Feb 06, 2020 8:34 PM

Security breach shuts down public Wi-Fi at Nebraska Capitol

Posted Feb 06, 2020 8:34 PM

The Nebraska Capitol's public wireless internet has been turned off temporarily after a “critical security breach."

Sen. Mike Hilgers, chairman of the Legislature's Executive Board, says the Wi-Fi was shut down to protect the state's network and the private information held by state lawmakers and other state officials.

Hilgers says state officials don't know who caused the breach and were still investigating. He says the internet service will return as soon as it's safe.

His comments came after several lawmakers complained that they had lost access to the public internet they use to conduct personal business while on the legislative floor.

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Feb 06, 2020 8:34 PM
Hemp bill approved by SD House committee with Noem's support

A South Dakota House committee on Thursday unanimously approved a bill to allow industrial hemp in South Dakota.

The proposal would legalize and regulate the growth, processing and transportation of hemp in the state.

The bill's advancement to the House floor marked progress on an issue that was the subject of a split between legislators and Gov. Kristi Noem last year.

Noem has said she still doesn't think that industrial hemp is a “good idea," but her office worked with legislators to craft the bill this year. She wants the hemp program to be regulated by “four guardrails” that would provide for the program's enforcement, regulation, transportation permitting, and funding.