Local

Legislative Session Opens January 14th.

Legislative Session Opens January 14th.

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) — The death penalty, health care for poor people and education reform will be among the top issues tackled by the legislative session that opens January 14th.

Governor Dennis Daugaard has recommended 3 percent increases in state aid to schools and payments to health care providers in the Medicaid program.

House Republican Leader David Lust of Rapid City says lawmakers will debate whether those increases are feasible and advisable.

House Democratic Leader Bernie Hunhoff of Yankton says many lawmakers will seek to boost state aid to schools by more than the governor has recommended. An attempt also will be made to expand Medicaid, despite the governors’ opposition.

Lawmakers also will discuss a proposal to repeal the death penalty and plans to repeal or limit use of Common Core standards in schools.

Recent Headlines

in Local

Death Of Female In Mitchell Ruled Suspicious

Fresh
police 1

Janie McDougal, 49, was found dead on Monday night.

in Local

Mitchell City Council To Discuss Two Projects

corn palace

The meeting begins at 7:30 Tuesday night.

in Local

Midwest Business Conditions Index Rises Slightly

SD sign

The survey covers several states from North Dakota down to Arkansas.

in Local

Thune Could Play Pivotal Role In Internet Access

capitol building

The senator could become the head of the Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee.