Defying GOP, Obama vetoes Keystone XL pipeline bill
Wednesday, 25 February 2015 08:47
President Barack Obama has vetoed a Republican bill forcing construction of the Keystone XL oil pipeline.
The White House sent notice of the veto to the Senate on Tuesday, shortly after the bill was received at the White House. It's the third veto of Obama's presidency.
The move puts a freeze on a top GOP priority, at least for now. It also reasserts Obama's authority over a project that's become a flashpoint in the national debate about climate change.
Congressional Republicans may try to override Obama's veto, but have yet to show they can muster the two-thirds majority in both chambers that they would need. Senator John Hoeven, the bill's chief GOP sponsor, says Republicans are about four votes short in the Senate and need about 11 more in the House.
Panel defeats plan to allowed concealed carry without permit
Wednesday, 25 February 2015 08:37
A state Senate panel has defeated a proposal that would allow people in South Dakota to carry a concealed pistol without a permit.
The Senate Judiciary Committee voted 5-1 on Tuesday against the measure, which would have removed the requirement for a concealed pistol permit from state law.
Openly carrying a firearm in South Dakota is legal.
Republican Rep. Jim Stalzer has said that he has a concealed pistol permit and has been in situations where he's been glad to have it. But Stalzer says he knows people who have accidentally let their permits expire and have carried their weapons illegally.
The law enforcement community has opposed the proposal, which passed through the House.
Republican Sen. Phil Jensen says an effort to revive the plan Tuesday afternoon didn't receive enough support.