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May 22, 2019

Noem Requests Presidential Disaster Declaration for Winter Weather, Flooding Damage

Governor Kristi Noem today requested a Presidential Disaster Declaration to help South Dakotans and local governmental entities recover from property damage sustained during the statewide winter weather and flooding this spring. Read more . . .

May 22, 2019

U.S. Department of Commerce Invests to Provide High-Speed Research Computing for Business Growth in SD Opportunity Zone

Today, U.S. Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross announced that the Department’s Economic Development Administration (EDA) is awarding a $1.46 million grant to Dakota State University in Madison, South Dakota, to help establish a high speed research network. The investment, located in a Tax Cuts and Jobs Act designated Opportunity Zone, will be matched with $1.46 million in local funds. Read more . . .

May 21, 2019

Noem Announces Interim Secretary of Social Services

Governor Kristi Noem today announced that Amy Iversen-Pollreisz will serve as Interim Secretary of Social Services. This follows the resignation of current Secretary of Social Services Greg DeSautel, which is effective May 22. Read more . . .

May 16, 2019

Noem to Speak at DAV Convention

Governor Kristi Noem will speak at the Disabled American Veterans Convention in Sioux Falls on Friday, May 17. Read more . . .

May 15, 2019

South Dakota Maintains Highest Credit Rating

This week, both Standard & Poor’s Global (S&P) and Moody’s Investors Service announced they have reaffirmed South Dakota’s AAA Issuer Credit Rating with a stable outlook. Read more . . .

May 09, 2019

Rechtenbaugh Named Permanent Secretary of Human Services

Gov. Kristi Noem announced that Shawnie Rechtenbaugh has been appointed as the permanent Secretary of the Department of Human Services (DHS). Read more . . .

May 07, 2019

Noem Names Jones as Permanent Secretary of Education

Governor Kristi Noem today announced that Dr. Ben Jones has been appointed as the permanent Secretary of Education. Read more . . .

May 07, 2019

Fourth of July Fireworks Celebration Making a Return to Mount Rushmore in 2020

Governor Kristi Noem today announced that following several months of meetings and discussions, the State of South Dakota and the U.S. Department of the Interior have agreed to bring fireworks back to Mount Rushmore National Memorial beginning with the 2020 Independence Day celebration. Read more . . .

May 02, 2019

Secretary of Social Services Announces Resignation

Governor Kristi Noem has accepted the resignation of Secretary of Social Services Greg DeSautel. The resignation is effective May 22. Read more . . .

May 01, 2019

Noem To Appoint Marlette As Adjutant General

Governor Kristi Noem announced today the appointment of Brigadier General Jeffery P. Marlette to serve as the Adjutant General for the South Dakota National Guard. The appointment is effective June 8, 2019 upon the retirement of Major General Tim Reisch. Read more . . .

Apr 26, 2019

Governor's Weekly Column: Leading the Way in Cybersecurity

In late April, I was proud to bring this message to the Center of Academic Excellence for Cybersecurity at their national meeting. It was great to meet with industry leaders and corporations looking for new places to do business. I’m confident they will see that South Dakota has the talent, the know-how, the needed facilities, and the optimal geographic location for a resilient cybersecurity industry. Read more . . .

Apr 26, 2019

Noem Encourages Participation in National Prescription Drug Take Back Program

Governor Kristi Noem is encouraging South Dakotans to dispose of unneeded prescription drugs on Saturday, April 27, as law enforcement agencies across the state participate in the National Prescription Drug Take Back Program. Read more . . .

Apr 22, 2019

Noem Announces Leopold Conservation Award Winner

In conjunction with Earth Day, Governor Kristi Noem today announced that Johnson Farms of Frankfort has been selected for the 2019 South Dakota Leopold Conservation Award. Read more . . .

Apr 19, 2019

Governor's Weekly Column: 100 Days of Progress

It’s been just over 100 days since I took office, and in that time, we’ve made some real progress. I signed 222 bills into law, met with hundreds of South Dakotans, and hit all four corners of the state to listen to peoples’ priorities and share some of mine. Read more . . .

Apr 16, 2019

Noem Commemorates 100 Days as Governor

Governor Kristi Noem today commemorated her first 100 days as South Dakota’s 33rd governor. Read more . . .

