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Mar 28, 2017

Oversight Council Releases Juvenile Report, Governor Signs SB 179

Today the Juvenile Justice Public Safety Improvement Act Oversight Council released its first annual report on progress made under Gov. Dennis Daugaard’s juvenile justice reforms. The Oversight Council is the statutorily authorized entity that monitors the juvenile justice reforms. Read more . . .

Mar 24, 2017

Statement From Gov. Daugaard On Keystone XL

Gov. Dennis Daugaard issued the following statement today in response to the State Department’s issuance of a permit for construction of the Keystone XL Pipeline. Read more . . .

Mar 20, 2017

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 . . .

Mar 17, 2017

Gov. Daugaard Vetoes HB 1149

Gov. Dennis Daugaard has vetoed HB 1149, an Act to revise the tax on certain telecommunication services and devices. Read more . . .

Mar 17, 2017

Gov. Daugaard Vetoes HB 1156

Gov. Dennis Daugaard has vetoed HB 1156, an Act to allow a concealed pistol in the capitol with an enhanced concealed pistol permit. Read more . . .

Mar 17, 2017

Gov. Daugaard Vetoes SB 33

Gov. Dennis Daugaard has vetoed SB 33, an Act to revise the state aid to special education formula. Read more . . .

Mar 17, 2017

Gov. Daugaard Vetoes SB 164

Gov. Dennis Daugaard has vetoed SB 164, An Act to revise the length of the maximum probationary period for juvenile probationers and to revise the conditions of a juvenile commitment to the Department of Corrections. Read more . . .

Mar 17, 2017

Gov. Daugaard Vetoes HB 1072

Gov. Dennis Daugaard has vetoed HB 1072, an Act to repeal and revise certain provisions relating to permits to carry a concealed pistol. Read more . . .

Mar 17, 2017

Governor Signs Final Bills Of The Session

Gov. Dennis Daugaard signed the last bills of the 2017 Legislative Session into law today. Read more . . .

Mar 17, 2017

State Animal Health Lab Bill Signed

Gov. Dennis Daugaard signed Senate Bill 172 this morning to fund an upgrade and expansion to the state animal disease research and diagnostic laboratory, located on the campus of South Dakota State University. Read more . . .

Mar 16, 2017

Gov. Daugaard Signs Budget Bills

Gov. Dennis Daugaard today signed the budget bills, which revise the budget for Fiscal Year 2017 and set the budget for Fiscal Year 2018. Read more . . .

Mar 16, 2017

Gov. Daugaard Observes Sunshine Week, Signs Transparency Measure Into Law

A new law that perpetuates open government practices of the Daugaard Administration will soon be added to the books. Gov. Dennis Daugaard this morning signed Senate Bill 116 to institutionalize the state Boards and Commissions Portal, where the public can access public meeting information. Read more . . .

Mar 15, 2017

Gov. Daugaard Signs Bill to Revise Mental Health Procedures in Criminal Justice System

Today, Gov. Dennis Daugaard signed into law House Bill 1183, an act to revise provisions regarding mental health procedures in the criminal justice system. Read more . . .

Mar 15, 2017

Gov. Daugaard Signs Legislation To Combat Meth

Gov. Dennis Daugaard today signed two anti-methamphetamine measures into law: Senate Bill 43 and Senate Bill 117. Read more . . .

Mar 14, 2017

Gov. Daugaard Signs More Bills Into Law

In addition to the Initiated Measure 22 replacement measures, Gov. Dennis Daugaard signed six other bills into law today. Read more . . .

Mar 14, 2017

Gov. Daugaard Signs Additional Measures To Replace IM 22

Gov. Dennis Daugaard today signed four ethics bills to replace concepts of Initiated Measure 22 which were supported by the public. The bills are in addition to the five IM 22 replacement measures signed into law last week. Read more . . .

Mar 14, 2017

State Reaches Settlement With SDRC, Inc.

The State of South Dakota announced today it has settled its two pending civil lawsuits with SDRC, Inc. related to the federal EB-5 program and the South Dakota Regional Center. Read more . . .

