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Together, We Can Do This
With the COVID-19 situation continuing to be very fluid in South Dakota, it is important for us to remember that this a marathon, not a sprint.


Noem Signs 11 Bills
PIERRE, S.D. - Governor Kristi Noem signs 11 bills today.


Noem Signs 15 Bills
PIERRE, S.D. - Governor Noem signed 15 bills today.

Noem Weekly Column: During This Time of Uncertainty, Remember to Reflect
For weeks, we’ve all been glued to the news searching for updates about COVID-19.


Noem Signs 13 Bills
PIERRE, S.D. - Governor Kristi Noem signed another package of bills today, many relating to cutting the red tape of unnecessary regulation.


Noem Signs 13 Bills
PIERRE, S.D. - The Governor signed 13 bills today and delivered two style and form vetoes on Senate Bills 20 and Senate Bill 75.


Noem Signs 19 Bills
PIERRE, S.D. - Governor Noem signed 19 bills.

Noem Signs 17 Bills
PIERRE, S.D. - Governor Noem signed 17 bills.


Noem to Hold Media Availability Tomorrow Regarding Coronavirus in South Dakota
PIERRE, S.D. – Governor Kristi Noem will hold a brief media availability tomorrow, March 24, to discuss developments surrounding coronavirus in South Dakota.

Noem Orders Capitol Flags at Half-Staff to Honor Former Legislator
PIERRE, S.D. – Governor Kristi Noem has ordered flags at the South Dakota State Capitol to be flown at half-staff from 8 a.m. until sunset on Thursday, March 26, 2020, to honor the life of former ​State Representative Patrick Kirschman.

Noem Issues Executive Order Regarding COVID-19 Guidelines
PIERRE, S.D. - On March 23, Governor Kristi Noem signed an executive order outlining guidelines for all South Dakotans, for-profit and not-for-profit employers, enclosed retail businesses that promote public gatherings, local and municipal governments, and healthcare organizations as it relates to COVID-19 in the state of South Dakota.

Noem Postpones the 2020 South Dakota Week of Work
PIERRE, S.D. – Governor Kristi Noem today announced that the 2020 South Dakota Week of Work will be postponed until the fall.


Noem Weekly Column: South Dakotans Come Together to Respond to COVID-19
With the COVID-19 situation changing rapidly, it’s hard to predict what tomorrow may bring.


Noem Signs 15 Bills
PIERRE, S.D. - Governor Noem signed 15 bills today.

SBA Approves Economic Injury Disaster Loan Fund Program Access for South Dakota
PIERRE, S.D. – South Dakota Governor Kristi Noem announced today that small businesses and non-profit organizations in South Dakota that have been negatively impacted by the global COVID-19 virus are now eligible for economic assistance from the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA).


Noem to Hold Media Availability Today Regarding Coronavirus in South Dakota
PIERRE, S.D. – Governor Kristi Noem will hold a brief media availability today, March 19, to discuss developments surrounding coronavirus in South Dakota.


Noem Signs 17 Bills
PIERRE, S.D. - Governor Noem signed 17 bills today.

Noem to Hold Brief Media Availability in Rapid City to Discuss Coronavirus
PIERRE, S.D. – Governor Kristi Noem will hold a brief media availability Wednesday, March 18, in Rapid City to discuss developments surrounding coronavirus in South Dakota.


Noem to Hold Brief Media Availability Today in Sioux Falls to Discuss Coronavirus
PIERRE, S.D. – Governor Kristi Noem will hold a brief media availability today, March 17, in Sioux Falls to discuss developments surrounding coronavirus in South Dakota.


Noem Signs 10 Bills
PIERRE, S.D. - Governor Noem signed 10 bills today, some taking effect immediately and others on July 1.

Governor Noem Works to Activate Small Business Administration’s Economic Injury Disaster Loan Fund Program in South Dakota
PIERRE, S.D. - Governor Kristi Noem and her team are working closely with the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) to activate the Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL) program in South Dakota.


Noem Signs Seven Bills
Governor Kristi Noem today signed the following pieces of legislation:


Noem Signs Seven Bills
Governor Kristi Noem signed the following legislation today:


Governor Noem Statement Regarding Coronavirus in South Dakota
Governor Kristi Noem today issued the following statement regarding COVID-19:


Noem Signs 13 Bills
Governor Kristi Noem today signed the following pieces of legislation:


Governor's Column: Preserving our Veterans Town
In early March – after years of persistent requests – Secretary Wilkie visited Hot Springs, and we FINALLY have a commitment to keep Hot Springs open and to revisit the record of decision.


