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

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