State Legislative Candidates Respond: Initiative & Referendum

DRA Legislative Questionnaire Responses, Part Four of Five In mid-September, Dakota Rural Action sent out a questionnaire to all candidates running for State House and Senate. Below are the returned responses to the following question: The last two legislative sessions … Continued

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State Legislative Candidates Respond: Eminent Domain

DRA Legislative Questionnaire Responses, Part Two of Five In mid-September, Dakota Rural Action sent out a questionnaire to all candidates running for State House and Senate. Below are the returned responses to the following question: Late this summer, in the … Continued

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State Legislative Candidates Respond: Water Quality

DRA Legislative Questionnaire Responses, Part One of Five In mid-September, Dakota Rural Action sent out a questionnaire to all candidates running for State House and Senate. Below are the returned responses to the following question: “Water–both quality and quantity–is an … Continued

Amendment Z Undermines Citizen Initiatives

Over the past couple of years, there has been a concerted effort in the South Dakota Legislature to undermine initiative & referendum. That has played out with the fight over repeal of IM 22 in the 2017 session, the Initiative … Continued

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DRA Weekly Legislative Update

Weekly Legislative Update The 2018 Legislative Session wraps up this week, with bills and resolutions attempting their final hurdle through committees on Monday and their second floor vote on Tuesday. Those bills that saw amendments outside their house of origin … Continued

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ACTION ALERT: Final Days–Initiative Bills Still In Play

Initiative & Referendum Bills Still In Play–Call or Write Senators Today This is the final week of the legislative session, and several Initiative & Referendum Bills are still in play. Of greatest concern are House Bills 1177 and 1196–both of … Continued

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DRA Weekly Legislative Update

Big Win On Manure Pipes; Big Loss on CUP Appeals Nine DRA members traveled to Pierre this week to testify against two bad bills. House Bill 1184 would have allowed the right of CAFO operators to run force-main manure pipes … Continued

DRA Weekly Legislative Update

Two Must-Kill Bills Will Have Second Committee Hearings Soon House Bill 1292 seeks to change the standard of appeal for Conditional Use Permits. Currently, those counties and municipalities that use a ⅔ majority to approve these permits have a de … Continued