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


Gov. Daugaard Names David Knoff As First Circuit Judge
Gov. Dennis Daugaard announced today that he will appoint David Knoff of Yankton as a circuit judge in South Dakota’s First Judicial Circuit.


News Tips For Feb. 17 – Feb. 23, 2018
News Tips For Feb. 17– Feb. 23, 2018

Governor's Column: The Perseverance Of Our Largest Industry
Last year was another tough year for agriculture. After seeing a lack of moisture in the spring, we declared a statewide emergency in June. The drought persisted throughout the summer, and even today, as I write this, over 90 percent of the ground in the state is abnormally dry with almost 60 percent of the state in moderate to severe drought.


President Orders Flags At Half-Staff For Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School Victims
President Donald Trump has called for flags at half-staff as a mark of solemn respect for the victims of the terrible act of violence perpetrated at the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida on Wednesday, February 14.


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


Governor's Column: The Complex Issue Of Addiction
As a state, we grapple with many issues. Some are very complex, with no easy fix or single solution. These may require sustained effort over long periods, through different administrations and legislatures and generations of South Dakotans. Drug abuse is one such issue.

News Tips For Feb. 10 – Feb. 16, 2018
News Tips For Feb. 10 – Feb. 16, 2018


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

Gov. Daugaard Signs Water and Environment Fund Legislation
Gov. Dennis Daugaard signed House Bill 1098 today, which is a water and environment funding bill to appropriate dedicated funds for water, wastewater and solid waste projects. The bill is also commonly referred to as the Governor’s Omnibus Water Funding bill.

Governor Daugaard Signs Senate Bill 32
Gov. Dennis Daugaard signed Senate Bill 32, an act to place certain substances on the controlled substances schedule. SB 32 is an annual bill to update South Dakota’s controlled substances statutes to match federal Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) scheduling actions.


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

Gov. Daugaard Signs First Red Tape Bills Of Session
Governor Daugaard signed five "red tape" bills that aim to reduce excessive complexity throughout South Dakota's laws.


Governor's Column: Planting Trees Now
“The best time to plant a tree was 20 years ago. The second-best time is now.” This old saying is a good description of how we have approached managing state government in the last seven years.

Temporary Licensure Compact Bill Introduced
Today, the House State Affairs Committee introduced House Bill 1319, Governor Daugaard’s bill to create a reciprocity compact to streamline professional licensure.

News Tips For Feb. 3 – Feb. 9, 2018
News Tips For Feb. 3 – Feb. 9, 2018


Gov. Daugaard Signs First Bill Of The Session
Gov. Dennis Daugaard this afternoon signed the first bill of the 2018 Legislative Session into law. The piece of legislation, House Bill 1057, authorizes the Board of Regents to contract for the construction of the Madison Cyber Labs (MadLabs) and the demolition of Lowry Hall at Dakota State University. The bill passed unanimously through the Joint Committee on Appropriations, the House of Representatives and the Senate.


Governor's Column: Improving Our Medicaid Program
South Dakotans believe in self-reliance. The pioneers who settled this state over a century ago, as well as the natives who preceded them, understood the need for self-reliance. In fact, they knew no other way. Those who came to Dakota sought freedom and a fresh start. They understood, though, that freedom requires responsibility, because they could only survive by taking care of themselves.

News Tips
Gov. Dennis Daugaard will hold a press conference at 12 p.m. CST on Friday, Feb. 2, in the Governor’s Large Conference Room on the second floor of the Capitol Building.


Microbrewery Bill Introduced
Today, the Senate Commerce Committee introduced Senate Bill 169, Governor Daugaard’s bill to modernize South Dakota’s alcohol laws concerning microbreweries.


Governor's Column: Giving the Open Waters Compromise Time to Work
The issue of nonmeandered waters has been a contentious one in recent decades. Problems arose in the 1990s, when water bodies in eastern South Dakota expanded greatly, after receiving far more moisture than normal. Several legislative efforts tried to address this challenge, but the many competing opinions and interests made compromise elusive.

News Tips
Gov. Dennis Daugaard will speak with Lori Walsh on South Dakota Public Broadcasting’s “In The Moment.”


Gov. Daugaard Appoints Camela Theeler As Second Circuit Judge
Gov. Dennis Daugaard announced today that he will appoint Camela Theeler of Sioux Falls as a circuit court judge in South Dakota’s Second Circuit Court.

Governor's Column: The Workforce Relay
The legislative session commenced on Jan. 9 with my final State of the State Address. I began my speech by talking about workforce, which will be a focus in my last year as governor.

Gov. Daugaard’s Statement on South Dakota v. Wayfair, Inc. Decision
Governor Dennis Daugaard offered the following statement in response to the United States Supreme Court's decision to grant the state's petition for a writ of certiorari in South Dakota v. Wayfair, Inc.: "I am very pleased that the United States Supreme Court has agreed to hear this case. I hope this means the Court is open to revisiting the important issue of taxation of online sales."

News Tips
Gov. Dennis Daugaard will present tourism industry awards and reveal the 2017 economic impact results of the tourism industry.


Chairman Boyd Gourneau to deliver the 3rd Annual State of the Tribes Address
Lower Brule Sioux Tribe Chairman Boyd Gourneau will deliver the 3rd Annual State of the Tribes Address tomorrow, Thursday, Jan. 11, at 1 p.m. CST before the South Dakota Legislature. A couple topics Chairman Gourneau will address are meth use and healthcare.


