Floor Debate on Permitting Shows Power of Public Input

Today’s Senate Floor discussion on Senate Bill 15–and the maneuvers leading up to that vote–are a prime example of how lawmakers, industry, and state agencies block citizens from engaging in the process, yet claim citizens are “ignorant” when they voice … Continued

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Last-Minute PUC Hoghouse Removes Public Hearings from Permitting CALL-EMAIL-CONTACT SENATORS ASAP Senate Bill 15 started out as a simple proposed change in the timeline for wind energy facility permitting from six months to one year. After intense opposition from corporate … Continued

ACTION ALERT: Water Bills Need Your Support Today!

TWO GOOD WATER BILLS NEED YOUR SUPPORT TODAY! House Bill 1239 and House Bill 1240 provide necessary and appropriate local input to the water permit process. Both bills will be heard in House Ag & Natural Resources Committee TOMORROW (Thursday) … Continued

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Industrial Hemp Moves Forward Despite Governor’s Push to Table After House Ag Committee unanimously passed the Industrial Hemp program bill (HB 1191) last week, Governor Noem began an aggressive campaign pushing legislators to table and wait, saying the state isn’t … Continued

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Logjam of Bills Will Mean Late Nights in Weeks Ahead As committee agendas begin to fill up, the deadline to move bills through committee to their House of origin looms in only two weeks (eight legislative days). In South Dakota, … Continued

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Bills Pile On–Hoghouse Vehicles Aplenty Now that deadlines for filing bills have passed, the Legislative Research Council’s (LRC) bill list has reached something like 499 pieces of legislation. That said, a few of those bills have already died in committee, … Continued

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Finally–the Bills Are Rolling In! For better or worse, it appears the spigot has opened at the Legislative Research Council (LRC), and the bills are starting to pour out at rapid speed. Today, January 25th, is the last day for … Continued

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Action Needed on HB 1019 Contact Members of House Commerce & Energy Committee House Bill 1019 stands to create an incredible chilling effect on democracy in our state. The short piece of legislation requires the state to pursue costs of … Continued