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S.D. bill aims to prevent lawsuits against comp insurers, employers
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S.D. bill aims to prevent lawsuits against comp insurers, employers

Reprints Louise Esola Lawmakers in South Dakota are slated Tuesday to hear about proposed legislation that would prevent injured workers from suing their employers, workers compensation insurers and third-party administrators on bad faith claims.
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145, sponsored by a total of 21 state senators and representatives, will leave bad faith claims up to the state’s Department of Labor and Regulation, which oversees the state’s workers compensation program, and would ensure that an employee receives that which is due.
Currently, parties involved in workers comp claims can be sued in civil court if an employee finds that he or she has been treated unfairly.
The department, if it finds favor in the employee’s claim, can “allow the employee a reasonable sum for attorney’s fees to be recovered and collected as part of the costs following a separate hearing of record,” according to a draft of the legislation.
“No person may bring or maintain a cause of action in relation to workers’ compensation benefits sounding in tort or in contract against any employer, employer who is self insured, a risk sharing pool, a third-party administrator, or any insurance company, including any reciprocal or interinsurance exchange, based on a wrongful act, omission, wrongful denial or any claim for refusal to investigate a claim or pay a loss that was considered vexatious, without reasonable cause, or in bad faith,” the draft states.

One third of South Dakota’s budget at stake in federal budget debate
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One third of South Dakota’s budget at stake in federal budget debate

One third of South Dakota’s budget at stake in federal budget debate.
Wochit As Congress prepares to take up President Donald Trump’s budget proposal, more than a third of South Dakota’s projected revenue could be affected.
The president’s budget, which will be amended by Congress, calls for wide-ranging cuts to several programs South Dakota counts on for funding.
State budget planners say they’re confident that the state’s spending plan approved earlier this year won’t be derailed, but others worry about the lack of contingency plan.
South Dakota took in $1.65 billion in federal funds during the fiscal year that ended June 30.
More: Governor: South Dakota closes budget year with $8M surplus Trump’s recommended budget would slash funds the state has designated to pay for health programs, food stamps, crop insurance, rural economic development and student loans.
If we lose even 10 percent of that, that really puts a lot of our programs in jeopardy.”
There was a brief conversation about re-establishing a high-risk pool in anticipation of an Affordable Care Act repeal, but lawmakers didn’t make any other spending plans with the new administration in mind.
Areas that would see funding cuts nationally, according to Trump’s budget proposal: – Health insurance: Trump has proposed an $11-billion cut to Medicare and an $86-billion cut to other mandatory programs as compared to current funding.
Trump has also planned to reduce funding to electric, telecommunications and utility companies and eliminate the Rural Economic Development Program, cutting $137 billion in spending as compared to current levels.

Polygamist leader Lyle Jeffs arrested after nearly a year on the run
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Polygamist leader Lyle Jeffs arrested after nearly a year on the run

Polygamist leader Lyle Jeffs arrested after nearly a year on the run.
Buzz60 Polygamous sect leader Lyle Jeffs was captured Wednesday at a marina in southeast South Dakota after being on the run for nearly a year after escaping from home confinement in Utah pending trial on food stamp fraud charges.
The FBI announced the capture Thursday morning with a Tweet: “#ARRESTED: FLDS leader Lyle Jeffs in custody after nearly a year on the lam.” Yankton County Chief Deputy Sheriff Michael Rothschadl said Jeffs surrendered Wednesday evening without incident at a recreation area marina near Yankton, which is southwest of Sioux Falls, South Dakota.
The group, known as the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, is based in a small community on the Utah-Arizona border, but it also has a small compound in far west South Dakota.
On the run since June 2016 Jeffs is jailed in Sioux Falls and is being held for the U.S.
Jeffs and 10 others from the sect were charged with fraud and money laundering in a multimillion dollar food stamp fraud scheme.
It was issued a decade after his brother Warren Jeffs was featured on a similar poster.
The defendants said they were just sharing food as part of their communal living practices.
However, the church opened a 140-acre compound near the town of Pringle, South Dakota, more than a decade ago.
Authorities have said the South Dakota congregation is led by Seth Jeffs, brother of Lyle and Warren Jeffs.