Press Releases

Apr 15, 2014

Governor Invites Communities to Celebrate 125 Years of Statehood

Gov. Dennis Daugaard is inviting communities to plan events to commemorate South Dakota’s 125th anniversary of statehood this year. Read more . . .

Apr 15, 2014

Daugaards Invite Families To Attend Annual Easter Egg Hunt

The Governor and First Lady are inviting families to take part in the 61st Annual Elks Easter Egg Hunt on the Governor’s residence lawn at 1 p.m. CDT on Easter. Read more . . .

Apr 09, 2014

Gov. Daugaard’s Workforce Summits Announced

Gov. Dennis Daugaard will host six Workforce Summits across South Dakota. Read more . . .

Apr 03, 2014

Gov. Daugaard Extends Capital For A Day Invitations

Gov. Dennis Daugaard is extending an invitation to communities across the state to apply to be South Dakota’s Capital for a Day. Read more . . .

Apr 02, 2014

Career Camps Website Launching Today

A state career camps website is being launched today to inform students of camp opportunities around the state. Read more . . .

Mar 28, 2014

Gov. Daugaard Signs Statewide Texting While Driving Ban

Gov. Dennis Daugaard has signed HB 1177, “An Act to prohibit certain use of handheld electronic wireless communication devices while driving and to provide a penalty therefor.” Read more . . .

Mar 28, 2014

Governor Signs Final Bills Of 2014 Legislative Session

Gov. Dennis Daugaard signed the last bills from the 2014 Legislative Session into law today: SB 1 – An Act to provide for the selection of the chair and vice chair of the Executive Board of the Legislative Research Council. Read more . . .

Mar 26, 2014

Governor Signs Telecommunications Services Bill

Gov. Dennis Daugaard has signed House Bill 1166, “An Act to revise the telecommunications services program to include current and developing technology,” into law. Read more . . .

Mar 26, 2014

Governor Signs Several More Bills Into Law

Gov. Dennis Daugaard signed the following bills into law today: SB 26 – An Act to establish certain electronic crime victim notification procedures. Read more . . .

Mar 24, 2014

Governor Signs Several More Bills Into Law

Gov. Dennis Daugaard signed the following bills into law today: SB 13 – An Act to make use of hand-held mobile telephones while driving a commercial motor vehicle a serious traffic violation and to update certain references to federal regulations regarding the issuance of commercial driver licenses. Read more . . .

Mar 14, 2014

Governor Signs Several More Bills Into Law

Gov. Dennis Daugaard signed the following bills into law today: HB 1013 – An Act to authorize the South Dakota Building Authority to finance the construction of improvement in the state park system for the Department of Game, Fish and Parks and to declare an emergency. Read more . . .

Mar 13, 2014

Governor Signs Insurance Consumer Protection Bills

Gov. Dennis Daugaard today signed House Bill 1054, “An Act to establish consumer protection standards regarding certain insurance claim practices and to provide for certain penalties.” Read more . . .

Mar 12, 2014

Governor Signs Several More Bills Into Law

Gov. Dennis Daugaard signed the following bills into law today: SB 4 – An Act to ensure notice to the respondent and opportunity for the respondent to be heard prior to enforcement of certain foreign domestic protection orders. Read more . . .

Mar 11, 2014

Gov. Daugaard Vetoes SB 98

Gov. Dennis Daugaard has vetoed the following bill: SB 98 – An Act to allow certain municipalities to charge a higher occupational tax. Read more . . .

Mar 10, 2014

Governor Signs Several More Bills Into Law

Gov. Dennis Daugaard signed the following bills into law today: SB 5 – An Act to permit the court reciprocal discretion to hear certain petitions for protection orders due to domestic abuse and for protection orders due to stalking or physical injury. Read more . . .

Mar 07, 2014

Governor Signs Several More Bills Into Law

Gov. Dennis Daugaard has signed the following bills into law: SB 12 – An Act to update references to certain federal motor carrier regulations. Read more . . .

