PIERRE — A dangerous stretch of state-owned track got approval Wednesday to be fenced. A landowner lost five head of cattle in recent years along three miles of the MRC line near Chamberlain. The South Dakota Railroad Board agreed Wednesday to pay for fencing both sides. The estimated price: $26,000. "That gorge down there is a tough place. We don't want to keep killing the guy's cattle," Board Member Steve Scharnweber of Pierre said. The landowner is responsible for installing the fence. The state Department of Transportation pays reimbursement.
PIERRE — South Dakota hasn't filled the J-1 visas reserved for physicians from foreign countries to help medically underserved patients, state lawmakers learned Monday. The state Health Department has 30 slots but only 13 physicians are in the program, Deputy Secretary Tom Martinec told the Legislature's Rules Review Committee. Officials from Avera and Sanford health systems joined Martinec in testifying for proposed rule changes.
PIERRE — The Legislature's Rules Review Committee decided 3-2 Monday the state Game, Fish and Parks Commission properly acted in banning discharge of firearms and fishing from boats for part of the year on a non-meandered water body in Clark County. The restrictions apply on privately owned Indian Springs basin, near Clark, from Oct. 10 through ice-up or Dec. 31, whichever arrives first. Floodwaters connect Indian Springs with publicly owned Antelope Lake, which remains open.
PIERRE — State government received nearly $117.4 million of revenue from gambling on South Dakota Lottery products during the budget year that closed June 30. "It was a great team effort," Executive Director Norm Lingle told members of the South Dakota Lottery Commission Friday. Revenue this year is predicted to reach $123.4 million. Instant scratch-off ticket sales set a record, according to Deputy Director Clark Hepper. They rose to $30,181,754, up from $26,068,946.
PIERRE — Two Rapid City companies won state government's assistance Thursday to help finance expansions. B9Creations, through investor SSM, received a $370,500 loan toward purchasing a building. The company makes 3D printers. Forest Products Distributors got a $21,937 South Dakota Jobs grant as 75 percent compensation for state sales and use tax. The company is adding a residential line. In other action, the state Board of Economic Development approved:
PIERRE — The state Board of Economic Development agreed Thursday to loan $10 million to Terex South Dakota and protect hundreds of manufacturing jobs in Watertown. The loan, carrying a 2 percent rate of interest, was the largest-ever from the Revolving Economic Development Initiative program that started in 1987. The government board also provided Terex with a reinvestment payment of $2,483,445 to offset state sales and use tax.
PIERRE — State and local governments can charge sales and use taxes to South Dakota customers on most purchases made through Internet and mail starting Nov. 1, the Legislature decided Wednesday. Lawmakers needed five hours to approve a package that also calls for marketplaces — such as Amazon or Ebay — to collect taxes starting March 1, 2019. "Today's special session is more than 50 years in the making," Gov. Dennis Daugaard told a joint assembly of lawmakers.
PIERRE — Several proposals that would alter some parts of South Dakota's system for funding special education, and also set the stage for bigger potential changes in the next few years, advanced Tuesday to the Legislature's Executive Board. The board will decide whether the measures get introduced in the 2019 session. The legislation came from lawmakers assigned to study the state's extraordinary cost fund for special education. Rep. Mary Duvall, R-Pierre, chaired the study panel. She said legislators established the program 21 years ago. The recommended bills would:
PIERRE — Gov. Dennis Daugaard wants the Legislature to consider three proposed laws in the special session Wednesday. Lawmakers on the appropriations committee plan to take testimony at 2:30 p.m. Tuesday about how the bills would work. The 18-member committee meets in room 362 at the Capitol. The panel's co-chairmen, Sen. Larry Tidemann, R-Brookings, and Rep. David Anderson, R-Hudson, have invited public comments.
PIERRE — The South Dakota Legislature meets Wednesday in special session starting at 10 a.m. on proposed laws that would allow state government to begin collecting sales and use taxes on transactions between remote sellers and South Dakota customers. Gov. Dennis Daugaard plans to speak to a joint assembly of lawmakers at about 10:30 a.m. in the House of Representatives chamber. Then the 70 representatives and 35 senators will stay in the House and meet as a committee of the whole.