Mar 13, 2017

Gov. Daugaard Signs Surplus Land Bills

Gov. Dennis Daugaard this morning signed a package of bills which allow the sale of surplus lands owned by the state. The measures include lands and properties on the STAR Academy, State Veterans Home, and State Training School campuses. Read more . . .

Mar 13, 2017

Gov. Daugaard Signs Public Safety Bill

Gov. Dennis Daugaard this afternoon signed into law Senate Bill 176, an Act to preserve the use of public land, to ensure free travel, to enhance emergency response, and to declare an emergency. The bill which passed with a two-thirds majority last week is effective immediately. Read more . . .

Mar 10, 2017

Gov. Daugaard Signs More Bills Into Law

In addition to the Initiated Measure 22 replacement measures, Gov. Dennis Daugaard signed the following bills into law today, including HB 1001, an Act to revise certain provisions regarding prison or jail population cost estimates. Read more . . .

Mar 10, 2017

Gov. Daugaard Signs IM 22 Replacement Measures

Gov. Dennis Daugaard this morning signed five measures to replace concepts of Initiated Measure 22 which were supported by the public. Read more . . .

Mar 09, 2017

Gov. Daugaard Signs Bills Into Law

Gov. Dennis Daugaard signed the following bills into law today including HB 1077, An Act to provide for the assignment of certain benefits in dental care insurance coverage. Read more . . .

Mar 08, 2017

Gov. Daugaard Signs Bills Into Law

In addition to the buffer strip legislation, Gov. Dennis Daugaard signed the following bills into law today. HB 1053, An Act to revise certain provisions concerning the attorney recruitment assistance program. Read more . . .

Mar 08, 2017

Gov. Daugaard Signs Buffer Strip Legislation

Gov. Dennis Daugaard today signed Senate Bill 66, which incentivizes the establishment of riparian buffer strips on private land. Read more . . .

Mar 06, 2017

Gov. Daugaard Signs Bills Into Law

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

Mar 03, 2017

Gov. Daugaard Holds Legislative Press Conference

Gov. Dennis Daugaard held his final press conference of the legislative session at the Capitol on Thursday. Read more . . .

Mar 02, 2017

Gov. Daugaard Signs Bills Into Law

Gov. Dennis Daugaard signed the following bills into law this afternoon. Read more . . .

Mar 01, 2017

Gov. Daugaard Offers Testimony On Rural Infrastructure

Gov. Dennis Daugaard today offered testimony on rural infrastructure at a U.S. Senate Commerce Committee hearing in Washington, D.C, led by Sen. John Thune. Read more . . .

Feb 24, 2017

Gov. Daugaard Names Scott Bollinger BOA Commissioner

Gov. Dennis Daugaard announced today that he will appoint Scott Bollinger of Pierre to serve as commissioner of the Bureau of Administration. Read more . . .

Feb 24, 2017

Lt. Governor Holds Legislative Press Conference

Lt. Gov. Matt Michels held a legislative press conference at the Capitol on Friday. In the press briefing, the Lt. Governor spoke of the Governor’s participation in National Governor’s Association events in Washington, D.C., health care reform and public safety zones. Read more . . .

Feb 23, 2017

Gov. Daugaard Signs Nurse Practitioner Bill

Gov. Dennis Daugaard has signed a bill relating to licensure of nurse practitioners and nurse midwives into law. Read more . . .

Feb 23, 2017

Gov. Daugaard Signs Tech School Board Bill

Gov. Dennis Daugaard today signed into law Senate Bill 65, An Act to establish the South Dakota Board of Technical Education and to revise certain provisions regarding career and technical education and postsecondary technical institutes. Read more . . .

Feb 21, 2017

Holden Departs As Commissioner Of State Bureau Of Administration

Gov. Dennis Daugaard announced today that Jeff Holden, the Commissioner of the South Dakota Bureau of Administration, is retiring from state government. Read more . . .

Feb 17, 2017

Gov. Daugaard Signs Bills Into Law

Gov. Dennis Daugaard signed the following bills into law this morning. HB 1007, An Act to revise certain provisions regarding inspection affidavits for amusement rides. Read more . . .

