SOUTH DAKOTA LEGISLATURE

SD House committee advances ban on trans restroom policies

South Dakota CapitolPIERRE, S.D. – A South Dakota bill that would ban transgender students from using school restrooms that match their gender identity has cleared its first hurdle in the Legislature. The House State Affairs committee sent the bill to a vote on the House floor. The Republican-controlled Legislature has taken up several bills that deal with transgender youth this…

South Dakota senator names lawmakers who called special session

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – A South Dakota state senator has defied the wishes of his counterpart in the House and released the names of House lawmakers who had earlier called for a special legislative session to consider impeaching Attorney General Jason Ravnsborg. Republican Sen. Lee Schoenbeck presides over the Senate as its pro tempore. He received the names of the…

South Dakota Senate urges inquiry into Wounded Knee Medals of Honor

(Library of Congress)PIERRE, S.D. – The South Dakota Senate unanimously supports a resolution urging the U.S. Congress to launch an investigation into Medals of Honor given to soldiers who participated in the Wounded Knee Massacre. Congress has the authority to rescind the medals. A bipartisan group of state lawmakers, advocating both for Native American tribes and military veterans, say their…