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Interim Legislative Work– 2022 South Dakota Legislative update by District 24 Senator Mary Duvall

Interim Legislative Work– 2022 South Dakota Legislative update by District 24 Senator Mary Duvall. The Legislative Research Council’s Executive Board (E-Board) serves as the governance body of the LRC. I serve as one of 15 members elected to the E-Board. Among the statutory functions of the board is selecting interim study committees and their membership. The board has assigned each of the three District 24 legislators to serve on at least one committee this year.
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Senate Impeachment proceedings by District 24 Senator Mary Duvall

Senate Impeachment proceedings by District 24 Senator Mary Duvall (April 26, 2022). Our State Constitution spells out the broad structure for impeachment proceedings of the Governor and other state and judicial officers. The House of Representatives has the sole power of impeachment for the offenses of drunkenness, crimes, corrupt conduct, or malfeasance or misdemeanor in office. A simple majority of members elect is required to impeach.
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Critical Race Theory and Education– 2022 South Dakota Legislative Session update by District 24 Senator Mary Duvall

Critical Race Theory and Education– 2022 South Dakota Legislative Session update by District 24 Senator Mary Duvall (March 9, 2022). There has been much national discussion the past couple of years about Critical Race Theory (CRT) and its insidious effect on public education. There seems to be no clear definition or understanding of what constitutes CRT, other than it’s a theory we don’t want taught in public classrooms.
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Sales Tax Rates– 2022 South Dakota Legislative Session update by District 24 Senator Mary Duvall

Sales Tax Rates– 2022 South Dakota Legislative Session update by District 24 Senator Mary Duvall (Feb. 27, 2022) South Dakota first implemented a sales tax in 1935, at two percent. Four years later, the state instituted a two percent use tax. The sales and use tax increased to three percent in 1965, and to four percent in 1969. The sales tax rate remained at four percent until 2016, except for two temporary increases to five percent – one in 1980 to buy railroad property, and one in 1987 to establish the REDI fund. As one of eight states without an income tax, we rely on sales and use taxes as the primary source of revenue for ongoing state government expenses.
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Half Way There– 2022 South Dakota Legislative Session update by District 24 Senator Mary Duvall

Half Way There– 2022 South Dakota Legislative Session update by District 24 Senator Mary Duvall (Feb. 6, 2022) Next week we will pass the halfway point for the 2022 Session. With the bill introduction deadline last Thursday, legislators have introduced a total of 551 bills in the 2022 Session. This is an increase of 73 over last year, and the highest since 1998 when 572 bills were introduced. For further comparison, the lowest number of bills ever introduced was in 2017 when 394 bills were introduced, and the highest number was in 1957 when 929 bills were introduced.
HALFWAY, MO
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Protecting Grain Producers– 2022 South Dakota Legislative Session update by District 24 Senator Mary Duvall

Protecting Grain Producers– 2022 South Dakota Legislative Session update by District 24 Senator Mary Duvall (Jan. 30, 2022) In 1882, the Territorial Legislature created an ad hoc committee to deal with rail issues, based on complaints from residents of Dakota Territory. Three years later, the Legislature established the Board of Railroad Commissioners. A few months after South Dakota gained statehood, the Legislature of 1890 assigned regulation of grain warehouses to the Board of Railroad Commissioners since most grain facilities were adjacent to railroads. Additional responsibilities were added to the Board of Railroad Commissioners over time, and in 1939 the Legislature changed its name to the Public Utilities Commission (PUC).
PIERRE, SD
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Improving the Capitol Workspace– 2022 South Dakota Legislative Session update by District 24 Senator Mary Duvall

Improving the Capitol Workspace– 2022 South Dakota Legislative Session update by District 24 Senator Mary Duvall (Jan. 17, 2022). Two years ago, the Legislature asked the Bureau of Administration to develop a long-range plan for state-owned buildings in the Pierre/ Ft. Pierre area. This included the Capitol, buildings on the Capitol complex, and leased spaces. The Bureau was to assess the amount of workspace in state-owned buildings and leased buildings, analyze future needs, and find ways to improve efficiency.
PIERRE, SD
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Infrastructure funding– 2022 South Dakota Legislative Session preview by District 24 Senator Mary Duvall

