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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 peaceful transition of power in Washington, D.C., and South Dakota’s priorities for federal health care reform.

Governor’s Statement on Rep. Wollmann’s Resignation
Gov. Dennis Daugaard issued the following statement today regarding the resignation of District 8 Rep. Matthew Wollmann.


South Dakota Officials Weigh In On National Health Care Debate
South Dakota state officials are weighing in on the national health care debate. Gov. Dennis Daugaard, the Department of Social Services and the Division of Insurance provided input at the request of federal lawmakers this month on how Medicaid, insurance regulations and IHS can be improved.

Governor's Column: Taking On The Meth Problem
I recently heard a story about a young man who was exposed to meth as a child. The young man, named Chris, grew up around meth and the violence that the drug brings. Like any normal kid, he wanted attention from the adults in his life.

News Tips
Gov. Dennis Daugaard will be a guest on South Dakota Public Radio’s In the Moment with Lori Walsh.


Gov. Daugaard Orders State Capitol Flags At Half-Staff For Former State Legislator Kenny McNenny
Flags at the State Capitol will fly at half-staff on Saturday, Jan. 21, to honor the life of former legislator Kenneth George “Kenny” McNenny of Sturgis, who passed away on Tuesday, Jan. 17.


Governor's Column: Amazon's Big Step In The Right Direction
South Dakota is a state with a low tax burden. We are one of only seven states without a personal income tax. We also have no corporate income tax, no business inventory tax, no personal property tax and no inheritance tax. People who live here get to keep more of their earnings.

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Gov. Dennis Daugaard will present his 2017 State of the State Address at the Aberdeen Area Chamber of Commerce breakfast at the Dakota Events Center.


Governor's Column: Good News from the State Financial Report
This past week the state budget office issued South Dakota’s Comprehensive Annual Financial Report, or what those of us within state government sometimes refer to as “the CAFR.” The Bureau of Finance and Management made the report public on the Friday before New Year’s Day.

Gov. Daugaard Appoints Doug Sharp to GFP Commission
Gov. Dennis Daugaard announced today that he will appoint Doug Sharp of Watertown to the South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks Commission.

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Gov. Dennis Daugaard will give the State of the State Address Tuesday, Jan. 10, at 1 p.m. CST in the state House. South Dakota Public Broadcasting will broadcast the speech live on SDPB1 TV, SDPB Radio and SD.net. The State of the State Address will be archived on SDPB’s website.


Gov. Daugaard To Give State Of The State Address On Tuesday
Gov. Dennis Daugaard will give the State of the State Address Tuesday, Jan. 10, at 1 p.m. CST in the state House Chamber.


Gov. Daugaard Announces Earliest CAFR Release In 20 Years
The state Comprehensive Annual Financial Report (CAFR) for Fiscal Year 2016 is now available for the public to review. The South Dakota Bureau of Finance and Management made the report public on Friday, meeting its goal of a December release.


Governor's Column: The Importance of South Dakota’s Animal Health Laboratory
For a state like South Dakota, with five times as many cattle and twice as many hogs and chickens as we have citizens, livestock health is a big deal. We all know the tremendous impact the livestock sector has on our state’s economy, but it’s easy to forget the connection between livestock health and human health.

Gov. Daugaard Orders State Capitol Flags At Half-Staff For Former State Rep. Ervin Bader
The flags at the State Capitol will fly at half-staff on Tuesday, Jan. 3, 2017, to honor the life of former legislator Ervin Bader who passed away on Christmas Day.

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State parks in all 50 states will host First Day Hikes on New Year’s Day. Hikes will be held in eight South Dakota state parks.


Governor's Column: Remembering Friends
The years go faster as one gets older, and as 2016 closes, I have been thinking back on the past year. As always, Linda and I have much to be thankful for. We are also remembering four good friends and great South Dakotans who we lost this year.


State of South Dakota Seeks Request To Repurpose STAR Academy
The State of South Dakota is soliciting interest from qualified respondents for repurposing the State Treatment and Rehabilitation (STAR) Academy which is located South of Custer.

Final Day For Viewing Capitol Christmas Trees Dec. 26
The decorated Christmas trees in the South Dakota Capitol will only be on display through Monday.


South Dakota's electoral votes cast
Attorney General Marty Jackley and Pam Roberts joined Gov. Dennis Daugaard at the Capitol Building today to officially cast South Dakota’s electoral votes for Donald Trump and Mike Pence.


Flags To Remain At Half-Staff Until Saturday
Gov. Dennis Daugaard requests that all flags in the state remain at half-mast to honor John Glenn until sunset on Saturday, December 17, 2016.

Governor's Column: A Christmas Reminder From Laura Ingalls Wilder
Christmas is a special time in South Dakota, and it was no less special in the 1880s.

News Tips
The State Emergency Response Commission (SERC), which works closely with local emergency planners, will meet over the Digital Dakota Network at sites in Brookings, Mitchell, Pierre and Rapid City.


Gov. Daugaard Receives ‘Smart On Crime’ Recommendations
Today the Smart on Crime Workgroup delivered its report to Gov. Dennis Daugaard. The workgroup was formed this summer by the Governor to study how the regional increase in meth trafficking has impacted South Dakota’s criminal justice system and to review the progress of the Public Safety Improvement Act, which was passed in the 2013 Legislative Session.


State Awards Juvenile Diversion Funds To Counties
The State of South Dakota is awarding funds to 25 counties for successfully diverting juvenile offenders from the criminal justice system.


Governor Asks For Flags At Half-Staff In Remembrance of John Glenn
At the President’s request, Gov. Dennis Daugaard asks that all flags in the state be flown at half-staff to honor John Glenn, starting immediately, until the day of his interment.