Feb 16, 2017

Annual Criminal Justice Reform Report Released

The Public Safety Improvement Act Oversight Council has released its annual report on progress made under Gov. Dennis Daugaard’s criminal justice reforms. The Governor announced the release of the report at his legislative press conference today. Read more . . .

Feb 15, 2017

Gov. Daugaard Signs Bills Into Law

Gov. Dennis Daugaard signed the following bills into law this afternoon. Read more . . .

Feb 13, 2017

Former Congressman Clint Roberts Passes Away

Clint Roberts, a former member of the U.S. House of Representatives from South Dakota, died last night in Pierre. Roberts, 82, represented South Dakota’s second congressional district in the U.S. House from 1981 to 1983. Read more . . .

Feb 09, 2017

Gov. Daugaard Signs More Bills Into Law

In addition to the South Dakota Retirement System bills, Gov. Dennis Daugaard signed the following bills into law today. Read more . . .

Feb 09, 2017

Gov. Daugaard Signs Retirement System Bills

At his weekly press conference today, Gov. Dennis Daugaard announced that he has signed House Bill 1016, a retirement system measure, into law. Read more . . .

Feb 06, 2017

Governor’s Surplus Land Bills Introduced

Gov. Dennis Daugaard has introduced a package of bills to allow for the sale of surplus lands owned by the state. The measures include lands and properties on the STAR Academy, State Veterans Home, and State Training School campuses. Read more . . .

Feb 03, 2017

Governor Signs Bills Into Law

Gov. Dennis Daugaard signed the following bills into law today: HB 1048, An Act to exempt natural hair braiding from the practice of cosmetology. Read more . . .

Feb 02, 2017

State Animal Health Lab Bill Introduced

The Senate Appropriations Committee today introduced a bill on behalf of Gov. Dennis Daugaard to fund an upgrade and expansion to the state animal disease research and diagnostic laboratory. Located on the campus of South Dakota State University, the facility serves as the state animal health laboratory. Read more . . .

Feb 02, 2017

Governor Signs House Bill 1069

Gov. Dennis Daugaard has signed House Bill 1069, An Act to repeal and revise certain provisions related to campaign finance and to declare an emergency. This bill repeals Initiated Measure 22. Read more . . .

Feb 01, 2017

Gov. Daugaard Signs First Bill Of The Session

Gov. Dennis Daugaard this afternoon signed the first bill of the 2017 Legislative Session into law. The piece of legislation, House Bill 1006, clarifies the timeline for posting notices for public meetings. Read more . . .

Jan 26, 2017

No Entrance Fees For Spearfish Canyon State Park

Entrance fees are no longer being considered for the proposed Spearfish Canyon State Park, Gov. Dennis Daugaard announced at his weekly legislative press conference this morning. Read more . . .

Jan 25, 2017

Gov. Daugaard Appoints Marli Wiese To District 8 House Seat

Gov. Dennis Daugaard announced today that he will appoint Marli Wiese of Madison to the South Dakota State House of Representatives. Wiese will be sworn in as a state representative on Tuesday, Jan. 31. Read more . . .

Jan 24, 2017

Governor Seeking Interns For The Summer

Gov. Dennis Daugaard is currently seeking applications for a summer 2017 Governor’s Office Internship in Pierre. The position will be paid and run from early May through August 2017. Read more . . .

Jan 23, 2017

Governor’s Statement on Rep. Wollmann’s Resignation

Gov. Dennis Daugaard issued the following statement today regarding the resignation of District 8 Rep. Matthew Wollmann. Read more . . .

Jan 23, 2017

Lt. Governor Holds Legislative Press Conference

Lt. Gov. Matt Michels held a legislative press conference at the Capitol on Friday. In the press briefing, the Lt. Governor spoke of the peaceful transition of power in Washington, D.C., and South Dakota’s priorities for federal health care reform. Read more . . .

Jan 20, 2017

South Dakota Officials Weigh In On National Health Care Debate

South Dakota state officials are weighing in on the national health care debate. Gov. Dennis Daugaard, the Department of Social Services and the Division of Insurance provided input at the request of federal lawmakers this month on how Medicaid, insurance regulations and IHS can be improved. Read more . . .