Press Releases

May 22, 2015

Governor Requests Flags At Half-Staff On Memorial Day

Gov. Dennis Daugaard asks that flags be flown at half-staff on the morning of Memorial Day, Monday, May 25, in observance of fallen military service members. Read more . . .

May 14, 2015

Gov. Daugaard Requests Flags At Half-Staff On May 15

President Barack Obama has proclaimed Friday, May 15, 2015, as Peace Officers Memorial Day and the period of May 10 through May 16, 2015, as Police Week. Read more . . .

May 08, 2015

Custer State Park Visitor Center Receives Lloyd And Beverly Paulson Family Donation

Today Gov. Dennis Daugaard announced that the South Dakota Parks and Wildlife Foundation has been awarded a $1 million gift by the Beverly and Lloyd Paulson Family Donor Advised Fund of the Black Hills Area Community Foundation. Read more . . .

May 07, 2015

Gov. Daugaard Appoints Carmen Means As Third Circuit Judge

Gov. Dennis Daugaard announced today that he will appoint Magistrate Judge Carmen A. Means as a circuit court judge in South Dakota’s Third Circuit Court in Watertown. Read more . . .

May 06, 2015

Milbank To Be Capital For A Day

Gov. Dennis Daugaard announced today that Milbank has been chosen to be South Dakota’s Capital for a Day on Thursday, June 11. Read more . . .

May 06, 2015

Gov. Daugaard Appoints Pat Pardy As Third Circuit Judge

Gov. Dennis Daugaard announced today that he will appoint Pat Pardy as a circuit court judge in South Dakota’s Third Circuit Court in Madison. Read more . . .

May 06, 2015

Gov. Daugaard To Appoint Fiegen To District 25 State Senate Seat

Gov. Dennis Daugaard announced today that he will appoint Scott Fiegen of Dell Rapids to the vacant seat in the state Senate representing District 25. Fiegen will succeed Sen. Tim Rave, who resigned earlier this year. Read more . . .

May 04, 2015

S&P Upgrades South Dakota To AAA Issuer Credit Rating

Gov. Dennis Daugaard announced today that Standard & Poor’s has upgraded South Dakota’s issuer credit rating to AAA with a stable outlook. Read more . . .

May 01, 2015

Governor’s Mansion Tours To Resume

The fifth season of free weekly tours at the South Dakota Governor’s Mansion will begin next month. Read more . . .

Apr 30, 2015

Gov. Daugaard To Appoint Shorma To District 16 State Senate Seat

Gov. Dennis Daugaard announced today that he will appoint William J. Shorma to the vacant seat in the state Senate representing District 16. Shorma will succeed Sen. Dan Lederman, who resigned earlier this year. Read more . . .

Apr 20, 2015

Former State Senator Walter C. Conahan Dies

Former South Dakota state senator Walter C. Conahan died Saturday, April 18, at his home in Sioux Falls. Read more . . .

Apr 15, 2015

Governor Requests Flags At Half-Staff On Sunday To Honor Fallen Firefighter

Gov. Dennis Daugaard asks that all flags in the state be flown at half-staff on Sunday, April 19, from 8 a.m. until sunset, in honor of Valley Springs firefighter Steven Ackerman. Read more . . .

Apr 14, 2015

President Requests Flags At Half Staff On Wednesday

President Obama has declared Wednesday, April 15, as a Day of Remembrance for President Abraham Lincoln, who was assassinated 150 years ago. Read more . . .

Apr 14, 2015

Governor Announces Members of Native American Student Achievement Advisory Council

Gov. Dennis Daugaard today announced members of the Native American Student Achievement Advisory Council. Read more . . .

Apr 10, 2015

Gov. Daugaard Appoints Jane Wipf Pfeifle As Seventh Circuit Judge

Gov. Dennis Daugaard today announced that he will appoint Jane Wipf Pfeifle (FY’-flee) of Rapid City as a circuit court judge in South Dakota’s Seventh Circuit Court. Read more . . .

Apr 10, 2015

First Lady's Column: Some Advice For New Parents

Much has changed for Dennis and me in the last five years. Moving from Dell Rapids to Pierre to serve as governor and first lady has been quite the adventure. Read more . . .

