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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 . . .

Feb 19, 2019

Noem Signs Six Bills Into Law

Governor Kristi Noem signed the following pieces of legislation today Read more . . .

Feb 15, 2019

Noem Streamlines Education Processes for Military Families, Signs Additional Legislation into Law

Governor Kristi Noem yesterday signed legislation to streamline school enrollment processes for military families relocating to a new school district. Read more . . .

Feb 13, 2019

Noem Levels Scholarship Playing Field for Homeschool Students, Signs Eleven Bills into Law

Governor Kristi Noem today signed a bill to make homeschool students eligible, on an equal basis, for the South Dakota Opportunity Scholarship. Read more . . .

Feb 11, 2019

Noem Appoints Bies, Whitmyre to Game, Fish and Parks Commission

Governor Kristi Noem today announced that she has appointed Travis Bies of Fairburn and Robert Whitmyre of Webster to the South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks (GFP) Commission. Read more . . .

Feb 08, 2019

Noem Encourages Legislators to Table Industrial Hemp Discussions

Governor Kristi Noem today asked the South Dakota legislature to table discussions on legalizing industrial hemp this legislative session. Read more . . .

Feb 08, 2019

Noem Approves Nine Bills

Governor Kristi Noem signed the following pieces of legislation this afternoon: Read more . . .

Feb 08, 2019

President Orders Flags at Half-Staff to Honor Former Lawmaker

President Donald Trump today ordered flags nationwide to be flown at half-staff until sunset on Saturday, February 9, 2019, to honor the life of former Representative John David Dingell, Jr. of Michigan. Read more . . .

Feb 07, 2019

Noem Orders Capitol Flags at Half-Staff to Honor Former Lawmaker

Governor Kristi Noem today ordered flags at the South Dakota State Capitol to be flown at half-staff from 8am until sunset on Friday, February 8, 2019, to honor the life of former state legislator Carol Fitzgerald of Rapid City. Read more . . .

Feb 06, 2019

Noem Vetoes Bill Regulating Solar Energy

Gov. Noem today vetoed Senate Bill 14 and sent the following message to the South Dakota Senate: Read more . . .

Feb 06, 2019

Noem Selects Sixth Circuit Judge

Governor Kristi Noem today announced the selection of Christina Klinger to serve as judge for the Sixth Judicial Circuit. Read more . . .

Feb 05, 2019

Noem Approves Legislation to Expand South Dakota Energy Potential

Governor Kristi Noem today approved legislation to expand South Dakota renewable energy production. Read more . . .

Feb 05, 2019

Noem Statement on President Trump’s State of the Union Address

Governor Kristi Noem today issued the following statement after President Trump’s State of the Union address. Read more . . .

Jan 31, 2019

Noem Approves Constitutional Carry Legislation, Nine Other Bills

Governor Kristi Noem today signed her first bill into law. SB47, which Noem signed today, will further protect the Second Amendment rights of South Dakotans by allowing constitutional carry. Read more . . .

Jan 25, 2019

Committee Approves Noem’s Bill to “Crack Down” on South Dakota Abortion Providers

Governor Kristi Noem today applauded the Senate Health and Human Services Committee after their approval of her bill to further “crack down” on South Dakota abortion providers. Read more . . .

Jan 17, 2019

Noem Taps Pierre Attorney for Deputy General Counsel

Governor Kristi Noem today announced that Katie Hruska will join her staff as deputy general counsel. Read more . . .

Jan 17, 2019

Noem to Deliver Budget Address Wednesday

Governor Kristi Noem will deliver her 2019 Budget Address to a joint legislature on Wednesday, January 23 at 1pm CT in the state House Chamber. Read more . . .

Jan 10, 2019

Noem to Appoint Secretary of Social Services

Governor Kristi Noem today announced that M. Gregory DeSautel, MD will join her cabinet as Secretary of Social Services. He will officially be appointed February 1. Read more . . .

