Scott Odenbach

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State Rep. Scott Odenbach, R-Spearfish, speaks in the House chamber on Feb. 7, 2024. (Makenzie Huber/South Dakota Searchlight)

On its second try, civics exceptionalism bill goes stealth

BY: - February 24, 2024

According to some South Dakota lawmakers, college students need a big, fat lesson in civics. By “civics” they mean a lesson in the greatness of America. That lesson keeps getting closer to a reality as House Bill 1213 makes its way through the Legislature. HB 1213 would create a civic engagement center at Black Hills […]

Rep. Scott Odenbach, R-Spearfish, talks with other legislators on the House floor before Gov. Kristi Noem's budget address on Dec. 5, 2023. (Makenzie Huber, South Dakota Searchlight)

Lawmaker tries again to create civics center, less ideological this time

BY: - February 7, 2024

A bill proposing the creation of a civic engagement center at Black Hills State University in Spearfish cleared its first hurdle on Wednesday after a similar bill was defeated last year. The South Dakota House Education Committee unanimously voted to forward the bill to a legislative budget committee for further review. The center would be […]