Press Releases

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 . . .

Feb 03, 2015

Governor Seeking Interns For Summer Term

Gov. Dennis Daugaard is currently seeking applications for two summer 2015 Governor’s Office Internships in Pierre. The positions will be paid and run from early May through September 2015. Read more . . .

Jan 28, 2015

Gov. Daugaard And Secretary Bergquist Offer Testimony To Senate EPW Committee

South Dakota Secretary of Transportation Darin Bergquist appeared in front of the U.S. Senate Environment and Public Works Committee today to testify on the need for a long-term federal transportation funding bill. Read more . . .

Jan 26, 2015

Gov. Daugaard Names Kim Malsam-Rysdon As Secretary Of Health

Gov. Dennis Daugaard announced today that he will appoint Kim Malsam-Rysdon as Secretary of Health. Read more . . .

Jan 20, 2015

Governor Unveils Juvenile Justice Legislation

Building on the success of earlier reforms to the adult corrections system, Gov. Dennis Daugaard last week unveiled legislation designed to improve outcomes for youth in South Dakota’s juvenile justice system and cut costs. Read more . . .

Jan 16, 2015

Bureau of Finance and Management Releases Three Long-Term Financial Plans

At the request of Governor Daugaard, the South Dakota Bureau of Finance and Management (BFM) has released three long-term financial plans. Read more . . .

Jan 08, 2015

Governor Makes Appointments to Board of Education

Gov. Dennis Daugaard has appointed Deb Shephard of Watertown and has reappointed Don Kirkegaard of Sturgis to the South Dakota Board of Education. Read more . . .

Jan 08, 2015

Matching Funds Awarded To Communities For Workforce Plans

Gov. Dennis Daugaard has awarded nearly $1 million in matching funds to help communities across the state take an active role in addressing their own workforce issues. Read more . . .

Jan 07, 2015

Inaugural Ticket Sales Close Friday

Those interested in attending the 2015 Inaugural celebration just have a couple days left to purchase tickets. Read more . . .

Jan 07, 2015

Governor Announces Build Dakota Scholarship Board Appointments

Gov. Dennis Daugaard has appointed members to the board that will administer the Build Dakota Scholarship Program, which was announced last month. Read more . . .

Jan 06, 2015

Gov. Daugaard Unveils Boards And Commissions Portal

As part of his mission to streamline government and promote openness, Gov. Dennis Daugaard announced on Tuesday the launch of a state Boards and Commissions Portal. Read more . . .

Dec 29, 2014

Gov. Daugaard To Appoint John Bastian To Board Of Regents

Gov. Dennis Daugaard today announced that he will appoint John W. Bastian, of Belle Fourche, to the South Dakota Board of Regents. Read more . . .

Dec 23, 2014

Kelly Hepler Selected As GFP Secretary

PIERRE, S.D. – Gov. Dennis Daugaard announced today he has selected Kelly Hepler to serve as the next secretary of the South Dakota Department of Game, Fish and Parks (GFP). Read more . . .

Dec 23, 2014

Final Day For Viewing Capitol Christmas Trees Dec. 27

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

Dec 19, 2014

Christmas Comes Early In South Dakota

The Christmas season is a time of giving. We give of our time to volunteer for worthy causes. We give of our money through donations to charitable efforts. And of course, we give Christmas gifts to our loved ones. Read more . . .

Dec 17, 2014

State Partners With Denny Sanford To Establish “Build Dakota” Workforce Scholarship Program At Technical Institutes

Gov. Dennis Daugaard today announced that the state of South Dakota will partner with South Dakota businessman and philanthropist T. Denny Sanford to establish a the Build Dakota scholarship program, which will offer full scholarships for students entering high-need workforce programs at in-state technical institutes. Read more . . .

Dec 16, 2014

Public-Private Partnerships Result In $56 Million Investment In SD Rail

Gov. Dennis Daugaard announced today that a total of $56 million in public and private funds will be invested in four rail projects across the state. Read more . . .

Dec 15, 2014

McKie Family Donates $1 Million For New South Dakota Monument

PIERRE, S.D. – Gov. Dennis Daugaard today announced the donation of a major work of art intended to honor the people of South Dakota during the state’s 125th anniversary year. Read more . . .

Dec 05, 2014

Inaugural Schedule Released

The 2015 South Dakota inaugural ceremonies and celebration are set for Jan. 10. Tickets for the events go on sale Monday, Dec. 8, 2014. Read more . . .

Dec 05, 2014

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 Sunday, Dec. 7, in observance of National Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day. Read more . . .

Dec 01, 2014

State Releases Plans To Improve Juvenile Justice System, Reduce Costs

The South Dakota Juvenile Justice Reinvestment Initiative (JJRI) Work Group submitted to state leaders today a comprehensive set of data-driven policy recommendations on the juvenile justice system for the upcoming legislative session. Read more . . .

Nov 26, 2014

Former Legislator Ralph Nachtigal Dies

PIERRE, S.D. – Former South Dakota legislator Ralph Nachtigal died Saturday, Nov. 22. Read more . . .