Casey Crabtree

COMMENTARY
The Senate floor at the State Capitol during the 2024 Legislature. (Makenzie Huber/South Dakota Searchlight)

From sleepwalking to sprinting: Faster start to legislative session is a welcome change

BY: - January 27, 2024

After retiring from a career in writing and journalism, one of the freelance assignments I took was covering the Legislature in Pierre for Community News Service. Sponsored by the South Dakota Newspaper Association (now known as the South Dakota NewsMedia Association), CNS was legislative coverage designed for weekly newspapers, though some dailies did subscribe as […]

State Sen. Casey Crabtree, R-Madison, speaks on the Senate floor on Jan. 22, 2024. (Joshua Haiar/South Dakota Searchlight)

Fuel tax refund to incentivize higher ethanol blends passes state Senate

BY: - January 22, 2024

PIERRE — A bill to incentivize the sale of more ethanol passed through the state Senate on Monday with 33 yes votes and no opposition.  The legislation outlines a new tax refund that would be in effect from 2025 to 2030. It would allow gas stations to claim a fuel tax refund of up to […]

The state Capitol in Pierre. (Getty Images)

Senate leaders appoint committee for Frye-Mueller complaint, release more details

BY: - January 27, 2023

South Dakota Senate leaders have appointed a committee to hear a complaint against Sen. Julie Frye-Mueller, R-Rapid City, and have released further details of allegations that led to her suspension. The new committee could ultimately make a recommendation leading to a Senate vote to expel, censure, discipline or exonerate Frye-Mueller. A news release Friday afternoon […]