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Feb 27, 2020

Noem Signs Legislation to Protect and Help Victims of Human Trafficking

Governor Kristi Noem today signed legislation to better protect and help victims of human trafficking in South Dakota. Read more . . .

Feb 26, 2020

Noem Signs Legislation to Protect South Dakota Waters from Invasive Species

Governor Kristi Noem today signed legislation to protect South Dakota’s public waters and prevent the spread of invasive species. Read more . . .

Feb 26, 2020

Noem Appoints BIT Commissioner

Governor Kristi Noem today announced that Jeffrey Clines will join her cabinet as Commissioner of the Bureau of Information and Telecommunications (BIT). The appointment will be effective April 6. Read more . . .

Feb 25, 2020

Noem Signs Bill to Rename South Dakota’s Technical Institutes as "Technical Colleges"

Governor Kristi Noem today signed legislation to change the names of South Dakota’s four postsecondary technical institutes to better align the schools with other institutes around the nation. Read more . . .

Feb 24, 2020

Noem Signs 14 Bills

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

Feb 21, 2020

Noem Signs Legislation to Reduce Regulations, Make Business Easier for South Dakotans

Governor Kristi Noem this week signed five bills into law that reduce regulations and make business easier for South Dakotans. Read more . . .

Feb 19, 2020

Following Noem Testimony, Senate State Affairs Committee Strongly Supports SB 157

Governor Kristi Noem today testified before the Senate State Affairs Committee in support of legislation that will ensure economic progress is possible for all of South Dakota’s communities (SB 157). This was the first time a governor has testified before a committee in more than a decade. Read more . . .

Feb 14, 2020

Noem, Flute, Ravnsborg Invite Tribes to Engage in MOUs for Expanded Law Enforcement Resources

Governor Kristi Noem, Attorney General Jason Ravnsborg, and Secretary of Tribal Relations David Flute yesterday invited tribal leaders and members to engage in a partnership to combine state and tribal law enforcement resources to combat drug use on reservations. Read more . . .

Feb 14, 2020

Noem Signs Eight Bills

Governor Kristi Noem has signed the following bills during the 2020 legislative session: Read more . . .

Feb 13, 2020

Noem, Art Leaders Announce Inaugural Governor’s Student Art Competition

Governor Kristi Noem announced the South Dakota Governor’s Student Art Competition, a new program to promote visual art among students in South Dakota. Read more . . .

Feb 07, 2020

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

Governor Kristi Noem has ordered flags at the South Dakota State Capitol to be flown at half-staff from 8 a.m. until sunset on Saturday, February 8, 2020, to honor the life of Bernie Christenson, a former state leader and legislator. Read more . . .

Feb 06, 2020

WTAS: Ag, Business, Community Leaders Support Noem’s Legislation to Streamline Rural Development

Governor Kristi Noem last week announced that she will introduce legislation that provides certainty and predictability for businesses and operations looking to open or expand in rural South Dakota. Read more . . .

Feb 03, 2020

Noem, Federal Representatives Continue Working Toward July 3 Fireworks Celebration at Mount Rushmore

Governor Kristi Noem last week welcomed representatives from the National Park Service and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to South Dakota to continue working toward the July 3 fireworks celebration at the Mount Rushmore National Memorial. Read more . . .

Jan 31, 2020

Noem Announces Legislation to Provide Certainty, Predictability for Rural Development

At the Black Hills Stock Show, Governor Kristi Noem today announced that she will introduce legislation that provides certainty and predictability for businesses and operations looking to open or expand in rural South Dakota. Read more . . .

Jan 29, 2020

Noem: USMCA a “Major Win” for South Dakota Producers

Governor Kristi Noem today released the following statement after President Donald Trump signed the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA). Read more . . .

Jan 28, 2020

Noem Introduces Anti-Rioting Legislation to Keep South Dakotans and Their Property Safe

Governor Kristi Noem today sent the final version of her anti-rioting legislation to legislators, tribal leaders, state’s attorneys, and other stakeholders. Read more . . .

Jan 23, 2020

ICYMI: Noem Takes Steps to Increase Housing Availability in South Dakota

This month, Governor Kristi Noem asked the Governor’s Office of Economic Development (GOED) to begin utilizing the Revolving Economic Development & Initiative (REDI) Fund to support multi-family, workforce housing projects. Read more . . .

Jan 22, 2020

Noem Marks 47th Anniversary of Roe v Wade Ruling, Proclaims January Sanctity of Human Life Month

To mark the 47th anniversary since the United States Supreme Court’s decision in Roe v Wade, Governor Kristi Noem has proclaimed January as Sanctity of Human Life Month. Read more . . .