Apr 06, 2015

Gov. Daugaard Appoints Lamphere As Artist Laureate

Gov. Dennis Daugaard has issued an executive order naming South Dakota artist Dale Lamphere of Sturgis as South Dakota’s Artist Laureate. Read more . . .

Apr 02, 2015

Daugaards Invite Families To Attend Annual Easter Egg Hunt

The Governor and First Lady are inviting families to take part in the 62nd Annual Elks Easter Egg Hunt on the Governor’s residence lawn at 1 p.m. CDT on Easter. Read more . . .

Apr 01, 2015

Governor Proclaims Oglala Lakota County Name Change

Following voter approval and a resolution from the Legislature, Gov. Dennis Daugaard has proclaimed that Shannon County be renamed as Oglala Lakota County. Read more . . .

Apr 01, 2015

Senate Majority Leader Rave To Resign -- Governor Invites Public Input

State Sen. Tim Rave has announced his resignation from the South Dakota State Senate. Rave, a Baltic Republican who serves as senate majority leader, is resigning to accept a position with Sanford Health as enterprise vice president for public policy. Read more . . .

Mar 30, 2015

Sen. Lederman Resigns -- Governor Invites Public Input

State Sen. Dan Lederman has resigned his seat in the South Dakota State Senate. Lederman, a Dakota Dunes Republican, also serves as assistant majority leader. Read more . . .

Mar 24, 2015

Gov. Daugaard’s Statement On PRTC Expansion

Gov. Dennis Daugaard issued the following statement today commending the Federal Aviation Administration’s decision to approve the Air Force’s expansion of the Powder River Training Complex. Read more . . .

Mar 23, 2015

Gov. Daugaard To Appoint Jim Morgan To Board Of Regents

Gov. Dennis Daugaard announced today that he will appoint Jim Morgan of Brookings to the South Dakota Board of Regents. Read more . . .

Mar 20, 2015

Gov. Daugaard Vetoes SB 159

Gov. Dennis Daugaard has vetoed SB 159, an Act to exempt certain amateur sports coaches from sales and use tax. Read more . . .

Mar 20, 2015

Gov. Daugaard Vetoes SB 136

Gov. Dennis Daugaard has vetoed SB 136, an Act to exclude certain municipal taxes from the gross receipts used to determine the tax liability for customers served by electric cooperatives and electric utilities. Read more . . .

Mar 20, 2015

Gov. Daugaard Vetoes SB 100

Gov. Dennis Daugaard has vetoed SB 100, an Act to create a leased residential property classification. Read more . . .

Mar 20, 2015

Governor Signs Final Bills Of 2015 Legislative Session

Gov. Dennis Daugaard signed the last bills from the 2015 Legislative Session into law today. Read more . . .

Mar 19, 2015

Gov. Daugaard Signs More Bills Into Law

In addition to the Opportunity Scholarship and budget bills, Gov. Dennis Daugaard signed 17 other bills into law today. Read more . . .

Mar 19, 2015

Governor Signs Opportunity Scholarship Bill

Today Gov. Dennis Daugaard signed House Bill 1147 to increase the amount of the South Dakota Opportunity Scholarship. Read more . . .

Mar 19, 2015

Gov. Daugaard Signs Budget Bill

Gov. Dennis Daugaard today signed the General Appropriations Act, which sets the budget for Fiscal Year 2016. Read more . . .

Mar 18, 2015

Gov. Daugaard Makes Initial Appointments To Blue Ribbon Task Force On Teachers And Students

Gov. Dennis Daugaard today announced initial appointments to the Blue Ribbon Task Force on Teachers and Students. Read more . . .

Mar 17, 2015

Gov. Daugaard Signs Road And Bridge Funding Bill

Gov. Dennis Daugaard today signed Senate Bill 1, a comprehensive state and local road and bridge funding package. Read more . . .

Mar 13, 2015

Gov. Daugaard Signs More Bills Into Law

Gov. Dennis Daugaard signed a number of bills today, including HB 1185, an Act to make an appropriation for property and casualty loss coverage, to establish the property and casualty captive insurance company fund for state properties, and to declare an emergency. Read more . . .