Mar 07, 2014

SD Parks and Wildlife Receives Helmsley Charitable Trust Grant

Today Gov. Dennis Daugaard announced that the South Dakota Parks and Wildlife Foundation (SDPWF) has been awarded a $1 million grant by The Leona M. and Harry B. Helmsley Charitable Trust. Read more . . .

Mar 06, 2014

Governor Requests Designation Of Treatment Areas In Black Hills

Last week, Gov. Dennis Daugaard sent a request to U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack asking for designation of an insect and disease treatment area in the Black Hills to help address mountain pine beetle infestation. Read more . . .

Mar 06, 2014

State Of South Dakota To Incorporate E15 Into State Fleet, Fuel Sites

Gov. Dennis Daugaard announced today that the state will begin incorporating E15 fuel into its state vehicle fleet. Read more . . .

Mar 06, 2014

Gov. Daugaard: State Is Monitoring Potential For Missouri River Flooding

Gov. Dennis Daugaard has directed state emergency officials to work with federal and local entities to assess the potential for Missouri River flooding this year. Read more . . .

Mar 04, 2014

March 15 Deadline For New Homeowners To Receive Property Tax Reduction

Individuals who have moved into a new or different home over the last year have until Saturday, March 15, to file for the owner-occupied, single-family dwelling certificate to be eligible for a property tax reduction. Read more . . .

Mar 03, 2014

Governor Signs More Bills

Gov. Dennis Daugaard signed the following bills into law today: HB 1095 – An Act to revise and clarify certain provisions relating to municipal officers. Read more . . .

Feb 28, 2014

Governor Signs Several More Bills Into Law

Gov. Dennis Daugaard has signed the following bills into law: HB 1021 – An Act to provide for judicial review of Board of Regents decisions involving student discipline and residency classification. Read more . . .

Feb 25, 2014

Governor Signs More Bills Into Law

Gov. Dennis Daugaard signed the following bills into law today: HB 1056 – An Act to repeal certain provisions regarding the taxation, the licensing and the regulation of motor vehicles. Read more . . .

Feb 20, 2014

Governor Signs More Bills Into Law

Gov. Dennis Daugaard has signed more bills into law Read more . . .

Feb 18, 2014

Display At Capitol To Mark Milestone In State’s 125th Anniversary Year

Historic artifacts and exhibits will be on display in the state Capitol Building in Pierre on Friday, Feb. 21, to mark the passage of the Enabling Act of 1889. Read more . . .

Feb 18, 2014

Governor Signs More Bills Into Law

Gov. Dennis Daugaard signed the following bills into law today: Read more . . .

Feb 14, 2014

Governor Will Not Oppose CP’s Sale To G&W

Gov. Dennis Daugaard expressed he would not oppose the sale of the Dakota, Minnesota and Eastern (DM&E) to the Genessee & Wyoming (G&W) in a letter sent to the Surface Transportation Board (STB) on Wednesday, Feb. 12. Read more . . .

Feb 13, 2014

Governor Releases Auditor General’s Report On Economic Development Office

Gov. Dennis Daugaard today released the results of an independent audit of the Governor’s Office of Economic Development (GOED). Read more . . .

Feb 12, 2014

Governor Signs More Bills Into Law

Gov. Dennis Daugaard signed the following bills into law today: Read more . . .

Feb 10, 2014

Governor Signs First Bills Of Legislative Session Into Law

Gov. Dennis Daugaard signed the first bills of the Eighty-Ninth Legislative Session today. Read more . . .

Feb 07, 2014

Gov. Daugaard Names Lynne Valenti To Lead Department Of Social Services

Gov. Dennis Daugaard today announced that he will name Lynne Valenti of Pierre as the Secretary of the Department of Social Services. Read more . . .

Feb 05, 2014

Governor Awards Grants To Career And Technical Education Programs

Gov. Dennis Daugaard announced today the recipients of the Governor’s Grants for Career & Technical Education. Twelve school districts will receive a combined total of over $8.5 million through these grants. Read more . . .

Jan 30, 2014

Governor Releases Initial Auditors’ Findings On Economic Development Office

Gov. Dennis Daugaard today released the results of two separate, independent reviews into the Governor’s Office of Economic Development (GOED). Read more . . .

