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South Dakota Farmers Union Pushing For RFS And COOL Defense

South Dakota Farmers Union has a delegation of over 30 in the nation’s capital this week lobbying lawmakers on the hill. President Doug Sombke says besides the farm bill, one of their major concerns is making sure lawmakers keep the Renewable Fuel Standard intact.

Sombke says South Dakota Farmers Union members are also asking lawmakers to defend Country of Origin Labeling against attacks from those who want to get rid of it. He expects a long drawn out fight over it however.

The U.S. Country of Origin Labeling law is being challenged in the courts with a decision expected as soon as today on a preliminary injunction request by opponents of the measure. If that’s granted it will put the law on hold while the litigation goes through the system.

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A look at some of this week's biggest stories and the headlines you may have missed.

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South Dakota Democrats Talk Medicaid Expansion

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Medicaid expansion continues to be on the South Dakota legislative agenda.

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House Education Committee Repeals Foundation Funding

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The South Dakota House Education Committee voted to repeal the foundation funding legislation.

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Lots Of Lobbying On Gas Tax Proposal

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One Iowa State Senator says the lobbying has been intense as the legislature prepares to take up a proposal to increase the state gas tax.

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Sioux Falls Flood Map Discussed

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South Dakota’s Congressional delegation met with the Federal Emergency Management Agency this week to talk about new flood maps for the City of Sioux Falls.