of the Legislative Research Council staff for the information.

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.

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.

South Dakota’s New Campaign Finance System Goes Live

South Dakota's New Campaign Finance System Goes Live

Today, Secretary of State Jason Gant unveiled his upgrade to South Dakota’s campaign finance reporting system to all of South Dakota, taking the system live less than a year after taking office. “This is the most significant development in campaign finance for SD in over a decade,” said Gant.

SD Update on the Federal Health Care Lawsuit

SD Update on the Federal Health Care Lawsuit

South Dakota Attorney General Marty Jackley releases further details on the U.S. Supreme Court’s oral argument in the Federal Health Care Reform Act case. The Court has allotted five-and-a-half hours for oral arguments expected to be heard by this February or March, with a decision potentially by late June 2012.

SD Sec of State: Sales Tax Increase Will Be on 2012 Ballot

SD Sec of State: Sales Tax Increase Will Be on 2012 Ballot

Today, Secretary of State Jason Gant announced that the petitions submitted for an initiated measure to increase South Dakota sales tax has passed the petition certification process, and will be placed on the November 2012 general election ballot.

Video: GOP National Security Debate

Video: GOP National Security Debate

I was unable to get the video of the CNN national security debate last night edited and uploaded, but thanks to the good folks at the Media Research Center, we have it here. As the “social issues” debate over the weekend was perhaps the most important debate of this election season, so national defense is right up there. If we’re taken over or destroyed by an enemy, our freedom, constitution and everything else we hold dear are worthless.

SD Sec State Gant Presents Updated Campaign Finance Website

SD Sec State Gant Presents Updated Campaign Finance Website

South Dakota Secretary of State Jason Gant was in Rapid City today to unveil the state’s new Campaign Finance website. The presentation was given to a number of local elected officials and members of the public at the Journey Museum theater. A test version of the website is available online, and the live site will go online soon for elected officials and then the public. The website will help everyone keep track of campaign finances for the busy 2012 election season.

Clarification on South Dakota Trademark Law

Clarification on South Dakota Trademark Law

Secretary of State Jason Gant noted today that the public should be aware that South Dakota Law places certain restrictions on trademarks, and those seeking to trademark their name for exclusive use need not apply. Gant clarified that personal names and geographical place names are not eligible to trademark. Recently, some have tried to trademark “Sturgis” and “Black Hills,” and a state prison inmate sued actor Mike Rowe because they share the same name.

Video: GOP Foreign Policy Debate

Video: GOP Foreign Policy Debate

The GOP presidential candidates had a debate in South Carolina tonight focusing on foreign policy. The debate was moderated/sponsored by CBS and the National Journal. Candidates present were Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-MN), businessman Herman Cain, Rep. Ron Paul (R-TX), former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich, former senator Rick Santorum (R-PA), Texas Governor Rick Perry, former Utah Governor Jon Huntsman, and former MN Governor Mitt Romney.

Video: GOP Michigan Debate

Video: GOP Michigan Debate

This is the entire video, in two parts, of the GOP debate in Rochester, Michigan last night, moderated by CNBC. Candidates present were Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-MN), businessman Herman Cain, former Pennsylvania senator Rick Santorum, Texas governor Rick Perry, former Massachusetts governor Mitt “RomneyCare” Romney, Rep. Ron Paul (R-TX), former Utah governor Jon Huntsman, and former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich.

Video: Herman Cain Press Conference

Video: Herman Cain Press Conference

The full video of Herman Cain’s press conference this afternoon, courtesy of the Media Research Center.

Curb on EPA Farm Dust Regulations Moving Forward

Curb on EPA Farm Dust Regulations Moving Forward

he Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Energy and Power, chaired by Rep. Ed Whitfield (R-KY), today approved bipartisan legislation to provide much-needed certainty and regulatory relief to America’s farmers, ranchers, and rural businesses. H.R. 1633, the Farm Dust Regulation Prevention Act, passed the panel by a vote of 12-9 and now moves to the full Energy and Commerce Committee for consideration.

Rep. Noem Announces Missouri River Flood Hearing

Rep. Noem Announces Missouri River Flood Hearing

Rep. Kristi Noem (R-SD) announced today that the U.S. House Missouri River Flood Working Group will hold a hearing in Washington, DC on November 30th to discuss the Missouri River flooding of 2011. The Working Group has agreed that their top goal is to make flood control a greater priority in Missouri River management.

South Dakota Sales Tax Increase Petitions Submitted

South Dakota Sales Tax Increase Petitions Submitted

Secretary of State Jason M. Gant just announced that officials from the South Dakota Education Association (SDEA) and the South Dakota Association of Health Care Organizations (SDAHO) appeared at his office today to turn in petitions for a measure to place a one percent sales tax increase on the ballot, with the purpose of the additional funds raised by the tax increase to go towards education and Medicaid.