Jan 27, 2014

Governor Seeking Interns for Summer Term

Gov. Dennis Daugaard is currently seeking applications for two summer 2014 Governor’s Office Internships in Pierre. The positions will be paid and run from May to September 2014. Read more . . .

Jan 13, 2014

Gov. Daugaard Appoints Alan Solano To District 32 Senate Seat

Gov. Dennis Daugaard announced today that he will appoint Alan Solano of Rapid City to the South Dakota State Senate. Read more . . .

Jan 13, 2014

Governor Makes Appointments To Game, Fish And Parks Commission

Gov. Dennis Daugaard has appointed Scott Phillips of Hereford and Paul Dennert of Columbia to the South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks (GFP) Commission. Read more . . .

Jan 09, 2014

Governor Makes Appointments To State Board of Medical And Osteopathic Examiners

Gov. Dennis Daugaard has appointed Dr. Laurie Landeen of Sioux Falls and Deb Bowman of Pierre to the State Board of Medical and Osteopathic Examiners. Read more . . .

Jan 07, 2014

Pheasant Habitat Work Group Members Selected

Gov. Dennis Daugaard today announced the members of a work group tasked with examining strategies for developing pheasant habitat in South Dakota. Read more . . .

Jan 02, 2014

Canadian Pacific Announces Sale Of Former DM&E Line After Surface Transportation Board Decision

The Canadian Pacific (CP) railway announced today that it will sell the former Dakota, Minnesota & Eastern (DM&E) rail line, west of Tracy, Minn., to Genesee & Wyoming, a New York-based rail company that is the nation’s largest operator of short line rails. Read more . . .

Dec 30, 2013

A Statement From Gov. Dennis Daugaard On The Resignation Of Sen. Stan Adelstein

"I spoke to Sen. Adelstein earlier today, and I am sorry that his health requires him to step down. Sen. Adelstein has had a long career in public service and as a business and community leader, and I wish him a speedy recovery." Read more . . .

Dec 23, 2013

Final Day For Viewing Capitol Christmas Trees Is Dec. 28

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

Dec 19, 2013

Gov. Daugaard To Name Kim Malsam-Rysdon As Senior Advisor

Gov. Dennis Daugaard announced today that Kim Malsam-Rysdon will join his staff as senior advisor to the Governor and as a member of the Governor’s Executive Committee. Read more . . .

Dec 19, 2013

Governor Makes Appointments To Transportation Commission

Gov. Dennis Daugaard has appointed Tim Dougherty of Sioux Falls and Larry Thompson of Mitchell to the South Dakota Transportation Commission. Read more . . .

Dec 17, 2013

Gov. Daugaard Appoints Chuck Jones To District 8 Senate Seat

Gov. Dennis Daugaard announced today that he will appoint Chuck Jones of Flandreau to the South Dakota State Senate. Jones will represent District 8, filling the vacancy caused by the resignation of Sen. Russell Olson. Read more . . .

Dec 17, 2013

Governor Asks South Dakotans To Consider Giving The Gift Of Life This Holiday Season

Gov. Dennis Daugaard is encouraging South Dakotans to consider registering as an organ, eye and tissue donor this holiday season. Read more . . .

Dec 06, 2013

Gov. Daugaard Names Hultman To Lead Department Of Labor And Regulation

Gov. Dennis Daugaard announced today that he will appoint Marcia Hultman to serve as Secretary of the Department of Labor and Regulation. Read more . . .

Dec 06, 2013

Governor Asks For Flags At Half-Staff In Remembrance Of Nelson Mandela

The White House has issued a proclamation to honor the life of Nelson Mandela. Read more . . .

Dec 06, 2013

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

President Obama has called for flags to be flown at half-staff from 8 a.m. until sunset on Saturday, Dec. 7, in observance of National Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day. Read more . . .

Dec 04, 2013

Gov. Daugaard Names Rick Sommers As Fifth Circuit Judge

Gov. Dennis Daugaard announced today that he will appoint Rick Sommers of Aberdeen as a circuit judge in South Dakota’s Fifth Judicial Circuit. Read more . . .