Jan 08, 2019

Noem Orders Capitol Flags at Half-Staff to Honor Former Lawmaker

Gov. Kristi Noem has ordered flags at the South Dakota State Capitol to be flown at half-staff from 8 a.m. CST until sunset on Wednesday, January 9, 2019, to honor the life of former state legislator Kenneth “K.O.” Kauth of Huron. Read more . . .

Jan 03, 2019

Noem Taps New Underwood Native for Policy Team

Governor-elect Kristi Noem today announced that Jason Simmons, a New Underwood native, will join her staff as a policy advisor. Read more . . .

Dec 28, 2018

Noem Announces District 9 Legislative Appointment

Governor-elect Kristi Noem today announced that she will appoint Rhonda Milstead of Sioux Falls to represent District 9 in the South Dakota House of Representatives. The vacancy was created after Representative-elect Deb Peters announced she would not take the oath of office in January. Milstead will serve during the 2019 and 2020 legislative sessions. Read more . . .

Dec 28, 2018

Noem Announces Cabinet and Staff Hires

Governor-elect Noem today announced the following cabinet and staff hires: Read more . . .

Dec 27, 2018

Noem to Appoint Hughes County Sheriff to Cabinet Seat

Governor-elect Kristi Noem today announced that Sheriff Michael Leidholt will join her administration as Secretary of the Department of Corrections. Read more . . .

Dec 26, 2018

Noem Announces Secretary of Tribal Relations

Governor-elect Kristi Noem today announced that David Flute, a lifelong member of the Sisseton-Wahpeton Sioux Tribe, will join her administration as Secretary of Tribal Relations. Read more . . .

Dec 20, 2018

Final Day For Viewing Capitol Christmas Trees Dec. 25

The final days for viewing capitol Christmas trees are near. The decorated Christmas trees in the South Dakota Capitol will only be on display through Tuesday, Dec. 25. The display is open daily to the public from 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. CST. Read more . . .

Dec 20, 2018

Noem Selects DSU Dean to Lead Department of Education

Governor-elect Kristi Noem, a long-time advocate for education, today announced that Dr. Ben Jones will join her administration as Interim Secretary of Education. Read more . . .

Dec 20, 2018

Noem Announces Another Wave of Staff Hires

Governor-elect Kristi Noem today announced another wave of governor’s office staff hires. The following people will begin serving on January 5, 2019. Read more . . .

Dec 19, 2018

Noem Announces District 31 Legislative Appointment

Governor-elect Kristi Noem today announced that she will appoint Dayle Hammock of Spearfish to represent District 31 in the South Dakota House of Representatives. The vacancy was created after the passing of Rep. Chuck Turbiville, who was reelected posthumously on November 6. Hammock will serve during the 2019 and 2020 legislative sessions. Read more . . .

Dec 19, 2018

Noem Taps Vanneman for Secretary of Agriculture

Following a nation-wide search to find the best and brightest to serve South Dakota’s largest industry, Governor-elect Kristi Noem today announced that Kim Vanneman will join her cabinet as Secretary of Agriculture. Read more . . .

Dec 18, 2018

Noem Names Appointment for Veterans Affairs Secretary

Governor-elect Kristi Noem today announced that Greg Whitlock will join her administration as Secretary for Veterans Affairs. Read more . . .

Dec 13, 2018

Noem Applauds TAG Following Retirement Announcement

Governor-elect Kristi Noem today applauded the dedicated service of Major General Timothy A. Reisch following his retirement announcement. Reisch has served as The Adjutant General (TAG) for South Dakota since April 2011. He will continue serving until his retirement in June 2019. Read more . . .

Dec 07, 2018

Governor-elect Noem Announces Staff Hires

Governor-elect Kristi Noem today announced a key round of governor’s office staff hires. The following people will begin serving on January 5, 2019. Read more . . .

Dec 06, 2018

Noem Announces GOED Appointment

Governor-elect Kristi Noem today announced that Steve Westra will serve in her administration as Commissioner of the Governor’s Office of Economic Development (GOED). Read more . . .