Press Releases

Feb 09, 2016

Governor Signs More Bills Into Law

In addition to House Bill 1032, Gov. Dennis Daugaard signed 6 bills into law this afternoon. Read more . . .

Feb 09, 2016

Governor Signs First Bill Of Legislative Session Into Law

Gov. Dennis Daugaard today signed the first bill of the 2016 Legislative Session into law. The piece of legislation, House Bill 1032, enables state and local governments to enter into guaranteed energy savings contracts. Read more . . .

Feb 05, 2016

Expanding Outdoor Opportunities In Spearfish Canyon

Over the last few months, the Spearfish Canyon Foundation has been working with the state Game, Fish and Parks Department to acquire a beautiful property from Homestake Mining Company. Read more . . .

Feb 05, 2016

Governor Holds Legislative Press Conference

Gov. Dennis Daugaard today held his third legislative press conference at the Capitol. Read more . . .

Feb 04, 2016

Governor Seeking Interns For Summer Term

Gov. Dennis Daugaard is currently seeking applications for two summer 2016 Governor’s Office Internships in Pierre. The positions will be paid and run from early May through September 2016. Read more . . .

Feb 02, 2016

Gov. Daugaard’s Education Reform Bills Filed

The South Dakota Legislative Research Council has officially filed Gov. Dennis Daugaard’s education reform bills which are now online for the public to view. Read more . . .

Jan 28, 2016

Gov. Daugaard Holds Legislative Press Conference

Gov. Dennis Daugaard held a legislative press conference on Thursday, Jan. 28, to give updates on tribal relations and the USS South Dakota. Read more . . .

Jan 22, 2016

South Dakota Releases CAFR Ahead Of Schedule

Gov. Dennis Daugaard announced today that the state Bureau of Finance and Management has released for public review the South Dakota Comprehensive Annual Financial Report (CAFR) for the fiscal year which ended June 30, 2015, ahead of its Jan. 31 goal. Read more . . .

Jan 19, 2016

Governor Appoints Duenwald Chief Hearing Examiner

Gov. Dennis Daugaard announced today that he will appoint Catherine Duenwald chief hearing examiner. Read more . . .

Jan 08, 2016

Gov. Daugaard To Give State Of The State Address On Tuesday

Gov. Dennis Daugaard will give the State of the State Address Tuesday, Jan. 12, at 1 p.m. CST in the state House Chamber. Read more . . .

Dec 29, 2015

Governor Appoints Olson To Game, Fish And Parks Commission

Gov. Dennis Daugaard announced today that he will appoint Russell Olson of Madison to the South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks Commission. Read more . . .

Dec 21, 2015

Final Day For Viewing Capitol Christmas Trees Dec. 26

The decorated Christmas trees in the South Dakota Capitol will only be on display through Saturday of this week. Read more . . .

Dec 14, 2015

PSIA Annual Report Released

The Public Safety Improvement Act Oversight Council has released its annual report to update the public on progress made under Gov. Dennis Daugaard’s criminal justice reforms. Read more . . .

Dec 08, 2015

Governor Suspends Butte County State’s Attorney From Office

Gov. Dennis Daugaard has issued an order to suspend Heather Plunkett from her position as Butte County state’s attorney. Read more . . .

Dec 06, 2015

President Asks For Flags At Half-Staff In Remembrance Of Pearl Harbor

President Obama has called for flags to be flown at half-staff on Monday, Dec. 7, in observance of National Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day. Read more . . .

Dec 04, 2015

Statement From Gov. Daugaard On Federal Transportation Bill

Gov. Dennis Daugaard issued the following statement today in response to the passage of the Fixing America’s Surface Transportation Act. Read more . . .

Dec 03, 2015

President Orders Flags At Half-Staff For San Bernardino Victims

President Obama has called for flags at half-staff, effective immediately, out of respect for the victims whose lives were taken by the violence in San Bernardino, California. Read more . . .

Dec 03, 2015

Gov. Daugaard To Give Budget Address On Tuesday

Gov. Dennis Daugaard will give the annual budget address on Tuesday, Dec. 8, at 1 p.m. CST in the state House Chamber. Read more . . .

Nov 30, 2015

State Enters Into Obligation Recovery Center Contract To Collect Debts

The state of South Dakota has officially entered into an agreement to create an Obligation Recovery Center to recover money owed to state agencies and programs. Read more . . .

Nov 24, 2015

Governors Stake Friendly Wager On SDSU-Montana Playoff Game

Gov. Dennis Daugaard and Montana Gov. Steve Bullock have staked a friendly wager on the outcome of this weekend’s playoff game between South Dakota State University and the University of Montana. Read more . . .

Nov 23, 2015

Gov. Daugaard Orders State Capitol Flags At Half-Staff For Former State Sen. Wilbur Foss

Former state Sen. Wilbur Foss of Scotland passed away on Wednesday, Nov. 18, 2015. Gov. Dennis Daugaard has ordered flags to fly half-staff at the State Capitol on Saturday, Nov. 28, the date of Foss’ funeral. Read more . . .

Nov 20, 2015

Gov. Daugaard Expresses Concerns On Syrian Refugee Policies

Gov. Dennis Daugaard has joined with other governors from across the country to express concerns about federal policies on Syrian refugees. Read more . . .

Nov 19, 2015

Gov. Daugaard Appoints Jeff Holden As Commissioner Of Bureau Of Administration

Gov. Dennis Daugaard announced today he has appointed Jeff Holden as Commissioner of the South Dakota Bureau of Administration. Read more . . .

Nov 19, 2015

Christmas At The Capitol Tree-Lighting Ceremony

The 2015 Grand Lighting Ceremony for Christmas at the South Dakota Capitol will take place in the rotunda on Tuesday, Nov. 24, at 7 p.m. CST. Read more . . .

Nov 16, 2015

Gov. Daugaard Orders State Capitol Flags Half-Staff For Former State Rep. Louise Van Gerpen

Former state Rep. Louise Van Gerpen passed away on Nov. 13, 2015. Gov. Dennis Daugaard has ordered flags to fly half-staff at the State Capitol on Tuesday, Nov. 17, the date of Van Gerpen’s funeral, in her honor. Read more . . .

Nov 16, 2015

State Capitol Flags To Fly At Half-Staff In Honor Of Chief Vernon Ashley

Gov. Dennis Daugaard has ordered flags lowered to half-staff at the State Capitol on Nov. 17 in honor of Chief Vernon Ashley, a former chairman of the Crow Creek Sioux Tribe. Read more . . .

Nov 15, 2015

President Orders Flags At Half-Staff For Paris Victims

President Obama has called for flags at half-staff, effective immediately, out of respect for the victims whose lives were taken by the violence in Paris, France, on Friday, Nov. 13. Read more . . .

Nov 12, 2015

Gov. Daugaard Appoints Wayne Steinhauer To District 9 House Seat

Gov. Dennis Daugaard announced today that he will appoint Wayne H. Steinhauer of Hartford to the vacant seat in the state House representing District 9. Read more . . .

Nov 12, 2015

Governor Receives Blue Ribbon Task Force Report

Gov. Dennis Daugaard met with Sen. Deb Soholt and Rep. Jacqueline Sly today to receive the final report from the Blue Ribbon Task Force on Teachers and Students. Read more . . .

Nov 10, 2015

Hospitals Sign Dakota Pledge To Reduce Early Elective Deliveries

Less than a year after First Lady Linda Daugaard issued a challenge to hospitals throughout the state, all 24 birthing hospitals in South Dakota have pledged to help reduce early elective deliveries. Read more . . .

Nov 06, 2015

Statement From Gov. Daugaard On Keystone XL

Gov. Dennis Daugaard issued the following statement today in response to President Obama’s rejection of the Keystone XL Pipeline. Read more . . .

Oct 31, 2015

Former First Lady Patricia Farrar Passes Away, Gov. Daugaard Requests Flags At Half-Staff

Patricia Farrar, the wife of former Gov. Frank Farrar, died earlier today in Aberdeen. Mrs. Farrar, 84, was South Dakota’s First Lady from 1969 to 1971. Read more . . .

Oct 28, 2015

Trick-Or-Treaters Invited To Governor’s Mansion

Gov. Dennis Daugaard and First Lady Linda Daugaard invite children to come to trick-or-treat at the Governor’s Mansion on Halloween from 5:30 to 8 p.m. CDT. Read more . . .

