Daugaard delivers State of the State Address

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PIERRE, S.D. (AP) - The Latest on Gov. Dennis Daugaard's State of the State address (all times local):

4:55 p.m.

Gov. Dennis Daugaard says he will support legislation that aims to resolve issues surrounding mentally ill people entering South Dakota's criminal justice system.

The governor said Tuesday in his State of the State address that he will support the recommendations of a task force convened by Supreme Court Chief Justice David Gilbertson.

The group studied how people with mental illness encounter law enforcement and move through the court system, jails and probation.

The governor says in some cases mentally ill people have had to wait in jail for months for mental competency evaluations.

Daugaard says the legislation would expand the pool of providers who can perform the evaluations. He says it would also give authorities tools to better respond to mental health crises and stop unnecessary jail admissions.

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3:50 p.m.

The House Republican leader says South Dakota could see fairly substantial revenues from a deal with online retailer Amazon to collect state and local sales taxes on purchases in the state.

House Majority Leader Lee Qualm says that he hopes other companies will "jump on the bandwagon." Gov. Dennis Daugaard announced the development Tuesday in his State of the State address.

Daugaard says Amazon will begin voluntarily collecting state and local sales taxes Feb. 1 and will remit them starting in late March. He says it's difficult to project how much money the agreement will mean for the state budget until there's a year's worth of collection history.

The governor says the company has declined to give the state such information. But, he says the deal is a "big step."

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3:25 p.m.

South Dakota's Democratic legislative leaders saw a lot of their policy priorities missing from Gov. Dennis Daugaard's State of the State address.

The criticisms came after the Republican governor's speech Tuesday on the first day of the 2017 legislative session.

Senate Minority Leader Billie Sutton says lawmakers should work on issues such as pre-kindergarten education, health care, economic development and broadband access.

Sutton says it's Democrats' job to remind the Republican legislative majorities of the policies that they're not discussing that are important to South Dakota residents.

The legislative session ends March 10, although lawmakers come back to consider any vetoes near the end of that month.

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1:20 p.m.

Gov. Dennis Daugaard says online retail giant Amazon will start collecting sales taxes on purchases in South Dakota.

Daugaard announced the development Tuesday in his State of the State address. The move is a win for South Dakota, which depends on sales tax collections to fund state government.

Daugaard says Amazon will begin voluntarily collecting state and local sales taxes Feb. 1 and will remit them starting in late March.

The news follows recent moves by Amazon in Utah, Iowa and Nebraska as more states push to collect taxes on internet purchases. The company's website says purchases in over 30 states are subject to sales taxes.

A 1992 U.S. Supreme Court decision bans states from forcing out-of-state retailers to collect taxes if they don't have a physical presence in the state.

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1:10 p.m.

Gov. Dennis Daugaard is giving his State of the State address to South Dakota legislators at the state Capitol.

The Republican governor's speech kicks off the start of the 2017 legislative session Tuesday.

Daugaard is expected to discuss issues ranging from mentally ill people entering the criminal justice system to growing meth use and mounting drug arrests.

The legislative session ends March 10, although lawmakers come back to consider any vetoes near the end of that month.

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6 a.m.

Gov. Dennis Daugaard is set to give his State of the State address to legislators at the South Dakota Capitol.

The Republican governor's speech kicks off the start of the 2017 legislative session Tuesday.

Daugaard is expected to discuss issues ranging from mentally ill people entering the criminal justice system to growing meth use and mounting drug arrests.

South Dakota Public Broadcasting will carry the 1 p.m. speech from the House of Representatives chamber live on TV, radio and the internet.

The session ends March 10, although lawmakers come back to consider any vetoes near the end of that month.

Republicans hold supermajorities in both the House and the Senate.

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