Infrastructure funding– 2022 South Dakota Legislative Session preview by District 24 Senator Mary Duvall. Among key topics of the 2022 Legislative Session, which gets underway next week, will be the opportunity to determine how to allocate millions of dollars of one-time funds. Like last year, South Dakota has a large infusion of federal dollars and strong sales tax revenue, creating an opportunity to invest in new infrastructure, pay for maintenance and repair of existing infrastructure, and prepare our state for future economic downturns.
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Senator Mary Duvall talks about the new district she will try to represent

PIERRE, S.D.(KCCR)- Nearly every South Dakota legislative district has a new look following the completion of redistricting by the South Dakota legislature last week. District 24 is expanding square mileage to the west by picking up Haakon County, which Senator Mary Duvall thinks fits. Most central South Dakota counties were...
HAAKON COUNTY, SD
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OP-ED: An update from State Sen. Mary Duvall

Legislators wrapped up its decennial redistricting work on Wednesday afternoon, adopting a final map showing new legislative districts based on the 2020 census. The map is the result of compromise among legislators from both chambers who recognized that our current legislative districts need to change to match changes in South Dakota’s population. While many legislators would have preferred to keep their current legislative boundaries, most were willing to set aside their personal preferences and work together to develop new legislative boundaries that fit all of South Dakota.
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The lines are drawn: A recap of redistricting based on 2020 US Census data– District 24 by Sen. Mary Duvall

Redistricting Recap by District 24 Senator Mary Duvall (Nov. 12, 2021). Legislators wrapped up its decennial redistricting work on Wednesday afternoon (Nov. 10, 2021), adopting a final map showing new legislative districts based on the 2020 census. The map is the result of compromise among legislators from both chambers who recognized that our current legislative districts need to change to match changes in South Dakota’s population. While many legislators would have preferred to keep their current legislative boundaries, most were willing to set aside their personal preferences and work together to develop new legislative boundaries that fit all of South Dakota.
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State Sen. Mary Duvall’s redistricting update

The Senate Legislative Redistricting Committee, on a 5-2 vote, is recommending the “Blackbird 2.0” map proposal for the full Senate to consider when it convenes for a special legislative session on redistricting in November. The new version of the map reflects changes to the original Blackbird map based on public feedback, conversations with House colleagues, and ideas offered in other maps.
SIOUX FALLS, SD
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Revised Senate “Blackbird” proposed legislative districts map– District 24 Sen. Mary Duvall update interim activity of the SD Legislature

Revised Senate “Blackbird” proposed legislative districts map by District 24 Senator Mary Duvall (Oct. 25, 2021). “The Senate Legislative Redistricting Committee, on a 5-2 vote, is recommending the “Blackbird 2.0” map proposal for the full Senate to consider when it convenes for a special legislative session on redistricting in November. The new version of the map reflects changes to the original Blackbird map based on public feedback, conversations with House colleagues, and ideas offered in other maps.
SIOUX FALLS, SD
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Creating updated legislative districts for South Dakota- District 24 Sen. Mary Duvall update interim activity of the SD Legislature

Creating updated legislative districts for South Dakota by District 24 Senator Mary Duvall (Oct. 15, 2021). The House and Senate Legislative Redistricting Committees spent three days traveling across South Dakota to take public input on what the state’s new legislative districts should look like. We started at 8:00 a.m. on Oct. 11, 2021, in Rapid City and ended at 8:30 p.m. on Oct. 13, 2021, in Sioux Falls. We traveled over 1,100 miles, making stops in Mission, Mobridge, Aberdeen, and Watertown along the way. More than 200 people attended our listening sessions. We heard from about 100 people who took time to weigh in on South Dakota’s future legislative districts.
SIOUX FALLS, SD
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Conurbation. What is it? Why does it matter?– District 24 Sen. Mary Duvall update of the SD Legislature

Conurbation. What is it? Why does it matter? by District 24 Senator Mary Duvall. As the legislative redistricting committees get further along in their work, one of the terms we hear is “conurbation.” The word is defined as “an aggregation or continuous network of urban communities.” Within the redistricting process, it is used to describe a group of legislative districts representing an urban area. There are two conurbation areas being considered by the committees – one for Sioux Falls and one for Rapid City. These are largely a housekeeping convention, used to manage the committee’s workload.
RAPID CITY, SD