Legislators question SDHSAA executive; he promises better future communications

By Bob Mercer State Capitol Bureau PIERRE – Executive director Wayne Carney answered questions about the South Dakota High School Activities Association for two hours Tuesday from legislators who want more transparency and accountability from the organization. Seventeen members of the Legislature’s Joint Committee on Appropriations met with Carney in … Read Article

Attorney general files proposed legislation

PIERRE – Attorney General Marty J. Jackley announces the pre-filing of the following proposed legislation: 1. Child Pornography and Human Trafficking Forfeiture Bill. Consistent with the national trend, South Dakota is experiencing an increase in sexual crimes including internet crimes against children and human trafficking affecting children. “In an effort … Read Article

Legislators look at another change for valuing agricultural properties

By Bob Mercer State Capitol Bureau PIERRE – This winter the Legislature will consider changing South Dakota’s system for setting the taxable values of agriculture property. Farm and ranch properties would be valued according to their actual use as cropland or non-cropland, rather than on the productivity potential of their … Read Article

High school activities association leaders voted to steer ticket money to foundation

By Bob Mercer State Capitol Bureau The South Dakota High School Activities Association is under scrutiny over a change in ticket policy that took effect this fall. One dollar from each ticket for sub-state tournaments now goes to the association’s foundation. The association’s board of directors adopted the new policy … Read Article

Raw milk might carry warning labels, but decision could head to Legislature

By Bob Mercer State Capitol Bureau The battle is moving to the Legislature over stronger sanitation standards for raw milk in South Dakota and health-warning messages on the bottles of it sold to consumers. The state Department of Agriculture received clearance from the Legislature’s rules review committee Tuesday for the … Read Article

Outside review faults Legislature’s operations most for drafting errors and being nonpartisan

By Bob Mercer State Capitol Bureau The South Dakota Legislature has the smallest central, nonpartisan legislative staff agency in the nation, according to a management and performance audit that was officially delivered today to the Legislature’s Executive Board. The report said most legislators agree the Legislative Research Council staff members … Read Article

Schools struggle to patch budgets together, after Legislature cut state aid two years ago

By Bob Mercer State Capitol Bureau The fastest way to reduce financial problems in many South Dakota school districts is to finish restoring the state aid that was cut 8.6 percent in 2011 by the Legislature, leaders for two statewide school organizations told a panel of lawmakers Monday. They said about $23 million … Read Article