New federal rules open the door to industrial hemp growing in the United States and even develops a plan for individuals to apply for a permit to farm in states without regulations. Continue reading “Hemp still illegal in SD, despite new federal laws”
A legislative committee tasked with spending the summer studying the state’s drug laws plans to recommend more funding for probation, parole and treatment services, but not to adjust the state’s ingestion law. Continue reading “More funding recommended for addiction treatment, no change to ingestion law”
Governor Kristi Noem reiterated her opposition Tuesday to legalizing industrial hemp in South Dakota, even in the face of new federal rules allowing the cash crop. Continue reading “Noem says no again to growing hemp in South Dakota”
South Dakota is one of 38 states with fetal homicide laws. KELOLAND News has been taking a closer look at the history of that law and other cases it applied to. Continue reading “SD one of 38 states with fetal homicide laws”
South Dakota officials have agreed to walk back parts of the state’s new anti-protest laws that opponents say were meant to target Native American and environmental advocates who speak out against the proposed Keystone XL crude oil pipeline.
The Sioux Falls Police Department has talked about the desire to increase demographic diversity on its force for decades, but the numbers don’t add up.
People convicted of crimes in South Dakota owe their victims millions of dollars in court-ordered restitution, but most of that debt is going unpaid and there is little remedy available for those harmed to get their money. Continue reading “Some crime victims in South Dakota not being paid restitution”
Come January the State Bar of South Dakota will have a new home a few blocks farther west but still in Pierre. The legal association’s executive director, Andy Fergel, recently answered questions from KELOLAND Capitol News Bureau reporter Bob Mercer about the transition. Continue reading “South Dakota State Bar Is Moving”
South Dakota’s prosecutors and law enforcement are asking legislators to not “kick the can down the road” when it comes to fixing the state’s drug laws. Continue reading “Lawmakers calling for a fix to SD’s drug laws”
Whenever you are drinking alcohol, whether sipping wine at a dinner party in Sioux Falls, or drinking beers and sight-seeing at Mt. Rushmore, having a designated driver is the best way to avoid a run-in with South Dakota law enforcement. In South Dakota, it is a crime to drive a motor vehicle if you are under the influence of alcohol (DUI) or have a blood alcohol concentration of 0.08 percent or more. It is also a crime to drive while taking illegal or prescription drugs if it is impacting your ability to safely operate your car or motorcycle. Continue reading “Implied Consent: It is the Law?”