Latest South Dakota state government News

Senate moves forward with child witness protections bill

Jan. 26, 2023 22:00 PM EST

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) — Child witnesses have the right to a safe courtroom, South Dakota state legislators agreed during an initial bill hearing on Thursday. The Senate Judiciary committee unanimously voted to move forward with a legal amendment that would provide extra support to...

S. Dakota Senate suspends lawmaker after vaccine exchange

Jan. 26, 2023 17:10 PM EST

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) — The South Dakota Senate on Thursday suspended a Republican state senator in a rare move that stripped the lawmaker of all legislative power while keeping the allegations against her a secret. Sen. Julie Frye-Mueller, who is among a group of right-wing Statehouse...

Justices weigh effort to balance Washington state's tax code

Jan. 26, 2023 14:54 PM EST

SEATTLE (AP) — An effort to balance what is considered the nation's most regressive state tax code came before the Washington Supreme Court on Thursday, with justices hearing arguments about whether they should overturn a prohibition on income taxes that dates to the 1930s. ...

Some Jan. 6th rioters gain sympathy for cause in red states

Jan. 25, 2023 18:03 PM EST

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) — Trennis Evans III joined the mob in the 2021 insurrection at the U.S. Capitol, climbing through a broken window and tossing back a swig of whiskey in a congressional conference room. On Wednesday, Evans was at the South Dakota Capitol, urging lawmakers to...

South Dakota state senator stripped of committee assignments

Jan. 25, 2023 17:28 PM EST

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) — A Republican South Dakota state senator had her committee assignments stripped Wednesday in a rare punishment in the Legislature. The move to strip Sen. Julie Frye-Mueller of her seats on two legislative committees was announced during the Senate's session on...

South Dakota House passes $200M for housing infrastructure

Jan. 23, 2023 18:25 PM EST

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) — The South Dakota House passed a $200 million fund for housing infrastructure projects, pushing the funding package over its final hurdle in the Legislature after a right-wing group of Republicans sought to thwart its passage. The funding package evenly divides...

State lawmakers: Teach 'American exceptionalism' in schools

Jan. 23, 2023 18:02 PM EST

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) — A group of South Dakota lawmakers pushed forward an initiative on Monday that offers an optional social studies curriculum for K-12 and university students rooted in “American exceptionalism” and the founding ideals of the U.S. Programs offering similar...

South Dakota's Noem says cell phone number hacked

Jan. 23, 2023 16:44 PM EST

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) — South Dakota Gov. Kristi Noem said Monday that her personal cell phone number has been hacked and blamed it on the release of her Social Security number amid hundreds of documents that the House Jan. 6 committee released last year. The Republican governor, who...

South Dakota tribe: Storm deaths 'could have been prevented'

Jan. 23, 2023 14:37 PM EST

Honor Beauvais’ every breath was a battle as a snowstorm battered the Rosebud Sioux Reservation in South Dakota. The asthmatic 12-year-old's worried aunt and uncle begged for help clearing a path to their cattle ranch near the community of Two Strike as his condition worsened, his...

March for Life eyes Congress for post-Roe abortion limits

Jan. 20, 2023 17:46 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — A half century after Roe v. Wade, March for Life supporters on Friday celebrated the Supreme Court's dismantling of that constitutional right to abortion and heralded the political struggle set loose by the court's decision. President Joe Biden pledged to do all in his limited...