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Gov. Daugaard Signs First Bill Of The Session

Office of Gov. Dennis Daugaard

500 E. Capitol Ave.

Pierre, S.D. 57501






FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:  Tuesday, January 30, 2018

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Gov. Daugaard Signs First Bill Of The Session


PIERRE, S.D. – 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.


“The MadLabs project is possible thanks to the generous support of Miles and Lisa Beacom and T. Denny Sanford,” said Governor Daugaard.  “This new facility is an important aspect of DSU’s plan to keep the Beacom College on the cutting edge.”


MadLabs, an applied research facility, will allow students and faculty to work upon confidential and propriety information without leaving campus, and is a part of DSU’s Beacom College of Computer and Cyber Sciences. DSU already holds four prestigious Center of Excellence designations from the National Security Agency and the Department of Homeland Security, including the most technical (for Cyber Operations) and the most prestigious (as a Cyber Defense Consultative Regional Resource Center). Dakota State is one of only four universities in the nation to have this latter distinction – and one of only two universities in the country with four or more designations.