Governor Seeking Summer Intern Applicants
Gov. Dennis Daugaard is currently seeking applications for the 2018 Governor’s Office internship program in Pierre. The positions will be paid and run from May through August 2018.

Governor's Column: Another Way To Manage The Cold
With the extremely cold weather we have recently experienced, I am reminded how important it is to plan for it. This doesn’t just mean stocking long underwear and packing emergency kits in cars.

News Tips
Gov. Dennis Daugaard give his annual State of the State address in the House Chamber of the Capitol Building.


Gov. Daugaard To Give State of the State Address On Tuesday
Gov. Dennis Daugaard will give the 2018 State of the State Address on Tuesday, Jan. 9, at 1 p.m. CST in the state House Chamber.


Gov. Daugaard Announces The Release Of The Fiscal Year 2017 CAFR
The state’s Comprehensive Annual Financial Report (CAFR) for fiscal year 2017 is now available for the public to review. The South Dakota Bureau of Finance and Management (BFM) made the report public on Friday, Dec. 29, 2017, meeting its goal of a December release.


Gov. Daugaard Orders State Capitol Flags At Half-Staff For Former Sen. Robert Miller
Gov. Dennis Daugaard is ordering flags to fly half-staff at the State Capitol on Tuesday, Jan. 2, to honor the life of former state Sen. Robert L. ‘Bob’ Miller.

Gov. Daugaard To Appoint Michael Diedrich To District 34 House Seat
Gov. Dennis Daugaard announced today that he will appoint Michael Diedrich of Rapid City to fill the District 34 vacancy in the State House of Representatives.

Governor's Column: The Legion Lake Fire
There is no place like Custer State Park. Each year nearly 2 million people from all over the world come to see the buffalo, drive the wildlife loop, hike Lover’s Leap, fish on Legion Lake, and swim and kayak at Sylvan.

News Tips
Gov. Dennis Daugaard will be the keynote speaker at the Rapid City Economic Development Partnership Annual Meeting at the Rushmore Plaza Holiday Inn.


Governor's Column: Memories Of Christmas
I have many fond memories of Christmas. One year, I remember singing Christmas carols in Dell Rapids with my 4-H club. Afterward, we ended the evening at the Lutheran Church where we sang Silent Night with all the lights out and only the Christmas tree lit.

News Tips
The South Dakota Department of Labor and Regulation will hold itinerant office hours. Both job seekers and employers interested in receiving employment and career services at no cost may visit or call during these office hours.


Juvenile Justice Annual Report Released
The Juvenile Justice Public Safety Improvement Act Oversight Council today released its annual report, which outlines the progress made under the juvenile justice reforms brought by the Governor and Chief Justice David Gilbertson and passed by the State Legislature in 2015.


Gov. Daugaard Approves FirstNet Opt-In For South Dakota
Gov. Dennis Daugaard has given approval for the establishment of a public safety broadband network that will provide South Dakota’s first responders with advanced communication technologies.

Governor's Column: Christmas at the Capitol
If you want to see the Christmas season in full display, make time to visit your state capitol for the annual displays created for Christmas at the Capitol. E

News Tips
Gov. Dennis Daugaard will be speak at the Vermillion Rotary Meeting at the Neuharth Center, USD Campus, Vermillion.


Governor's Column: Confronting the Realities of Another Lean Year
The Capitol Building was a busy place on Dec. 5 when lawmakers came to town for the annual Budget Address.

News Tips
Gov. Dennis Daugaard will speak at the Wreath Laying Ceremony to honor veterans as part of the Wreaths Across America campaign. The ceremony will take place at the Capitol Lake Veterans Memorial.


President Asks For Flags At Half-Staff In Remembrance Of Pearl Harbor
President Trump has called for flags to be flown at half-staff from 8 a.m. until sunset on Thursday, Dec. 7, in observance of National Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day.

Gov. Daugaard Invites Nominations For District 34 House Seat
Gov. Dennis Daugaard is asking the public to nominate candidates to fill the vacant seat in the State House of Representatives from District 34.


Governor's Column: A Man Who Made The Most Of His Time
Thanksgiving is an opportunity to reflect on our blessings, and to spend time with family and friends. This year, though, the holiday took on a somber note, because on Wednesday night I received word of the passing of Rep. Craig Tieszen.

News Tips
Gov. Dennis Daugaard will speak at the South Dakota FFA Leadership Development Event at the Ramkota Hotel in Pierre.


Gov. Daugaard To Give Budget Address On Tuesday
Gov. Dennis Daugaard will give the annual Budget Address on Tuesday, Dec. 5, at 1 p.m. CST in the state House Chamber. Viewers can tune in live to the Budget Address and the press conference scheduled for 3 p.m. via Gov. Daugaard’s Facebook page.

Gov. Daugaard Requests Flags At Half-Staff To Honor Rep. Craig Tieszen
Gov. Dennis Daugaard has requested that all flags in the state be flown at half-staff from 8 a.m. until sunset on Monday, Dec. 4, to honor the life of state Rep. Craig Tieszen, of Rapid City, on the day of his funeral.