DRA Weekly Legislative Update

LAST CHANCE! REGISTER FOR CITIZEN LOBBY DAY! With all that’s going down at the Capitol this session, your voice–and your presence–is urgently needed. But beyond that–it’s FUN! Hang out with other DRA members, talk to legislators about issues, eat good … Continued

DRA Weekly Legislative Update

Riot Booster 2.0 Heads to House Floor Wednesday morning’s hearing in House State Affairs provided echoes of last year’s rush job on the original Riot Booster legislation. Despite the packed room, testimony on House Bill 1117 was limited to twenty … Continued

ACTION ALERT: Riot Booster on House Floor TODAY

Call or email your Representatives NOW to say NO to HB 1117 House phone: (605) 773-3851 House emails: http://sdlegislature.gov/Legislators/ContactLegislator.aspx?Session=2020 Yesterday morning’s hearing in House State Affairs provided only twenty minutes TOTAL testimony time for each side–despite the packed room. That’s … Continued

Riot Booster 2.0 Passes First Committee With Restricted Testimony

Governor Noem’s “Riot Booster” legislation re-boot passed House State Affairs Committee this morning on a 10-3 vote. Committee Chair & House Majority Leader Lee Qualm (R-Platte) limited testimony to twenty minutes for each side, cutting off speaking opportunities for several … Continued

ACTION ALERT: Riot Booster 2.0 in House State Affairs Wednesday

In the waning hours of the 2019 Legislative Session, Governor Noem, aided by a super-majority of legislators, passed the notorious and unconstitutional “Riot Booster” Act targeting individuals and organizations opposed to the Keystone XL Pipeline. Later that Spring, Dakota Rural … Continued

DRA Weekly Legislative Update

County Zoning Under the Knife  A week ago at the Rapid City Stock Show, Governor Noem outlined plans for “cutting rural development red tape” with a zoning bill aimed at gutting the Conditional Use Permit (CUP) process on the county … Continued

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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