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LTE: Keep Permitting Decisions Local

The following is a Letter to the Editor submitted by Kathy Tyler, Former State Legislator & Big Stone City resident. It was published on 2/4/20 in the Brookings Register and is published here by permission of the author. I am … Continued

DRA Weekly Legislative Update

Session Week Three  Industrial Hemp Bill Deferred for Final Edits This year’s Industrial Hemp licensing, production, and transportation bill (HB 1008) wasn’t quite in its final form on Thursday morning when it was scheduled for its first hearing. Instead of … Continued

ACTION ALERT: Bag Ban Blockade on Senate Floor TODAY

Trash the Plastic Trash Bill! Preemption Bill on the Senate Floor TODAY RIGHT NOW–take a minute to contact your Senator for a NO vote Click the link below to find contact info for your state senator, or call and leave … Continued

DRA Weekly Legislative Update

Water Management Board Approves TransCanada Permits The legislative week began on Tuesday, but DRA staff & members were across the river in Fort Pierre for the conclusion of nearly a year of meetings and hearings around five contested water permits … Continued

DRA Weekly Legislative Update

Welcome to the Capitol–Let’s Have a Look Through Your Bags The 2020 Legislative Session opened on Tuesday, January 14th with the Governor’s State of the State address. Due to the KXL Water Permit Hearings taking place simultaneously, DRA staff was … Continued

Dakota Rural Action Statement on Riot Booster Settlement

Today, Plaintiffs and State agreed to settle the “Riot Booster” case, filed last spring by the ACLU on behalf of Dakota Rural Action and other organizations and individuals after Governor Kristi Noem signed into law an act to criminalize free … Continued

Riot Booster Bill Blocked in Federal Court

  On Wednesday of this week, a federal court blocked enforcement of the unconstitutional provisions of several South Dakota laws, including the notorious, poorly-written “Riot Booster” Act. The bill was introduced in the waning hours of the 2019 legislative session … Continued

DRA Weekly Legislative Update

From Intro to Passage in Less Than 72 House: Governor’s Anti-Protest Bills Pass Both Houses Thursday Rumors swirled about pipeline-related legislation for weeks, but it was not until Monday morning of last full week of session (and far past the … Continued

DRA Statement on Passage of Anti-Protest Bills

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE March 8, 2019 Contact: John Harter, DRA Board Chair,, (605) 840-9478 Rebecca Terk, DRA Organizer & Lobbyist,, (605) 697-5204 x260 Frank James, DRA Director,, (605) 697-5204 x240 Anti-Free Speech Bills a Rush Job for … Continued