PIERRE, S.D. — For the ninth year in a row, South Dakota saw increased growth in tourism to the state in 2018, according to newly released data. According to a new study by Tourism Economics, a company that specializes in tourism data, 14.1 million tourists visited South Dakota in 2018 — a bump of 1.4 percent from 2017 numbers. Those 14.1 million people spent $3.98 billion in the state — up 2.5 percent from 2017 — and the tourism industry as a whole contributed to $298 million in state and local taxes.
PIERRE, S.D. -- Two bills that would loosen South Dakota concealed carry laws are moving on to a Senate vote after narrowly passing a legislative committee.
PIERRE, S.D. -- Still filling out her new administrative staff, Republican Gov. Kristi Noem has selected her office's deputy general counsel. Noem announced via news release on Thursday, Jan. 17, that Katie Hruska, who is currently an attorney with May, Adam, Gerdes & Thompson, LLP in Pierre, will join Noem's staff as deputy general counsel. Hruska currently practices employment, family, administrative and regulatory law, as well as civil litigation.
PIERRE, S.D. — Legislators have filed a bill that could let voters decide whether to extend state lawmakers’ term limits.
PIERRE, S.D. — South Dakota senators have voted to commend U.S. Senators John Thune and Mike Rounds for their votes to confirm United States Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh — but not without heated debate.
PIERRE, S.D. — Legislators are revisiting language in the state's regular update to the list of controlled substances after facing public pushback regarding the bill's scheduling of cannabidiol, often called CBD oil.
PIERRE, S.D. -- In South Dakota’s fourth annual State of the Tribes address, Rosebud Sioux Tribe President Rodney Bordeaux urged the legislature to explore ways to improve health and mental health care for American Indians on the state's nine reservations, including expanding Medicaid. He opened his address by underlining a mental health crisis in the native population, which he said is due in part to a lack of mental health care resources in the reservations and, more broadly, in rural South Dakota.
PIERRE, S.D. -- Three South Dakota lawmakers have introduced a bill hoping to prevent state officials from employing family members to the state.
WASHINGTON -- After months of back-and-forth and missing their Sept. 30 re-authorization deadline, the U.S. House and Senate has finally come to an agreement on a nearly $900 billion 2018 Farm Bill.
PIERRE, S.D. -- Facing what they call a “public health crisis,” South Dakota lawmakers on Monday, Dec. 3, took steps to make mental health care more accessible throughout the state. The legislature’s Access to Mental Health Services Committee voted unanimously to recommend two mental health accessibility bills to the legislature come the start of the session in January.