Mar 12, 2015

Gov. Daugaard Signs More Bills Into Law

Gov. Dennis Daugaard signed a number of bills into law today, including HB 1145, An Act to revise certain provisions regarding the payment of salary and compensation to legislators. Read more . . .

Mar 12, 2015

Gov. Daugaard Signs Bill To Reform Juvenile Justice System

Building on the success of earlier reforms to the adult corrections system, Gov. Dennis Daugaard today signed into law legislation to reform South Dakota’s juvenile justice system. Read more . . .

Mar 11, 2015

Gov. Daugaard Signs Bills Into Law

Gov. Dennis Daugaard signed 33 bills into law today including HB 1058, an Act to revise certain provisions regarding contagious disease control quarantine measures. Read more . . .

Mar 10, 2015

Gov. Daugaard Signs Bills Into Law

Gov. Dennis Daugaard signed 35 bills into law today, including SB 57, an Act to authorize and regulate the playing of craps, roulette, and keno within the city limits of the city of Deadwood. Read more . . .

Mar 04, 2015

Gov. Daugaard Signs Bills Into Law

Gov. Dennis Daugaard signed six bills into law today including HB 1055, an Act to repeal certain outdated and unnecessary statutes and administrative rules related to the Department of Agriculture. Read more . . .

Feb 27, 2015

South Dakota Releases Comprehensive Annual Financial Report

Gov. Dennis Daugaard today announced the Bureau of Finance and Management’s release of the South Dakota Comprehensive Annual Financial Report (CAFR) for Fiscal Year 2014. Read more . . .

Feb 26, 2015

Gov. Daugaard Signs Bills Into Law

Gov. Dennis Daugaard signed 12 bills into law today, including HB 1051, An Act to revise various trust and trust company provisions. Read more . . .

Feb 24, 2015

Gov. Daugaard Signs Bills Into Law

Gov. Dennis Daugaard signed 24 bills into law today including HB 1006, an Act to allow bullheads to be used as bait. Read more . . .

Feb 19, 2015

Gov. Daugaard Signs Bills Into Law

Gov. Dennis Daugaard has signed the following bills into law: SB 14 – An Act to provide for the possession and administration of opioid antagonists by first responders for the treatment of drug overdoses. Read more . . .

Feb 17, 2015

Board Announces Programs Eligible For Build Dakota Scholarship

Today the Build Dakota Scholarship Board announced the 54 program options within eight, high-need industry areas that will be covered in the first year of the scholarship program. Read more . . .

Feb 12, 2015

Governors Urge President Obama To Reconsider Keystone XL

Gov. Dennis Daugaard has joined with other governors from across the country to urge President Obama to reconsider his decision to veto the Keystone XL pipeline bill. Read more . . .

Feb 12, 2015

Governor Signs More Bills Into Law

Gov. Dennis Daugaard signed the following bills into law today: SB 12 – An Act to allow the spouse of an active duty military person to qualify as a resident for a temporary permit to carry a concealed pistol. Read more . . .

Feb 10, 2015

Governor Establishing Council To Study Indian Education

Gov. Dennis Daugaard and the state’s tribal leaders are joining together to improve the achievement levels and graduation rates of Native American students. Read more . . .

Feb 10, 2015

Governor Makes Appointment To Board Of Economic Development

Gov. Dennis Daugaard has appointed Tom Jones of Viborg to the Board of Economic Development. Jones is a former Democratic state legislator who represented District 17 in both the House and Senate chambers. Read more . . .

Feb 09, 2015

Governor Signs More Bills Into Law

Gov. Dennis Daugaard has signed the following bills into law: SB 23 – An Act to revise certain provisions regarding the ownership and management of the South Dakota Art Museum. Read more . . .

Feb 09, 2015

Governor Signs Repealer Bills

Gov. Dennis Daugaard today signed five bills to decrease red tape in state government. Read more . . .

Feb 04, 2015

Governor Signs First Bill Of Legislative Session Into Law

Gov. Dennis Daugaard today signed the first bill of the 2015 Legislative Session into law. The piece of legislation, Senate Bill 28, authorizes the Board of Regents to sell a parcel of property on the South Dakota State University campus to the City of Brookings. Read more . . .