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May 19, 2017

New Good Earth Visitor Center Highlights Tribal History, Nature

Gov. Dennis Daugaard joined a 300 guests today to celebrate the completion of the visitor center at Good Earth State Park, located five miles southeast of downtown Sioux Falls. Read more . . .

May 16, 2017

Sturgis To Be Capital For A Day

Gov. Dennis Daugaard announced today that Sturgis has been chosen to be South Dakota’s Capital for a Day on Tuesday, June 6. Read more . . .

May 16, 2017

State of South Dakota Rolls Out Nation's First Paperless Pardon Process

As a part of Gov. Dennis Daugaard’s efforts to make government more efficient, the State of South Dakota today rolled out a pardon website for individuals seeking clemency, making South Dakota the only state in the nation with such a tool. Read more . . .

May 15, 2017

President Calls For Flags At Half-Mast For Peace Officers Memorial Day

President Donald Trump has proclaimed today, May 15, as Peace Officers Memorial Day and the period of May 14 through May 20 as Police Week. Read more . . .

May 12, 2017

First Lady Column: SD Reaches Lowest Ever Infant Mortality Rate

It has been six-and-a-half years since Dennis was first elected, and since then a number of things have changed in our lives. We have become grandparents, and our five grandkids – all age four or younger – brighten our days and amuse us to no end. Read more . . .

May 05, 2017

Gov. Daugaard Orders State Capitol Flags At Half-Staff For Medal Of Honor Recipient Leo Thorsness

Flags at the State Capitol will fly at half-staff on Monday, May 8, 2017, to honor the life of Leo Thorsness, a recipient of the Congressional Medal of Honor, who passed away on May 2. Read more . . .

May 04, 2017

Oglala Sioux Tribe Enters Into Cooperative MOU With State

The South Dakota Department of Game, Fish and Parks signed a cooperative Memorandum of Understanding with the Oglala Sioux Tribe earlier this week in Rapid City. The occasion marks the completion of a long-time project to formalize cooperative operations between the Tribe and State. The signing is the third cooperative tribal MOU to be put in place in state history. Read more . . .

May 04, 2017

Gov. Daugaard Orders State Capitol Flags At Half-Staff For Former State Rep. William Clayton

Gov. Dennis Daugaard is ordering flags to fly half-staff at the State Capitol on Friday, May 5, to honor the life of former Rep. William Clayton, who passed away on April 20. Read more . . .

May 03, 2017

Data Shows State’s 2016 Infant Mortality Rate Lowest Ever

In 2016 South Dakota reported its lowest rate ever of infant deaths, according to new data released today by the Department of Health. Read more . . .

May 02, 2017

Governor’s Mansion Tours To Resume

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

May 01, 2017

Intergovernmental Roundtable Held To Discuss Potential Pipeline Protests

In light of the Dakota Access Pipeline protests which occurred in North Dakota, South Dakota’s state and tribal law enforcement are having public safety discussions. The first strategic planning meeting was held on Friday, April 28, in Mitchell, where participants discussed potential pipeline protests. Read more . . .

Apr 28, 2017

Gov. Daugaard Appoints Swanson As Fourth Circuit Judge

Gov. Dennis Daugaard announced today that he will appoint Magistrate Judge Gordon D. Swanson as a circuit court judge in South Dakota’s Fourth Circuit Court. Read more . . .

Apr 27, 2017

Gov. Daugaard Appoints Strawn As Fourth Circuit Judge

Gov. Dennis Daugaard announced today that he will appoint Magistrate Judge Eric J. Strawn as a circuit court judge in South Dakota’s Fourth Circuit Court. Read more . . .

Apr 26, 2017

Gov. Daugaard Orders State Capitol Flags At Half-Staff For Former State Senator Richard Gregerson

Flags at the State Capitol will fly at half-staff on Monday, May 1, to honor the life of former legislator Richard Gregerson of Sioux Falls, who passed away on Tuesday, April 25. Read more . . .

Apr 25, 2017

SD Participates in National Prescription Drug Take Back Program

South Dakotans will have the chance to throw out unneeded prescription drugs on Saturday, April 29, as law enforcement agencies across the state participate in the National Prescription Drug Take Back Program. Read more . . .

Apr 18, 2017

Governor Seeking Interns For Fall Term

Gov. Dennis Daugaard is currently seeking applications for two fall 2017 Governor’s Office internships in Pierre. The positions will be paid and run from early September through December 2017. Read more . . .

Apr 10, 2017

Daugaards Invite Families To Attend Annual Easter Egg Hunt

The Governor and First Lady are inviting families to take part in the 64th Annual Elks Easter Egg Hunt on the Governor’s residence lawn at 1 p.m. CDT on Easter. Read more . . .

Apr 05, 2017

Flags At Half-Staff Thursday To Honor John Glenn

The White House has issued a proclamation to honor the life of John Glenn on Thursday, April 6, 2017, the day of his interment. Read more . . .

Mar 31, 2017

Gov. Daugaard Announces Appointees To New Board Of Technical Education

Gov. Dennis Daugaard announced today the initial appointees to the Board of Technical Education. The nine-member board will provide state-level oversight to the state’s four technical institutes, taking on the functions currently served by the state Board of Education. Read more . . .

Mar 30, 2017

Gov. Daugaard To Appoint Joan Wink To Board Of Regents

Gov. Dennis Daugaard announced today that he will appoint Dr. Joan Wink of Howes to the South Dakota Board of Regents. Read more . . .

Mar 30, 2017

Tribal Leaders Participate In Governor’s Public Safety Roundtable

Gov. Dennis Daugaard yesterday met with tribal leaders to discuss Senate Bill 176, potential pipeline protests and public safety. In the wake of the Dakota Access Pipeline protests in North Dakota, state and tribal leaders came together on Wednesday to converse on how to avoid potential problems, share concerns and work on possible solutions. Read more . . .

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 . . .