Apr 04, 2019

Noem Appoints Supreme Court Justice

Governor Kristi Noem today appointed Patricia Jean DeVaney to serve on the South Dakota Supreme Court. The appointment fills the open vacancy in the 3rd Supreme Court District created by the Late Justice Steven Zinter. Read more . . .

Apr 04, 2019

Noem Declares Statewide Day of Prayer

Governor Kristi Noem has declared Sunday, April 7, 2019, a Statewide Day of Prayer for South Dakotans affected by the flooding and disastrous conditions. Read more . . .

Mar 30, 2019

Noem Funds Second Century Habitat Initiative

Governor Kristi Noem yesterday signed SB176, a bill to increase habitat programs and strengthen the future of pheasant hunting in South Dakota. Read more . . .

Mar 29, 2019

Noem Approves a Balanced Budget for FY2020

This week, Governor Kristi Noem signed final appropriations bills for FY2020. Read more . . .

Mar 29, 2019

Governor's Weekly Column: Enhancing Our Energy Potential

I’ve long supported an all-of-the-above approach when it comes to energy. Read more . . .

Mar 27, 2019

Noem Issues Style and Form Veto for SB176

Governor Kristi Noem today issued a Style and Form Veto for SB176 to fix a drafting error and clarify legislative intent. Noem sent the following message to the South Dakota Senate: Read more . . .

Mar 27, 2019

Noem Issues Style and Form Veto for HB1186

Governor Kristi Noem today issued a Style and Form Veto for HB1186 to fix a drafting error and clarify legislative intent. Noem sent the following message to the South Dakota House of Representatives: Read more . . .

Mar 27, 2019

Noem Signs Pipeline Package into Law

Governor Kristi Noem today signed the Pipeline Package, SB189 and SB190, into law. Introduced by Noem, these bills are a legislative solution to ensure the safety and efficiency of pipeline construction in South Dakota. Read more . . .

Mar 27, 2019

Ellsworth Air Force Base to Welcome B-21 Training and Operational Squadron to Its Fleet

Governor Kristi Noem (R-S.D.), U.S. Sens. John Thune (R-S.D.) and Mike Rounds (R-S.D.), and U.S. Rep. Dusty Johnson (R-S.D.) today issued the following statements after the U.S. Air Force announced that Ellsworth Air Force Base has officially been selected to receive the new B-21 training and operational squadron, which means it will be the first of three bases nationwide to host the B-21 bomber in its fleet. Infrastructure spending will begin in fiscal year 2021. Read more . . .

Mar 25, 2019

Noem Appoints Sixth Circuit Judge

Governor Kristi Noem today appointed M. Bridget Mayer to serve as judge for the Sixth Judicial Circuit. Read more . . .

Mar 22, 2019

Noem Signs Bill to Increase Transparency in Government Settlements

Governor Kristi Noem today signed SB59, a transparency bill that prevents the state government from entering into secret lawsuit settlements and makes these state legal agreements public record. Read more . . .

Mar 22, 2019

Noem Signs Bill to Fast-Track Licensing Processes for Military Spouses

Governor Kristi Noem today approved HB1111, a bill to ease the professional licensing process for the spouses of military members assigned to Ellsworth Air Force base or other locations in South Dakota. Read more . . .

Mar 21, 2019

Noem Signs Bill to Enhance Intellectual Diversity on Campuses

Governor Kristi Noem today signed HB1087, a bill to increase intellectual diversity on college campuses. Read more . . .

Mar 21, 2019

Noem Closes Portions of Southeast Waterways Due to Flooding

Governor Kristi Noem has closed portions of three waterways in southeast South Dakota to recreational use because of flooding. Read more . . .

Mar 20, 2019

Noem Approves Pro-Life Legislative Package

Governor Kristi Noem today approved a package of bills to strengthen the rights of unborn children. Read more . . .

Mar 20, 2019

Noem Signs Bill to Streamline Renewable Energy Potential

Governor Kristi Noem yesterday signed SB15, a bill to streamline the permit procedures for solar and wind energy facilities and assist the PUC in managing its docket. Read more . . .

Mar 19, 2019

Noem Approves Enhanced Concealed Carry in State Capitol

Governor Kristi Noem yesterday signed SB115, a bill to allow individuals with an enhanced concealed carry permits to bring firearms into the South Dakota State Capitol building. Read more . . .

