Latest South Dakota State Legislature News

Former South Dakota House majority leader dies

Sep. 15, 2021 14:08 PM EDT

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — A former South Dakota lawmaker who helped ban smoking in bars and restaurants and served as House majority leader died this week. Bob Faehn, who was 63, died from cancer on Monday, according to his family. Gov. Kristi Noem ordered that flags be...

South Dakota lawmakers reject a handful of medical pot rules

Sep. 13, 2021 22:06 PM EDT

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — South Dakota lawmakers on Monday rejected a handful of rules proposals governing medical marijuana from Gov. Kristi Noem's administration but approved the bulk of the program. The Legislature's Rules Review Committee, which is responsible for...

Redistricting committees tackle city legislative boundaries

Sep. 09, 2021 19:09 PM EDT

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — South Dakota lawmakers redrawing the state’s political boundaries debated how to define the state's two largest urban areas Thursday, moving forward with a map of the area around Rapid City but holding off on a proposal for Sioux Falls. The ...

South Dakota House leader renews call for AG impeachment

Sep. 09, 2021 17:29 PM EDT

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — South Dakota lawmakers are being asked to call a special session to consider impeaching Attorney General Jason Ravnsborg for his conduct in a car crash last year that killed a pedestrian. In a joint statement released Thursday, the House...

South Dakota House's call on AG impeachment may take months

Sep. 02, 2021 14:36 PM EDT

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — The South Dakota House speaker has received a hard drive containing all of the findings of the investigation into the state attorney general's car crash that killed a pedestrian last year, but it could take months before the chamber decides whether to try to impeach...

South Dakota lawmakers push to outlaw homegrown medical pot

Sep. 01, 2021 17:46 PM EDT

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — South Dakota lawmakers looking to remake the state's voter-passed medical marijuana law previewed a coming battle in the Legislature Wednesday as they recommended outlawing growing medical marijuana in homes and allowing local governments to prohibit dispensaries. ...

South Dakota lawmakers start speedy redistricting process

Aug. 30, 2021 15:48 PM EDT

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — South Dakota lawmakers tasked with redrawing the state's political boundaries set a framework Monday that will allow them to speed through the once-in-a-decade process on a tight schedule this year. The two committees responsible for drawing the...

The Latest: Hawaii gov seeks to limit visits to the islands

Aug. 23, 2021 23:15 PM EDT

HONOLULU — Hawaii’s governor is urging residents and potential visitors to limit travel to the islands to essential business while the state struggles to control outbreaks of the delta variant of the coronavirus. Gov. David Ige wants to curtail travel to Hawaii...

As cases climb, GOP lawmakers try to ban vaccine mandates

Aug. 23, 2021 16:35 PM EDT

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — South Dakota House lawmakers have tried to pressure Gov. Kristi Noem to call a special session to pass a ban on employers requiring COVID-19 vaccinations even as virus cases climbed on Monday. Several Republicans in the House of Representatives...

Longtime South Dakota GOP lawmaker David Lust dies at 53

Jul. 24, 2021 13:02 PM EDT

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — David Lust, a longtime South Dakota lawmaker and former Republican House majority leader, has died. He was 53. Lust died Friday morning of an apparent heart attack, his law office confirmed to the Argus Leader. Lust was a partner at the Rapid...