Latest South Dakota state government News

Tourism has record-breaking year in South Dakota

Jan. 20, 2022 09:12 AM EST

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) — South Dakota had a record number of visitors in 2021, making it the first state to fully recover to pre-pandemic levels, according the tourism officials. The state Department of Tourism says visitors spent more than $4.4 billion last year, generating $160...

Investigators say South Dakota AG was untruthful about crash

Jan. 19, 2022 21:25 PM EST

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) — Criminal investigators on Wednesday told South Dakota lawmakers that they didn’t believe the state’s attorney general when he told them he never saw the body of the man he fatally struck on the night of the 2020 crash. Investigators said they doubted...

Planned Parenthood sues to stop South Dakota abortion rule

Jan. 19, 2022 19:31 PM EST

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — A federal lawsuit filed Wednesday by Planned Parenthood aims to prevent the state of South Dakota from implementing a new rule for medical abortions that would make the state one of the hardest places in the nation to get abortion pills. The rule approved...

Trans athlete ban pushed by Noem clears South Dakota Senate

Jan. 19, 2022 17:24 PM EST

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) — The South Dakota Senate on Wednesday passed a bill proposed by Republican Gov. Kristi Noem that would ban transgender women and girls from participating in school sports leagues that match their gender identity. The bill cleared the Senate with wide support from...

Plan to add campsites at Custer State Park draws opposition

Jan. 19, 2022 10:59 AM EST

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) — A significant increase in the number of tourists in the Black Hills since the start of the coronavirus pandemic prompted Gov. Kristi Noem to push for spending nearly $10 million to add campsites to Custer State Park. But former park officials, some lawmakers...

South Dakota AG impeachment probe questions investigators

Jan. 18, 2022 22:04 PM EST

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) — South Dakota lawmakers weighing impeachment charges for the state's attorney general on Tuesday drilled into the investigation of his fatal car crash in 2020, spending hours questioning the law enforcement officers and a specialist who analyzed the crash. Nearly...

Transgender athlete ban, backed by Noem, clears committee

Jan. 14, 2022 17:50 PM EST

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) — A South Dakota legislative committee on Friday approved a bill championed by Gov. Kristi Noem to ban transgender women and girls from participating in school sports leagues that match their gender identity. With the Republican governor's full-fledged lobbying,...

Tribal chairman gives South Dakota lawmakers history lesson

Jan. 13, 2022 18:02 PM EST

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) — The chairman of the Sisseton Wahpeton Oyate offered South Dakota's Legislature a history lesson on Thursday during the annual State of the Tribes address, as he emphasized tribal sovereignty and government-to-government relations. Chairman Delbert Hopkins Jr....

South Dakota AG unable to fund office for missing Indigenous

Jan. 12, 2022 17:26 PM EST

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) — South Dakota Attorney General Jason Ravnsborg told state lawmakers Wednesday that he has been unable to find funds to hire someone to coordinate tribal, state and local law enforcement agencies to investigate missing Indigenous people. The Legislature last year...

South Dakota Chief Justice's speech pushing care for staff

Jan. 12, 2022 17:07 PM EST

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) — South Dakota Supreme Court Chief Justice Steven R. Jensen on Wednesday requested $5 million to bolster court security while updating the Legislature on how the state's court system is tackling sexual harassment, mental health for judges and a shortage of court reporters. ...