Mar 18, 2019

Noem Encourages Residents of Big Sioux River Valley to Prepare for Flooding

Governor Kristi Noem today encouraged people living in the Big Sioux River Valley in eastern South Dakota to start preparing for record flooding. Read more . . .

Mar 15, 2019

Governor's Weekly Column: Addressing the Nursing Home Crisis

Mobridge. Madison. Tripp. Rapid City. Bryant. Rosholt. Huron. Watertown. The common thread between these communities? Nursing home closures. In all, 10 nursing home facilities around our state have closed their doors in recent years. Read more . . .

Mar 15, 2019

Noem Signs Emergency Declaration

Governor Kristi Noem today signed an emergency declaration that allows the use of additional state funds for South Dakota counties impacted by this week’s blizzard and flood. Read more . . .

Mar 14, 2019

Noem Signs Bill to Increase Hospital Billing Accountability

Governor Kristi Noem yesterday signed SB70, a bill to increase accountability and fairness in medical billing practices. Read more . . .

Mar 14, 2019

Noem Orders Opening of Emergency Operations Center, Preparing Emergency Declaration

Governor Kristi Noem today ordered the opening of the state Emergency Operations Center (EOC) in Pierre to help coordinate the state’s response to ongoing blizzard and flood conditions and announced that the state is preparing an emergency declaration. Read more . . .

Mar 12, 2019

Noem Accepting Applications for Summer Interns

Governor Kristi Noem is now accepting applications for the Governor’s Office summer internship program. Read more . . .

Mar 11, 2019

Noem Vetoes Industrial Hemp Legislation

Governor Kristi Noem today vetoed HB1191 and sent the following message to the South Dakota House of Representatives: Read more . . .

Mar 11, 2019

Noem Approves Bill Allowing Schools to Carry Opioid Antidotes

Governor Kristi Noem today signed SB84, a bill that allows trained staff at schools to administer opioid antidotes in case of an overdose. Read more . . .

Mar 08, 2019

Noem Signs Reporter Shield Law

Governor Kristi Noem yesterday signed the Reporter Shield Law, a bill that protects journalists from revealing privileged sources and information. Read more . . .

Mar 07, 2019

Noem Statement on the Passage of Pipeline Legislative Package

Governor Kristi Noem released the following statement after the House and Senate passed her pipeline legislative package, SB189 and SB190: Read more . . .

Mar 06, 2019

10 Facts About Governor Noem’s Pipeline Package

Today, the Joint Committee on Appropriations held a hearing on Governor Noem’s pipeline package. Here are ten facts about the set of bills, SB189 and SB190. Read more . . .

Mar 05, 2019

Noem Approves Legislation To Fight Sex Trafficking, Streamline Adult Adoption

Governor Kristi Noem today finalized two pro-family bills. Read more . . .

Mar 05, 2019

Noem Seeks Nominations for Governor’s Ag Ambassador Award

Governor Kristi Noem is seeking nominations for the 2019 South Dakota Governor’s Ag Ambassador Award. Read more . . .

Mar 04, 2019

Noem Introduces Pipeline Legislative Package

Governor Kristi Noem today proposed two bills for pipeline construction. “The legislative package introduced today will help ensure the Keystone XL pipeline and other future pipeline projects are built in a safe and efficient manner while protecting our state and counties from extraordinary law enforcement costs in the event of riots,” said Noem. Read more . . .

Feb 28, 2019

Noem Selects Seventh Circuit Judge

Governor Kristi Noem today announced that Joshua Hendrickson will serve as judge for South Dakota’s Seventh Judicial Circuit. Read more . . .

Feb 27, 2019

Noem to Permanently Display Tribal Flags in the Capitol Rotunda

Governor Kristi Noem today announced her plan to permanently display the flags of South Dakota’s nine tribal nations in the State Capitol rotunda. Read more . . .

Feb 25, 2019

Noem Urges HHS Secretary Azar to Address Meth Epidemic

In a meeting with United States Secretary of Health and Human Services Alex Azar on Sunday, Governor Kristi Noem urged the administration to help address South Dakota’s rising meth epidemic. Read more . . .

Feb 20, 2019

Noem Approves Grant for New SDSBVI Project

Governor Kristi Noem today awarded a $2.5 million state grant for the construction of the School for the Blind and Visually Impaired (SDSBVI), part of the school’s joint Educational Impact Campaign with Northern State University (NSU). Read more . . .