Gov. Daugaard Names Liza Clark BFM Commissioner, Jim Terwilliger As Deputy Commissioner
Gov. Dennis Daugaard announced today that he will appoint Liza Clark of Pierre to serve as commissioner of the Bureau of Finance and Management.

Governor's Column: Budget Address Overview
Given our current revenue situation and what other states are dealing with right now, South Dakota is fortunate not to be looking at spending cuts or freezes this year.


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


Governor's Column: Preparing For A Lean Year
In 1963 Gov. Archie Gubbard signed a bill into law which requires governors to submit an annual budget report to the Legislature. The report must be given to each member of the state Legislature on the first Tuesday following the first Monday in December.

News Tips
On Thursday, Gov. Dennis Daugaard will speak about his proposed budget at a Huron Chamber coffee hour at the Huron Event Center.


Gov. Daugaard To Give Budget Address On Tuesday
Gov. Dennis Daugaard will give the annual budget address on Tuesday, Dec. 6, at 1 p.m. CST in the state House Chamber.


Gov. Daugaard Appoints Jeffrey Connolly As Seventh Circuit Judge
Gov. Dennis Daugaard announced today that he will appoint Jeffrey Connolly of Rapid City as a circuit court judge in South Dakota’s Seventh Circuit Court.


Gov. Daugaard Orders State Capitol Flags At Half-Staff For Former State Sen. Jacob Krull
Former state legislator Jacob J. “Jake” Krull of Watertown passed away on Friday, Nov. 25, 2016.


Governor's Column: Christmas at the Capitol
When she was in the third grade, Linda Krutzfeldt received a Colorado blue spruce seedling. It was 1986 and a South Dakota Department of Agriculture forester was giving an Arbor Day presentation at Linda’s school in Huron. To go along with his presentation, the forester brought little trees for the children.

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Gov. Dennis Daugaard will speak at the 68th Annual South Dakota Cattlemen’s Association Convention in Watertown at the Ramkota & Event Center.


Gov. Daugaard Orders State Capitol Flags At Half-Staff For Former State Sen. William Johnson
Former state legislator William J. “Bill” Johnson of Harding County has passed away.

Dilges Departs As BFM Commissioner
Gov. Dennis Daugaard announced today that Jason Dilges has departed his role as Commissioner of the Bureau of Finance and Management.


Gov. Daugaard Orders State Capitol Flags At Half-Staff For Former State Rep. Robert Roe
Former state legislator Robert A. “Bob” Roe of Brookings passed away on Nov. 18, 2016.


Governor Makes Appointment to State Board of Dentistry
Gov. Dennis Daugaard has appointed Dr. Nick Renemans to the State Board of Dentistry.

News Tips
Gov. Dennis Daugaard will speak at the Christmas at the Capitol Tree Lighting Ceremony. The holiday display will be open to the public from 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. daily from Nov. 23 through Dec. 26.


Governor's Column: Teacher Pay Increases
During the 2016 session, the State Legislature passed a package of three bills, based on the recommendations of the Blue Ribbon Task Force. The purpose of these bills was to direct new funding to school districts to increase teacher salaries.

Blue Ribbon Education Package Lifts Average Salary By 11.9 Percent
Preliminary data indicates that South Dakota’s teacher salaries are on track to meeting a statewide target average of $48,500, which legislators adopted earlier this year as a part of the Blue Ribbon education funding package.


Gov. Daugaard Statement On Medicaid
Gov. Dennis Daugaard offered the following statement about discussions surrounding Medicaid expansion.

Christmas At The Capitol Tree-Lighting Ceremony
The 2016 Grand Lighting Ceremony for Christmas at the South Dakota Capitol will take place in the rotunda on Tuesday, Nov. 22, at 7 p.m. CST.


Mental Health Task Force Submits Recommendations To Gov. Daugaard
The South Dakota task force studying mental health and criminal justice today submitted a report with 15 recommendations for consideration by Gov. Dennis Daugaard and the Legislature.

Gov. Daugaard To Appoint David Lust To District 34 State House Seat
Gov. Dennis Daugaard confirmed today that he will appoint Rep. David Lust of Rapid City to fill a vacant seat in the state House representing District 34.


Governor's Column: The Real Heroes
Politicians have a tendency to try to take credit for things, especially in an election year. They talk about how many jobs they’ve created, how they’ve kept our cities safe and how they’ve assisted the less fortunate. Our veterans, on the other hand, don’t seek the spotlight.

News Tips
The Public Safety Improvement Act Oversight Council will meet at the Pierre Community Work Center on Monday.


Governor's Column: SD's Rest Area Revitalization Plan
South Dakota currently has 21 rest areas, some of which were constructed as long ago as 1969. Due to age, several of these facilities are in dire need of major maintenance, renovation or complete reconstruction.

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Lt. Gov. Matt Michels will give the welcome at the 2016 South Dakota Risk and Safety Conference on Wednesday.


Gov. Daugaard Orders State Capitol Flags At Half-Staff For Former State Sen. Richard Waddell
Former state legislator Richard Waddell of Isabel passed away on Oct. 28, 2016.

Governor's Column: Decisions Are Made By Those Who Show Up
The presidential election is getting most of the attention this election season, but in South Dakota, voters are deciding much more. Of course, South Dakota has general elections this fall for U.S. Senate, U.S. House and the Public Utilities Commission. We are also voting on ten ballot measures.

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Trick-or-treaters are invited to stop by the Governor’s Mansion on Halloween.


Governor And First Lady To Welcome Halloween Visitors
Gov. Dennis Daugaard and First Lady Linda Daugaard will give Halloween treats to children who come to trick-or-treat at the Governor’s Mansion on Monday, Oct. 31, from 5:30 to 8 p.m. CDT.