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South Dakota

One year after vetoing a bill to ban transgender girls from playing sports, Gov. Kristi Noem's team defended a new proposal to allow girls to sue a school if they lose to a transgender girl in sports
The South Dakota Legislature has a menu of infrastructure fixes this year, including some state-owned spillways damaged in flooding and record rainfall in 2018 and '19. But few lawmakers will invoke the words "climate change," which an engineering professor says the state is not prepared to address.
The state of the tribes address has annually been apart of the opening week of the South Dakota legislative session.
Billy Knutson did not enter a plea during his initial appearance in federal court. Federal prosecutors are charging Knutson with illegally entering the U.S. Capitol during last year's mob violence.

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The leftover brownies were surrendered to police.
Sen. Reynold Nesiba told reporters he tested positive on the morning of Wednesday, Jan. 12. The 2022 legislative session kicked off on Tuesday, without a mask mandate in place.
The Argus Leader reports that an inquiry into child pornography charges against the South Dakota billionaire philanthropist has not been closed, according to a filing in an ongoing fight over open records.
Noem spoke to the South Dakota Legislature on Tuesday. Watch a video here.
The former president had issued a statement lambasting Rounds as a "jerk" for referring to the 2020 presidential election that Trump lost by 7 million votes (and 74 votes in the electoral college) as "fair."
The state's citizen Legislature, less than a year before new elections, will also tackle night-vision hunting for coyotes, electric-powered ATVs, and plans to build a new Rapid City workhouse.

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A coalition of health care organizations, backed by Sanford and Avera, has gathered enough petitions to put the question of expanding the federal healthcare program to tens thousands of low-income South Dakotans on the upcoming general election ballot, says Secretary of State Steve Barnett.
Of the 38 bills posted to the state legislative website prior to next week's session, over 70% of them are in one way or another related to the state's medical marijuana or a proposed adult use pot programs.
John Murray Rowe Jr. was indicted last week by a federal grand jury on one count of violating U.S. espionage law for sending classified information on fighter jets to a FBI agent in disguise as a member of the Russian Federation.

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