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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 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.


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.

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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.

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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.

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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.