PIERRE, S.D. -- After a week of historic flooding across the Midwest, 8,000 individuals in Oglala County -- where the Pine Ridge reservation is located -- are without water. According to Joshua Shields, a spokesperson for Republican Gov. Kristi Noem, floodwaters sweeping across the state have washed out the county’s rural waterline. On Friday, March 22, Shields said eight to 10 South Dakota National Guard active duty members, as well as four 2,500-gallon water tanks, are being sent to the Southwestern county to provide water for those in need.
PIERRE, S.D. — In a rush before severe winter weather conditions swept across the state, the Legislature wrapped up the 2019 legislative session a day early, staying until nearly 3 a.m. on Wednesday, March 13, to vote on the state’s final $4.9 billion budget. Over the course of the body’s 40 working days, debates ranged in topic from abortion access, to early childhood education, to the epidemic of missing and murdered indigenous women, and everything in between.
PIERRE, S.D. -- With a statewide blizzard looming, legislators stayed through Tuesday, March 12 night, into early Wednesday morning, to pass South Dakota’s $4.9 billion Fiscal Year 2020 budget. Senate Bill 191 , the General Appropriations Act, passed the Senate by a 27-2 vote and the House by a 53-6 vote. The Fiscal 2020 budget will go into effect in July.
PIERRE, S.D. -- A week after the Legislature pushed through Republican Gov. Kristi Noem's surprise Keystone XL pipeline bill package , two of South Dakota's tribal chairmen are rescinding their tribes from a ceremony to be held on Capitol grounds.
PIERRE, S.D. -- One day after Republican Gov. Kristi Noem issued her veto of a bill to legalize industrial hemp , the House has voted to override the veto.
PIERRE, S.D. - The fate of industrial hemp in South Dakota now lies in Republican Gov. Kristi Noem 's hands. The House on Monday, March 11 passed the amended version of House Bill 1191 , which would legalize the growth and production of hemp in the state, by a 58-8 vote.
PIERRE, S.D. — The week of March 4 may have been legislators’ last full week in session , but that didn’t mean activity in Pierre slowed down.
PIERRE, S.D. -- Three days after it was dropped, Republican Gov. Kristi Noem's package to curb violent pipeline protests has flown through both chambers of the legislature.
PIERRE, S.D. — Despite resistance from activists and South Dakota's American Indian tribes, the Legislature is moving forward with Republican Gov. Kristi Noem's last-minute bill package to curb protests of TransCanada's proposed Keystone XL pipeline.
PIERRE, S.D. -- After some legislative finagling, a bill to legalize hemp in South Dakota is still alive .