Jan 17, 2020

Noem Recognizes Tribal Groups During State-Tribal Relations Day

Governor Kristi Noem this week attended the State-Tribal Relations Awards Ceremony where she presented certificates of commendation to two tribal groups who have done “extraordinary work” to combat the flow of drugs in their communities. Read more . . .

Jan 16, 2020

Noem Calls on Businesses to Register for South Dakota Week of Work

Governor Kristi Noem, in partnership with the South Dakota Chamber of Commerce and Industry and the South Dakota Retailers Association, today called on businesses to register for the South Dakota Week of Work April 20-24, 2020. Read more . . .

Jan 14, 2020

Noem Reaffirms Support of Israel, Condemns Anti-Semitism, Signs Executive Order Against BDS Campaign

Governor Kristi Noem today signed an executive order that joins 27 other states in condemning Anti-Semitism and standing against the Boycotts, Divestment, and Sanctions (BDS) campaign against Israel. The Executive Order directs state entities not to contract with businesses supporting the BDS campaign. Read more . . .

Jan 13, 2020

State of the State Preview – Governor Kristi Noem: “South Dakota is OPEN for Business”

On Tuesday, Governor Kristi Noem will deliver the annual State of the State Address. Among other topics, Noem will outline why South Dakota is the best state in the country to own and operate a business. Read more . . .

Jan 09, 2020

Four Guardrails: Noem Proposes a Path Forward for Decriminalizing Industrial Hemp

Governor Kristi Noem today sent the legislature her “Four Guardrails” for a path forward on decriminalizing industrial hemp. Read more . . .

Jan 06, 2020

Noem Appoints Schoenfish, Overweg to Serve District 19

Governor Kristi Noem today announced that she has appointed current Representative Kyle Schoenfish to fill the District 19 vacancy in the South Dakota State Senate. Read more . . .

Jan 03, 2020

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

Governor Kristi Noem has ordered flags at the South Dakota State Capitol to be flown at half-staff from 8 a.m. until sunset on Monday, January 6, 2020, to honor the life of George Blair, a former legislator. Read more . . .

Jan 03, 2020

Noem Announces more than $21.9 Million for Statewide Environmental Projects

Governor Kristi Noem today announced that the state Board of Water and Natural Resources has approved more than $21.9 million for water, wastewater, watershed, recycling, and solid waste projects. The board met today over the Digital Dakota Network. Read more . . .

Dec 31, 2019

Noem Announces District 35 Legislative Appointment

Governor Kristi Noem today appointed Jessica Castleberry to represent District 35 in the South Dakota Senate, effective January 1, 2020. The vacancy was created after Lyndi DiSanto announced her resignation. Castleberry will serve during the 2020 legislative session. Read more . . .

Dec 23, 2019

Governor Noem Announces Staff Changes for the New Year

Governor Kristi Noem today announced the addition of Maggie Seidel as Senior Advisor and Policy Director, as well as the departures of Joshua Shields, Chief of Staff to the Governor's Office, and Emily Kiel, Communications Director. Read more . . .

Dec 20, 2019

Noem Responds to Presidential Executive Order on Refugee Resettlement

Governor Kristi Noem yesterday issued a letter of consent to Secretary of State Michael R. Pompeo in response to an executive order issued by President Donald J. Trump on Sept. 26, 2019, concerning enhanced state and local involvement in refugee resettlement. Read more . . .

Dec 20, 2019

Noem, BFM Release Comprehensive Annual Financial Report

Governor Kristi Noem and the Bureau of Finance and Management (BFM) today released the State’s Comprehensive Annual Financial Report (CAFR) for fiscal year 2019. The annual report includes the state government’s complete financial statements. Read more . . .

Dec 19, 2019

Noem Statement on House Passage of USMCA

Governor Kristi Noem today released the following statement after the U.S. House of Representatives passed the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA): Read more . . .

Dec 19, 2019

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

Governor Kristi Noem has ordered flags at the South Dakota State Capitol to be flown at half-staff from 8 a.m. until sunset on Friday, December 20, 2019, to honor the life of Sheldon Songstad, a former legislator. Read more . . .

Dec 19, 2019

Noem Statement on RFS Final Rule

Governor Kristi Noem today issued the following statement on the Environmental Protection Agency’s ruling to establish the required renewable volumes under the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) program for 2020 Read more . . .

Dec 17, 2019

Noem Re-Appoints Team to Assist Counties in Mitigation Efforts

On December 10, Governor Kristi Noem signed an executive order re-appointing the Hazard Mitigation Team. The team consists of representatives from 11 state agencies and other non-governmental personnel and is designed to assist counties in mitigation planning efforts. Read more . . .

