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Governor Dennis Daugaard OKs Bill Boosting Lawmaker Expense Payments

PIERRE - Gov. Dennis Daugaard has signed into law a measure that increases the daily allowance South Dakota lawmakers get to cover the cost of lodging, meals and other expenses during the annual legislative sessions.

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South Dakota Lawmakers Wrangle About Priorities in Budget – Increase Their Own Budget

PIERRE - The South Dakota Legislature's budget-writing committee has recommended a $4.1 billion state budget after wrangling over whether to give more money to schools and medical facilities that treat low-income people.

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Column: Prioritizing the Human Economy

PIERRE - It is admirable to see the Governor and legislators from both parties setting up sound policy that will prioritize human beings in the lean times and hopefully prevent more damaging cuts like those from two years ago.

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Survey: Many Conflicted on Government Spending Cuts

WASHINGTON - As President Barack Obama and lawmakers spar over huge federal deficits, they're confronted by a classic contradiction.

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Column: Senate Unwilling to Approve ‘Any Willing Provider’

PIERRE - After passing the house, the bill to force insurers to accept free patient choice in healthcare providers was voted down resoundingly in the South Dakota Senate.

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GOP Activist Wants Robo-call Civil Suit Dismissed

SIOUX FALLS - A man accused of criticizing South Dakota Republican leadership last year through robo-calls that weren't properly identified wants a judge to throw out a civil lawsuit against him because he also is being charged criminally.

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Legislative Panel Tackles Economic Development

PIERRE - A negotiating committee plans to hammer out proposed changes to a comprehensive bipartisan economic development plan on the penultimate day of South Dakota's main legislative session.

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Eligibility Change for Prenatal Care Rejected

PIERRE - The South Dakota Legislature has rejected a plan to provide government-funded prenatal care to more pregnant women.

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Economic Development Plan Survives Split Attempt

PIERRE - A comprehensive bipartisan economic development fund plan aimed at helping to recruit projects to South Dakota has survived an attempt by a Republican lawmaker to split the bill in five parts.

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Bill Would Transfer Ownership of 9 South Dakota Cemeteries

SIOUX FALLS - South Dakota Sens. Tim Johnson and John Thune have introduced legislation that would allow local communities to assume ownership of nine historic cemeteries in the Black Hills.

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