South Dakotan on Your Side

July 10, 2014.  South Dakota is considered a mecca among the states for initiatives and referendum, and in fact, was a pioneer for this form of direct democracy. According to a 1992 paper presented to the Center for Great Plains Studies: In 1898 South Dakota became the first state to amend its constitution to give […]

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June 20, 2014.  Nothing is better than relaxing in front of a big screen TV. Except having the company that makes them in your legislative district. Are you familiar with Vizio televisions? You’ve walked by them in Wal-Mart, and other major retailers selling televisions. I own one myself. But did you know they’re also a […]

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June 13, 2014.  This last winter, several members of the South Dakota legislature gathered with counterparts from a majority of the states to come together and start discussions on amending the US Constitution. Many came together because of a myriad of problems coming out of Washington. Some came because of the intrusion of the Federal […]

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June 6, 2014.  House Bill 1049 passed both chambers and was signed by Governor Daugaard this year so the newly formed South Dakota Athletic Commission could operate and meet its statutory obligation to regulate boxing, kickboxing, and mixed martial arts competitions (MMA fighting). In 2013, the legislature passed a bill to establish the Commission, allowing […]

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May 9, 2014.  There is a reason that so many of the Forbes 400 and other wealthy families have chosen to locate their Private Family Trust Company (or PFTCs) and trusts in South Dakota. The South Dakota legislature has proactively emphasized modern trust laws better and longer than any other state. The current laws combined […]

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May 6, 2014.  Part of what a legislator tries to do is to balance the interests of protecting the public against helping the public engage in free commerce.  Laws that were put into effect years ago are often repealed, and regulations rolled back to encourage business expansion. That was the case this past legislative session […]

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April 25, 2014.  Many people recognize that laws can change, but many don’t pay attention to the extent they can turn on a dime. As Governor Daugaard noted in a recent column, the legislature often prides itself on how many laws can be revised during a legislative session: With legislators’ help, we’ve already gone a […]

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April 18, 2014. This year, the South Dakota Legislature passed a package of measures to enhance consumer protection in the field of insurance. These bills gave the Division of Insurance more authority to protect consumers against unfair claims, allow the division to impose fines on companies who violate those standards and give the public more […]

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April 8, 2014.  Lately, traffic cameras have been a hot topic issue in the surrounding tri-state region.  Recently the South Dakota legislature approved a measure that will prevent the sharing of confidential motorist information with states seeking license data for use in civil penalty traffic camera cases. Traffic cameras aren’t normally at the top of […]

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March 27, 2014.  The 89th Legislative Session marked a significant change in child custody law that will alter the way our courts respond to requests of joint physical custody.  Simply put, the new law will require the judge to provide written findings of facts and conclusions whenever a parent requests joint physical custody. In those […]

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