Tense talk over money matters at city hall in Onawa, Iowa. Many residents showed up for Tuesday night's city council meeting, saying the city wants to spend way too much after they saw the budget numbers published in the newspaper. Spending plans include one million dollars for a frontage road to the airport and a half-million dollars for two new fire trucks. City Administrator Bradley Hanson says it's necessary to get the city out of debt. He said some of the numbers are misleading, because they include grants the city hopes to receive.
An effort is underway in the South Dakota Legislature to keep communities from enacting breed-specific dog bans. Two southeast South Dakota towns are 'biting' back to keep their pit bull bans in place. In North Sioux, only dogs that are 100 percent pit bull are banned. In Jefferson, the rules are more strict. Any mix of the pit bull breed is banned. With the bill narrowly passing the Senate 19 to 16, some who feel the issue needs to be handled locally are lobbying lawmakers in the State House to kill the bill. On Thursday, the House committee on local government is expected to take up the breed bill in Pierre, South Dakota.
The South Dakota House has passed a measure to regulate the use of public waters as it floods private land. The legislators vote passed 53 to 6 and went on to the Senate. Hunters and anglers have pushed for access to the flooded waters. Property owners have pushed for their property rights. The bill that passed the House Tuesday forbids the use of recreational vehicles within 600 feet of a dwelling or livestock on such bodies of water.
State governors met with the President earlier this week. The Keystone XL Pipeline was a hot topic. The President told the governors, including Nebraska Governor Dave Heineman, that he'll make a decision on the pipeline in the next few months. Parts of the pipeline would cut through Nebraska, but last week a judge overturned a state law that allowed the pipeline. Company officials with TransCanada said this ruling can't be enforced while the case is on appeal.
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