PIERRE, S.D. (AP) - The South Dakota Legislature is nearing the end of the main run of this year's session. Lawmakers will spend the next three days working out differences between versions of bills passed by the House and Senate. Lawmakers will return to the Capitol on March 31st to consider any vetoes issued by Governor Dennis Daugaard.
PIERRE, S.D. (AP) - The South Dakota House has approved a bill that would spend about $2.5 million to support a water project, protect an air base and support a research project. The bill would provide $1 million to help build the Lewis and Clark Rural Water System. Another $500,000 would be used to make changes in land use around Ellsworth Air Force Base.
PIERRE, S.D. (AP) - Lawmakers have killed a proposed statewide ban on texting while driving. A negotiating committee of three senators and three representatives was unable to reach a compromise between versions of the bill passed by the House and Senate. House Speaker Brian Gosch says the House will pass a ban only if law officers could issue tickets after they have first stopped drivers for other traffic offenses.
SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) - A southern South Dakota man accused of sexually abusing a 13-year-old has been sentenced to 15 years in prison. John Joseph Menard pleaded guilty in December to charges of first-degree burglary and sexual abuse of a minor. Authorities say Menard had sex with the 13-year-old in February 2009.
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