Oct 20, 2015

Lt. Governor Visits Electric Boat Facility To Discuss Plans For USS South Dakota

Lt. Gov. Matt Michels today visited the Connecticut facility where the USS South Dakota SSN 790 will be built. At the facility, Michels toured the recently commissioned USS Illinois and met with the ship commander, the chief of the boat and the ship manager who is overseeing construction of the USS South Dakota.. Read more . . .

Oct 20, 2015

Open SD Receives Facelift

The Bureau of Finance and Management has redesigned state government’s transparency website, Open.SD.gov, to make financial data more accessible. Read more . . .

Oct 08, 2015

Governor Seeking Interns For Spring Term

Gov. Dennis Daugaard is currently seeking applications for two spring 2016 Governor’s Office internships in Pierre. The positions will be paid and run from early January through May 2016. Read more . . .

Oct 05, 2015

Media Advisory: Photos

Photos from today’s memorial service at the Capitol in honor of former Gov. Walter Dale Miller are now available on the Governor’s Multimedia Page of the State News website. Read more . . .

Oct 04, 2015

State To Honor Gov. Miller At Capitol Memorial Service Tomorrow

A memorial service for former Gov. Walter Dale Miller will be held at 1 p.m. CDT Monday in the Rotunda of the Capitol Building. Read more . . .

Oct 02, 2015

Gov. Daugaard Introduces Habitat Pays Initiative

SALEM, S.D. – Gov. Dennis Daugaard today announced the launch of a campaign to help South Dakota landowners maintain and improve habitat on their property. Read more . . .

Oct 02, 2015

President Orders Flags At Half-Staff For Roseburg, Oregon, Victims

President Obama has called for flags at half-staff, effective immediately, out of respect for the victims whose lives were taken by the violence at Umpqua Community College in Roseburg, Oregon, on Thursday, Oct. 1. Read more . . .

Oct 01, 2015

Governors Stake Friendly Wager On Dakota Marker Game

Gov. Dennis Daugaard and North Dakota Gov. Jack Dalrymple have staked a friendly wager on the outcome of this weekend’s Dakota Marker football game between South Dakota State University and North Dakota State University. Read more . . .

Oct 01, 2015

State Will Honor Former Gov. Walter Dale Miller On Monday

Public viewing will be allowed from 7 a.m. to 11 a.m. CDT on Monday, Oct. 5, as former Gov. Walter Dale Miller lies in state at the South Dakota Capitol. Read more . . .

Sep 30, 2015

Gov. Daugaard Testifies On Endangered Species Act

Gov. Dennis Daugaard today offered testimony on the Endangered Species Act at a House Natural Resources Committee hearing in Washington, D.C. Read more . . .

Sep 30, 2015

Gov. Miller To Lie In State At South Dakota Capitol

Plans are pending for former Gov. Walter Dale Miller to lie in state at the Rotunda of the Capitol Building on Monday morning, Oct. 5, with a memorial service to follow. Read more . . .

Sep 29, 2015

Gov. Daugaard Discusses Transportation With Federal Lawmakers On Behalf Of Western Governors

Gov. Dennis Daugaard discussed federal transportation funding with members of the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation at a roundtable meeting this morning in Washington, D.C. Read more . . .

Sep 29, 2015

Former Gov. Miller Passes Away, Gov. Daugaard Requests Flags At Half-Staff

Walter Dale Miller, the 29th Governor of South Dakota, passed away last night. Miller, 89, served as governor from 1993 to 1995. Read more . . .

Sep 25, 2015

Environmental Regs: Finding Some Consolation In State Government

In recent years, the EPA has proposed a number of new rules having potential to affect our daily lives. Read more . . .

Sep 10, 2015

Governor Asks For Flags At Half-Staff On 9/11 Anniversary

Gov. Dennis Daugaard is requesting that flags be flown at half-mast tomorrow in observance of Patriot Day. Read more . . .

Sep 03, 2015

Spearfish Capital For A Day Schedule Announced

On Wednesday, Sept. 9, Spearfish will be South Dakota’s Capital for a Day. Read more . . .

Sep 02, 2015

Gov. Daugaard Challenges Board To Raise Habitat Conservation Funds, Pledges To Match Fundraising Goal

Gov. Dennis Daugaard issued a challenge last week to the South Dakota Habitat Conservation Board to raise $1 million more in private money for habitat conservation. The Governor pledged to match the donations for the South Dakota Habitat Conservation Fund with $1 million in state funds, if the group can meet the goal. Read more . . .