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Governor Requests Flags At Half-Staff On Memorial Day Morning
Gov. Dennis Daugaard asks that flags be flown at half-staff on the morning of Memorial Day, Monday, May 29, in observance of fallen military service members.

Governor's Column: By Knowing and Telling Their Stories
Bill Bianchi may not have been born in South Dakota, but he became like an adopted son when in 1936 he began attending SDSU to earn an animal science degree.

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Gov. Dennis Daugaard will speak at the 75th Annual SD American Legion Boys State Convention at Northern State University in Aberdeen.


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.

Governor's Column: South Dakota Works
In South Dakota we have the third lowest unemployment rate in the nation. This is a source of pride, but it’s also a double-edged sword. Because so few South Dakotans are unemployed, we have a shortage of qualified workers to fill job openings.

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Gov. Dennis Daugaard will speak at the opening ceremony for the 2017 ACM International Collegiate Programming Contest, at Rushmore Plaza Civic Center in Rapid City.


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.

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.


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.


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.

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Gov. Dennis Daugaard will speak at the Law Enforcement Memorial Service to honor the fallen law enforcement officers of South Dakota.


Governor's Column: Great State, Great Staff
The State of South Dakota impacts the lives of its citizens daily. We drive on roads maintained by the Department of Transportation. We enjoy parks and recreational areas operated by the Department of Game, Fish and Parks. Many in need receive help from the Department of Social Services.

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.

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Gov. Daugaard and Secretary of Tourism James Hagen will hold a news conference to recognize National Travel and Tourism Week.


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.

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.


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.


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


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.


Governor's Column: Choices Behind The Wheel
Traffic fatalities are a recurring headline. Hardly a day goes by when we don’t read another story, hear a radio report or see the terrible images on television.

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.

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Gov. Dennis Daugaard will speak at the Ag Processing, Inc. ground breaking that is being held at the site of AGP’s future soybean facility in Aberdeen.


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.


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.


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.


Governor's Column: Celebrate Farmers and Ranchers on Earth Day
In 1973, a woman by the name of Beverly Gabriel decided to leave her profession to get back to her roots. She had received a teaching degree from Black Hills State University a few years earlier and had taught in Rapid City and Wyoming.

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Gov. Dennis Daugaard will speak at the Associated School Board’s Academic Excellence Recognition Luncheon at the Ramkota in Pierre.


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.


Governor's Column: Remembering South Dakota's Ace
South Dakota draws an ace. That was one headline following the gubernatorial election of Joe Foss. The plain-spoken, unpretentious South Dakota hero held many titles throughout his life, only one of which was governor.

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Gov. Dennis Daugaard and First Lady Linda Daugaard invite families to take part in the Elks Easter Egg Hunt on the Governor’s residence lawn. Children up to age 12 are invited to participate.


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.


Governor's Column: Stewardship Of State Pension Not Something To Reprimand
South Dakotans are not afraid to do things differently when different means a better way. Different defines how we have been running our state’s retirement system.

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Gov. Dennis Daugaard will speak at the National Center for Women & Information Technology Aspiration Awards at the Science Center at Dakota State University.


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.


Governor's Column: Juvenile Justice Reforms Showing Promising Results
This week, the juvenile justice reform oversight council released its first annual report. The report encapsulates the progress made in the first full year of implementation of the 2015 Juvenile Justice Reinvestment Initiative.

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.

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Gov. Dennis Daugaard will speak at the deployment ceremony for the 125 airmen in the 114th Fighter Wing.


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.

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.


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.


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.

Governor's Column: A Chance To Be SD's Capital For A Day
In the 1990s, Gov. George S. Mickelson started a new tradition in South Dakota called Capital for a Day. Gov. Mickelson would travel to a community and issue an executive proclamation declaring that town as South Dakota’s Capital for a Day.

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Gov. Dennis Daugaard will attend the Madison High School Automotive Shop Ribbon Cutting.


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.


Governor's Column: Looking Back On A Successful Legislative Session
Friday, March 10, was the last day of the main run of the 2017 Legislative Session. Although the session was more “low profile” than in some past years, we can all be proud of our legislators’ hard work.

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.

Governor Signs Final Bills Of The Session
Gov. Dennis Daugaard signed the last bills of the 2017 Legislative Session into law today.

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.

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.

Gov. Daugaard Vetoes SB 33
Gov. Dennis Daugaard has vetoed SB 33, an Act to revise the state aid to special education formula.

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.

Gov. Daugaard Vetoes HB 1149
Gov. Dennis Daugaard has vetoed HB 1149, an Act to revise the tax on certain telecommunication services and devices.

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The South Dakota Animal Industry Board will be holding a meeting in the AIB Conference Room, 411 S. Fort Street.


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.

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.


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.

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.


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.

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.

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.


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.

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.


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.

Governor's Column: State Officials Of All Stripes Upholding IM22 Promise
During the first few weeks of the 2017 Legislative Session, Initiated Measure 22 dominated the headlines. The 14,000-word initiated measure became the center of attention because of the constitutional problems it posed and the bizarre unintended consequences it would create.

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.

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Lt. Gov. Matt Michels will attend the National Lt. Governors’ Association Meeting in Washington, D.C.


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.


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.

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.


Gov. Daugaard Signs Bills Into Law
Gov. Dennis Daugaard signed the following bills into law this afternoon:


Governor's Column: South Dakota's Seat At The Table
Action is not a choice, it is a necessity. Those were President Trump’s words on Obamacare to Congress. As the President mentioned in that speech, one-third of America’s counties now have only one insurer.

Gov. Daugaard Holds Legislative Press Conference
Gov. Dennis Daugaard held his final press conference of the legislative session at the Capitol on Thursday.

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The 29th Annual Environmental and Ground Water Quality Conference will be held at the Best Western Ramkota Hotel, 920 W. Sioux Ave.


Gov. Daugaard Signs Bills Into Law
Gov. Dennis Daugaard signed the following bills into law this afternoon.


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.