The South Dakota Department of Social Services (DSS) and the state Department of Health teamed up to launch “Avoid Opioid.” The website offers resources to those struggling with addiction, their loved ones, and providers treating those struggling with opioid use.
For the second time in as many years, recreational marijuana is set to appear on the November ballot. Opponents to the measure are pressing to block it from once again receiving support from a majority of voters.
South Dakota state lawmakers were not informed by Governor Kristi Noem about her intentions to raise wages for Department of Public Safety staffers, but instead learned about it from Twitter. With the gubernatorial election less than three months away, some worry that the move was political.
Anti-abortion groups provided strong pushback on language that said a proposed amendment to the state constitution, enshrining a right to abortion in it, only “provided a legal framework for abortion.”
Three South Dakota state lawmakers have come out publicly asking Attorney General Mark Vargo to recuse himself from an investigation into Governor Kristi Noem, who appointed him to the same position in June.
The Government Accountability Board (GAB) referred one Noem related complaint to the South Dakota Attorney General’s office for further investigation, and voted to potentially take action on another complaint.
Governor Kristi Noem rose to national prominence in large part due to her response to the COVID-19 pandemic. It is set to be one of her key issues heading into the 2022 South Dakota gubernatorial race.
Governor Kristi Noem has said on several occasions that she intended to bring the state legislature back for a special session on abortion, after Roe v. Wade was overturned. In the weeks since that has happened, Noem appears to be preparing to walk those calls back.
“Dakotans for Health” had previously argued that an initiated measure would be easier to get passed by the voters than a constitutional amendment. However, the same organization has now thrown their weight behind a constitutional amendment.
The "South Dakota Freedom Caucus" was launched at the South Dakota Republican Party convention as a way to push the party to the right. It comes at a time where the party in the Rushmore state has become particularly divided over the course of the last several months.
South Dakota government leaders celebrated the end of abortion in South Dakota. But now, they say they want to see more laws brought on the topic, and find ways to make it easier to raise children in the state.
A record crowd at the GOP convention opted for experience in the Attorney General’s race, and for Noem’s choice in the Lieutenant Governor’s race. However, a dark horse candidate took the day in the Secretary of State race.
A corporation named the Government Integrity Initiative (GII) was behind the telemarketing campaign aimed at state lawmakers serving on the select committee considering the impeachment of Attorney General Jason Ravnsborg.
A number of South Dakota state lawmakers have been on the receiving end of a mailer campaign by an influential member of the State Senate. However, the targeted lawmakers say that the mailer is disingenuous.
At the request of legislators, the SD Department of Public Safety gave a public briefing explaining how they came to the conclusions they did in the investigation into Attorney General Jason Ravnsborg, and what they believe happened the night he struck and killed Joe Boever.
A federal judge has ordered the state of South Dakota to pay lawyers for the “Blue State Refugees” $37,503 after it was found that the Noem Administration violated the organization’s First Amendment rights.
In a letter from 11 members of House leadership and members of the House Appropriations committee, lawmakers ask Attorney General Jason Ravnsborg to review the constitutionality of Noem’s authority to spend funds.