Latest South Dakota State Legislature News

Brother-in-law to serve remainder of Rep. Glanzer's term

May. 11, 2020 8:01 AM EDT

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) — Gov. Kristi Noem has appointed Rep. Bob Glanzer's brother-in-law to fill the legislative seat left empty with his death from the coronavirus last month at age 74. Republican Lynn Schneider, a retired banker, will represent District 22 for the remainder of Glanzer’s current term,...

South Dakota Senate leaders accused of being drunk apologize

Apr. 24, 2020 6:30 PM EDT

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — Two Republican leaders of the South Dakota Senate accused of being drunk on the final day of the 2020 legislative session apologized Friday for their behavior. Members of the Senate Interim Investigation Committee warned Senate Majority Leader Kris Langer of Dell Rapids and Senate...

Flags lowered for Rep. Glanzer who died of the coronavirus

Apr. 16, 2020 1:02 PM EDT

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) — Gov. Kristi Noem has ordered flags be flown at half-staff in honor of Rep. Bob Glanzer who died earlier this month from coronavirus complications. The order was in effect Thursday until sundown on Monday, the day of his funeral. Noem called Glanzer a man of true integrity and someone...

This April, 9, 2018 photo shows South Dakota State Rep. Bob Glanzer in Huron, S.D. After the South Dakota lawmaker became one of the first people in the state to be sickened by the coronavirus from an unknown source, his hometown of Huron acted quickly to blunt the infection rate, but they couldn't stop the disease from spreading among his extended family. Within days of the 74-year-old Glanzer testing positive for the coronavirus, his wife, brother, and sister-in-law all had confirmed infections. Several other relatives have symptoms, according to Tom Glanzer, the lawmaker's son. (The Daily Plainsman via AP)

South Dakota lawmaker dies of coronavirus

Apr. 4, 2020 1:51 PM EDT

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — A South Dakota state lawmaker who was among several family members to contract the coronavirus has died. State Rep. Bob Glanzer died at about 8 p.m. Friday at Avera McKennan Hospital & University Health Center, his son Tom said in a Facebook post. Tom Glanzer and Senate...

Lawmakers to probe if Senate leader was drunk during meeting

Apr. 2, 2020 8:39 PM EDT

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — South Dakota legislators decided Thursday to investigate allegations that Senate Majority Leader Kris Langer was drunk during a meeting earlier this week that involved legislation elated to the coronavirus outbreak. Both Langer, a Dell Rapids Republican, and Senate Pro Tempore...

The Latest: Noem signs bills to address COVID-19 outbreak

Mar. 31, 2020 6:27 PM EDT

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — The Latest on the coronavirus outbreak in South Dakota (all times local): 5:30 p.m. Gov. Krist Noem on Tuesday signed nine emergency bills passed by the South Dakota Legislature to address the outbreak of the coronavirus. Lawmakers passed the bills just hours before Noem's signing....

In this photo provided by Patrick Callahan, several House lawmakers sit at their desks on the House floor while they debated and voted through a teleconference system Monday March 30, 2020, in Pierre, S.D.. Rep. Julie Frye-Mueller, a Rapid City Republican, wore a mask and gloves due to the coronavirus pandemic. They were considering emergency bills pushed by Gov. Kristi Noem. (Patrick Callahan/South Dakota Broadcasters Association via AP)

Noem: Guidance will stand after lawmakers reject new powers

Mar. 31, 2020 6:27 PM EDT

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — Gov. Kristi Noem said Tuesday that she'll continue her current guidance for business restrictions after lawmakers rejected her request to let the state health secretary impose mandatory measures. Lawmakers met into the early-morning hours Tuesday and approved several measures,...

FILE - In this March 25, 2020 file photo, Vermont House Speaker Mitzi Johnson, left, wears a mask while talking to a lawmaker in the Vermont house chamber at the Statehouse in Montpelier, Vt.  In state capitols across the U.S., lawmakers have ditched decorum and sidestepped traditional public meeting requirements in a rush to pass legislation funding the fight against the coronavirus and aiding residents affected by the widespread shut down of commerce. (AP Photo/Wilson Ring, File)

Legislatures meet remotely, limit public as virus spreads

Mar. 29, 2020 4:05 PM EDT

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — Members of the Arkansas House met in a college basketball arena, spaced out among 5,600 seats, as they voted on ways to cover a budget shortfall caused by the coronavirus punch to the economy. When South Dakota lawmakers convene Monday to consider 10 emergency bills, it won't be...

Lawmakers considering emergency bills for COVID-19 fight

Mar. 29, 2020 2:11 PM EDT

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — Gov. Kristi Noem has asked South Dakota lawmakers to act Monday on 10 pieces of emergency legislation aimed at a months-long COVID-19 fight. The emergency legislation covers a range of issues, including pushing local elections back until at least June, allowing the secretary of...