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This guide was prepared to support the research effort of students in the USD Law Legislation Course.
Last Updated: Aug 23, 2017 URL: Print Guide RSS Updates

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Current Awareness - National Conference of State Legislatures (NCSL) - Hot Topics & Features

"The National Conference of State Legislatures is a bipartisan organization that serves the legislators and staffs of the nation's 50 states, its commonwealths and territories. NCSL provides research, technical assistance and opportunities for policymakers to exchange ideas on the most pressing state issues" and hot topics.


Current Awareness - Gavel to Gavel: A Review of State Legislation Affecting the Courts

Gavel to Gavel is a newsletter of the National Center for State Courts (NCSC)

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Current Awareness - Council of State Governments

Founded in 1933, The Council of State Governments (CSG) serves all three branches of state government. CSG is a region-based forum that fosters the exchange of insights and ideas to help state officials shape public policy.  Information about the Midwest Region is available from the CSG website.

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50 State Surveys

Using the 50 State Surveys on Westlaw is another way to become aware of legislative issues.


News and Current Awareness

Newspapers, although often not written by or for attorneys, can often provide insight into criminal cases in a specific geographic area.  Lexis Advance as well as Westlaw and Bloomberg Law provide law related news coverage.  Bloomberg Law also provides access BNA resources.  While Lexis Advance provides access to South Dakota News, such as the Argus Leader.


South Dakota Legislative Preview


Bill Information and Tracking for the 2014 South Dakota Legislative Session

The South Dakota Legislative Research Council website provides the texts of bills, lists of the actions taken on bills, and links to live audio broadcasts of committee meetings and floor proceedings.

1. Locate the text of a bill and its "bill status report" (actions taken on the bill) by number or "Quick Find," text search or subject index. On the "bill status report" page, create an RSS feed for updates on the bill.

2. In the bill status report, click the link to the left of each entry to view the House or Senate Journal or Committee minutes.

3. Click on the South Dakota Public Broadcasting podcast link South Dakota Public Broadcasting to hear floor or committee proceedings.

4.  You can track a bill or multiple bills through the legislative process. Go to E-Subscribe (My LRC) to create a new E-Subscribe account. You may create "bill tracking lists" and be notified by e-mail with a bill hearing schedule each day or when a new version of one of your bills is available. You also may create a list of committees and be notified when one of your committees posts an agenda or calendar, or posts minutes or a journal. You also may create a list of legislators ("members") and be notified when the address information list is updated.



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