Dec 17, 2019

Noem, Rounds Request U.S Army Corps of Engineers Increase Missouri River Mainstem Dam Releases to Prepare for Spring Runoff

Gov. Kristi Noem (R-S.D.) and U.S. Sen. Mike Rounds (R-S.D.) sent a letter to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) requesting a marginal increase in releases from Gavins Point Dam. This would allow additional storage in the dam system to accommodate runoff this upcoming spring. Additionally, Noem and Rounds urged USACE to take measures to improve predictions in order to prevent significant flooding during wet years and to make sure water is available during a drought. Read more . . .

Dec 13, 2019

Noem Encourages South Dakota Leaders to Apply for the White House Fellows Program

On behalf of the President’s Commission on White House Fellowships, Governor Kristi Noem today encouraged “up-and-coming South Dakota leaders” to apply to the White House Fellows Program. Read more . . .

Dec 12, 2019

Governor Noem Announces Changes to Oversight of Private Treatment Facilities for Children and Youth

Governor Kristi Noem today announced that she will bring legislation in the 2020 session that will improve the oversight of private treatment facilities for children and youth. Read more . . .

Dec 06, 2019

Noem Orders Flags at Half-Staff for National Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day

Upon the directive of President Donald Trump, Governor Kristi Noem has ordered flags across the state to be flown at half-staff from sunrise to sunset on Saturday, December 7, 2019, in recognition of National Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day. Read more . . .

Dec 06, 2019

Governor's Weekly Column: Driving Opportunity

It’s been a difficult year, yes, but we have tremendous opportunity before us. The growth of our current industries and the attraction of new ones will drive opportunity. Expanding on some already successful initiatives will drive opportunity. And laying the foundation to enhance our competitiveness with respect to other states will help ensure our top talent stays in South Dakota – creating more opportunity for years to come. Read more . . .

Dec 04, 2019

Noem Proclaims Women’s Vote Centennial Celebration Day, Assembles Women’s Vote Centennial Delegation

Governor Kristi Noem proclaimed today as “Women’s Vote Centennial Celebration Day” in South Dakota. On December 4, 1919, South Dakota was one of the first states to ratify the Nineteenth Amendment, approving it during a special legislative session. Read more . . .

Dec 03, 2019

Noem Announces District 32 Legislative Appointment

Governor Kristi Noem today announced that she is appointing Helene Duhamel of Rapid City to represent District 32 in the South Dakota Senate. Read more . . .

Dec 03, 2019

Governor Noem’s Budget Invests in Next Generation Industries

Governor Noem is investing in next generation industries by increasing high-speed internet access, bolstering cybersecurity development, and investing in healthcare training programs. Read more . . .

Dec 03, 2019

Governor Noem’s Budget Improves Public Safety

Governor Noem is prioritizing the safety of families and communities by combating the meth epidemic and equipping law enforcement with modernized communication tools. Read more . . .

Dec 03, 2019

Governor Noem’s Budget Strengthens Families

Governor Noem is strengthening families by designating funds for foster parent training, supporting family reunification, and improving services for child maltreatment victims. Read more . . .

Dec 03, 2019

Governor Noem’s Budget Supports Long-Term Care Services

Governor Noem is building sustainable models of care to ensure individuals have improved access to quality, long-term care services. Read more . . .

Dec 03, 2019

Governor Noem’s Budget Supports Education in South Dakota

Governor Noem’s budget better equips educators and schools by adjusting funding formulas for general and special education. Read more . . .

Dec 03, 2019

Governor Noem’s Budget Provides Disaster Relief

Governor Noem’s budget builds partnerships with local governments to provide disaster relief resources and implement programs to mitigate future disasters. Read more . . .

Dec 03, 2019

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

Governor Kristi Noem has ordered flags at the South Dakota State Capitol to be flown at half-staff from 8 a.m. until sunset on Wednesday, December 4, 2019, to honor the life of Kermit Staggers, a former legislator. Read more . . .

Nov 27, 2019

Noem Seeks Public Input for District 35 Senate Nomination

Governor Kristi Noem is seeking public input for a District 35 Senate vacancy. The opening was created after current State Senator Lyndi DiSanto announced her resignation effective December 31, 2019. Read more . . .

Nov 27, 2019

South Dakota Launches Fallen Heroes Bridge Dedication Program

Governor Kristi Noem and the South Dakota Departments of Veterans Affairs, Military, and Transportation this week launched the new Fallen Heroes Bridge Dedication Program. The program will dedicate state bridges after South Dakotans who died while in active service. More than 3,000 South Dakotans have made the ultimate sacrifice. Read more . . .