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The South Dakota Legislature will convene a special session beginning November 9 to debate the impeachment of Attorney General Jason Ravnsborg. Ravnsborg was charged with two misdemeanors and received no jail time for hitting and killing Joe Boever in September […]

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The 96th session of the South Dakota Legislature adjourned sine die on March 29. During the session, the Legislature passed Senate Bill 112, permitting the governor to fill vacancies in several state offices by appointment with the advice and consent […]

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South Dakota Secretary of State Steve Barnett published the 2021 annual limit for lobbyist gifts to public officials. Each year, the annual cumulative value is adjusted. It is based on the change in the consumer price index for urban wage […]

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South Dakota Gov. Kristi Noem announced she is calling a special legislative session on Monday, October 5, 2020. The main purpose of this session is to consider legislation related to the use of federal stimulus relief funds, including the $1.25 […]

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The Legislature adjourned on March 30 after holding its first electronic voting day for the last scheduled day of the 2020 session. The electronic voting day considered bills vetoed by Gov. Kristi Noem and several new bills related to the […]

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Due to growing concerns over the COVID-19 pandemic, state lawmakers will consider a bill to postpone upcoming municipal elections at least until June. Additionally, lawmakers will consider allowing Gov. Kristi Noem to delay the presidential primary from June 2 to […]

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September 4, 2019  •  

South Dakota State Senator Resigns

Sen. Justin Cronin, and Rep. John Lake - via the Daily Republic

State Senator Justin Cronin resigned from his District 23 seat on Wednesday. Gov. Kristi Noem has appointed Rep. John Lake to fill the state Senate vacancy and is seeking public input on filling the resulting state House vacancy. Those seeking […]

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U.S. District Judge Charles Kornmann struck down a ban on out-of-state contributions to ballot question committees recently passed by voters. Kornmann found Initiated Measure 24 unconstitutional because it violates First Amendment rights to engage in political speech. Additionally, Kornmann said […]

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Gov. Kristi Noem recently signed several campaign finance bills into law. House Bill 1189 provides any person who is subject to a Class 2 misdemeanor for campaign finance violations up to seven days to cure the violations prior to having […]

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On February 28, the South Dakota House of Representatives voted to restrict campaign contributions from minors. Senate Bill 114, which passed the state Senate unanimously, requires contributions from unemancipated minors to go towards the contribution limit of their parents. This […]

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South Dakotans elected Republican Kristi Noem as their governor over Democrat Billie Sutton and Libertarian Kurt Evans. With all precincts reporting, Noem won with 51 percent of the vote to Sutton’s 47 percent and Evan’s 1 percent. Kristi Noem has […]

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The Institute for Free Speech (IFS) will be allowed to distribute analysis of Measure 24 and Constitutional Amendment W without risk of violating the South Dakota law concerning independent expenditures in a political campaign. IFS challenged the law in federal […]

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The Institute for Free Speech is challenging the constitutionality of a South Dakota law restricting the organization’s right to publicize views of ballot measures without extensive reporting and disclaimer requirements. The organization is asking for permission from a federal judge […]

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South Dakotans will have multiple ethics-related ballot measures to vote on this November. Constitutional Amendment W, also known as the South Dakota Voter Protection and Anti-Corruption Amendment, would create an independent ethics commission, decrease limits on campaign donations, bar gifts […]

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