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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 . . .

Jan 18, 2017

Gov. Daugaard Orders State Capitol Flags At Half-Staff For Former State Legislator Kenny McNenny

Flags at the State Capitol will fly at half-staff on Saturday, Jan. 21, to honor the life of former legislator Kenneth George “Kenny” McNenny of Sturgis, who passed away on Tuesday, Jan. 17. Read more . . .

Jan 06, 2017

Gov. Daugaard Appoints Doug Sharp to GFP Commission

Gov. Dennis Daugaard announced today that he will appoint Doug Sharp of Watertown to the South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks Commission. Read more . . .

Jan 05, 2017

Gov. Daugaard To Give State Of The State Address On Tuesday

Gov. Dennis Daugaard will give the State of the State Address Tuesday, Jan. 10, at 1 p.m. CST in the state House Chamber. Read more . . .

Jan 03, 2017

Gov. Daugaard Announces Earliest CAFR Release In 20 Years

The state Comprehensive Annual Financial Report (CAFR) for Fiscal Year 2016 is now available for the public to review. The South Dakota Bureau of Finance and Management made the report public on Friday, meeting its goal of a December release. Read more . . .

Dec 30, 2016

Gov. Daugaard Orders State Capitol Flags At Half-Staff For Former State Rep. Ervin Bader

The flags at the State Capitol will fly at half-staff on Tuesday, Jan. 3, 2017, to honor the life of former legislator Ervin Bader who passed away on Christmas Day. Read more . . .

Dec 20, 2016

Final Day For Viewing Capitol Christmas Trees Dec. 26

The decorated Christmas trees in the South Dakota Capitol will only be on display through Monday. Read more . . .

Dec 20, 2016

State of South Dakota Seeks Request To Repurpose STAR Academy

The State of South Dakota is soliciting interest from qualified respondents for repurposing the State Treatment and Rehabilitation (STAR) Academy which is located South of Custer. Read more . . .

Dec 19, 2016

South Dakota's electoral votes cast

Attorney General Marty Jackley and Pam Roberts joined Gov. Dennis Daugaard at the Capitol Building today to officially cast South Dakota’s electoral votes for Donald Trump and Mike Pence. Read more . . .

Dec 16, 2016

Flags To Remain At Half-Staff Until Saturday

Gov. Dennis Daugaard requests that all flags in the state remain at half-mast to honor John Glenn until sunset on Saturday, December 17, 2016. Read more . . .

Dec 15, 2016

Gov. Daugaard Receives ‘Smart On Crime’ Recommendations

Today the Smart on Crime Workgroup delivered its report to Gov. Dennis Daugaard. The workgroup was formed this summer by the Governor to study how the regional increase in meth trafficking has impacted South Dakota’s criminal justice system and to review the progress of the Public Safety Improvement Act, which was passed in the 2013 Legislative Session. Read more . . .

Dec 13, 2016

State Awards Juvenile Diversion Funds To Counties

The State of South Dakota is awarding funds to 25 counties for successfully diverting juvenile offenders from the criminal justice system. Read more . . .

Dec 09, 2016

Gov. Daugaard Names Liza Clark BFM Commissioner, Jim Terwilliger As Deputy Commissioner

Gov. Dennis Daugaard announced today that he will appoint Liza Clark of Pierre to serve as commissioner of the Bureau of Finance and Management. Read more . . .

Dec 09, 2016

Governor Asks For Flags At Half-Staff In Remembrance of John Glenn

At the President’s request, Gov. Dennis Daugaard asks that all flags in the state be flown at half-staff to honor John Glenn, starting immediately, until the day of his interment. Read more . . .

Dec 06, 2016

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

Dec 01, 2016

Gov. Daugaard To Give Budget Address On Tuesday

Gov. Dennis Daugaard will give the annual budget address on Tuesday, Dec. 6, at 1 p.m. CST in the state House Chamber. Read more . . .

Nov 29, 2016

Gov. Daugaard Appoints Jeffrey Connolly As Seventh Circuit Judge

Gov. Dennis Daugaard announced today that he will appoint Jeffrey Connolly of Rapid City as a circuit court judge in South Dakota’s Seventh Circuit Court. Read more . . .

Nov 28, 2016

Gov. Daugaard Orders State Capitol Flags At Half-Staff For Former State Sen. Jacob Krull

Former state legislator Jacob J. “Jake” Krull of Watertown passed away on Friday, Nov. 25, 2016. Read more . . .

Nov 22, 2016

Dilges Departs As BFM Commissioner

Gov. Dennis Daugaard announced today that Jason Dilges has departed his role as Commissioner of the Bureau of Finance and Management. Read more . . .

Nov 22, 2016

Gov. Daugaard Orders State Capitol Flags At Half-Staff For Former State Sen. William Johnson

Former state legislator William J. “Bill” Johnson of Harding County has passed away. Read more . . .

Nov 21, 2016

Gov. Daugaard Orders State Capitol Flags At Half-Staff For Former State Rep. Robert Roe

Former state legislator Robert A. “Bob” Roe of Brookings passed away on Nov. 18, 2016. Read more . . .

Nov 18, 2016

Governor Makes Appointment to State Board of Dentistry

Gov. Dennis Daugaard has appointed Dr. Nick Renemans to the State Board of Dentistry. Read more . . .

Nov 17, 2016

Blue Ribbon Education Package Lifts Average Salary By 11.9 Percent

Preliminary data indicates that South Dakota’s teacher salaries are on track to meeting a statewide target average of $48,500, which legislators adopted earlier this year as a part of the Blue Ribbon education funding package. Read more . . .

Nov 15, 2016

Christmas At The Capitol Tree-Lighting Ceremony

The 2016 Grand Lighting Ceremony for Christmas at the South Dakota Capitol will take place in the rotunda on Tuesday, Nov. 22, at 7 p.m. CST. Read more . . .

Nov 15, 2016

Gov. Daugaard Statement On Medicaid

Gov. Dennis Daugaard offered the following statement about discussions surrounding Medicaid expansion. Read more . . .

Nov 14, 2016

Gov. Daugaard To Appoint David Lust To District 34 State House Seat

Gov. Dennis Daugaard confirmed today that he will appoint Rep. David Lust of Rapid City to fill a vacant seat in the state House representing District 34. Read more . . .

Nov 14, 2016

Mental Health Task Force Submits Recommendations To Gov. Daugaard

The South Dakota task force studying mental health and criminal justice today submitted a report with 15 recommendations for consideration by Gov. Dennis Daugaard and the Legislature. Read more . . .

Oct 28, 2016

Gov. Daugaard Orders State Capitol Flags At Half-Staff For Former State Sen. Richard Waddell

Former state legislator Richard Waddell of Isabel passed away on Oct. 28, 2016. Read more . . .

Oct 25, 2016

Governor And First Lady To Welcome Halloween Visitors

Gov. Dennis Daugaard and First Lady Linda Daugaard will give Halloween treats to children who come to trick-or-treat at the Governor’s Mansion on Monday, Oct. 31, from 5:30 to 8 p.m. CDT. Read more . . .