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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.


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.

Governor's Column: An Unglamorous, Yet Necessary, Undertaking
The word that best sums up the public trust held by elected officials is stewardship. Stewardship – the careful and responsible management of something entrusted to one's care – has been my goal as governor.

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.

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Gov. Dennis Daugaard will speak at the U.S. Senate Commerce Committee meeting. The topic of discussion is titled Connecting America: Improving Access to Infrastructure for Communities Across the Country.


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.

Gov. Daugaard Signs Nurse Practitioner Bill
Gov. Dennis Daugaard has signed a bill relating to licensure of nurse practitioners and nurse midwives into law.


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.


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.

Governor's Column: Steps Forward In Mental Health
A significant number of Americans struggle with mental illness. For many the struggle is silent. Some experience short-term mental health problems. It’s not uncommon for individuals temporarily to face mild forms of mental illness at some point during their lives.

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Gov. Dennis Daugaard will attend the 2017 National Governors Association Winter Meeting in Washington, DC.


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.


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


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.


Governor's Column: South Dakota's Gun Laws
Gun control measures have been gaining ground in some places around the nation in recent years. In the more urban areas of the country and along the coasts, people are more wary, and perhaps fearful, of guns.

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Gov. Dennis Daugaard will speak at the 2017 Governor's Awards in the Arts banquet at the Ramkota in Pierre.


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.

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.


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.


Governor's Column: Pursuing Constitutional Reforms
Being governor is a serious responsibility, and I’ve never taken it lightly. Sometimes, it means making a difficult decision that is necessary, but unpopular to some.

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.

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Gov. Dennis Daugaard is speaking at the Nurses Day Legislature Luncheon at the Ramkota.


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.

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.


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.


Governor's Column: Washington Looking To The States
On Friday, Jan. 20, I was in Washington, D.C., among the many who attended the inaugural ceremonies for our 45th President.

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Gov. Dennis Daugaard will speak at the 2017 South Dakota Lions Convention which is being held at the AmericInn, Ft. Pierre.


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.


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.


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.