Noem, DOH Continue Statewide Effort to Prepare for COVID-19
Governor Kristi Noem and the South Dakota Department of Health (SDDOH) today hosted a web discussion with more than 600 South Dakota health professionals to highlight statewide efforts to prepare for COVID-19, commonly known as coronavirus.


Noem Signs 16 Bills
Governor Kristi Noem today signed the following pieces of legislation

Noem Bill to Streamline Economic Growth Receives Broad Support from South Dakota Organizations
The following organizations have expressed their support for SB157, Noem’s legislation to ensure economic progress is possible for all of South Dakota’s communities:


Noem Signs Six Bills
Governor Kristi Noem signed the following legislation today

Noem Names Venhuizen Chief of Staff
Governor Kristi Noem announced today that she will name Tony Venhuizen as her new chief of staff. Venhuizen, who has been working with the Governor’s Office on a temporary basis since January, will be leaving his private law practice to rejoin state government.


Governor's Column: Paving a Path for Economic Progress
This year, I have requested another $5 million to continue equipping businesses in every corner of our state with this necessary tool for growth. Working with the legislature, I’m confident we can find a way to secure broadband to develop the next generation of South Dakota communities and pave the way for economic progress.


Noem Signs Legislation to Protect and Help Victims of Human Trafficking
Governor Kristi Noem today signed legislation to better protect and help victims of human trafficking in South Dakota.


Noem Appoints BIT Commissioner
Governor Kristi Noem today announced that Jeffrey Clines will join her cabinet as Commissioner of the Bureau of Information and Telecommunications (BIT). The appointment will be effective April 6.

Noem Signs Legislation to Protect South Dakota Waters from Invasive Species
Governor Kristi Noem today signed legislation to protect South Dakota’s public waters and prevent the spread of invasive species.


Noem Signs Bill to Rename South Dakota’s Technical Institutes as "Technical Colleges"
Governor Kristi Noem today signed legislation to change the names of South Dakota’s four postsecondary technical institutes to better align the schools with other institutes around the nation.


Noem Signs 14 Bills
Governor Kristi Noem today signed the following pieces of legislation:


Noem Signs Legislation to Reduce Regulations, Make Business Easier for South Dakotans
Governor Kristi Noem this week signed five bills into law that reduce regulations and make business easier for South Dakotans.


Governor's Column: Creating Fairness for Businesses and Families
In mid-February, I testified before the Senate State Affairs Committee in favor of legislation that would help make this dream a reality. Our world isn’t static, and if we’re going to keep our state’s business environment competitive, we must keep things fair, open, and honest.


Following Noem Testimony, Senate State Affairs Committee Strongly Supports SB 157
Governor Kristi Noem today testified before the Senate State Affairs Committee in support of legislation that will ensure economic progress is possible for all of South Dakota’s communities (SB 157). This was the first time a governor has testified before a committee in more than a decade.


Noem Signs Eight Bills
Governor Kristi Noem has signed the following bills during the 2020 legislative session:

Governor's Column: Driving Economic Growth, Protecting Local Control
South Dakota is the best state in the nation to do business. We have a lot of great things going for us – low taxes, low regulations, a strong work ethic – but we must constantly work to expand our horizons and advance our communities. We’re aggressively pursuing new industries and businesses that create good-paying jobs for our kids and grandkids. As we do that, we must also take a close look at existing issues that may hold back progress.

Noem, Flute, Ravnsborg Invite Tribes to Engage in MOUs for Expanded Law Enforcement Resources
Governor Kristi Noem, Attorney General Jason Ravnsborg, and Secretary of Tribal Relations David Flute yesterday invited tribal leaders and members to engage in a partnership to combine state and tribal law enforcement resources to combat drug use on reservations.


Noem, Art Leaders Announce Inaugural Governor’s Student Art Competition
Governor Kristi Noem announced the South Dakota Governor’s Student Art Competition, a new program to promote visual art among students in South Dakota.


Noem Orders Capitol Flags at Half-Staff to Honor Former Legislator
Governor Kristi Noem has ordered flags at the South Dakota State Capitol to be flown at half-staff from 8 a.m. until sunset on Saturday, February 8, 2020, to honor the life of Bernie Christenson, a former state leader and legislator.

Governor's Column: Growing South Dakota's Communities
Communities are the heartbeat of South Dakota. As I travel across the state, I hear this over and over: people love our state, and they want to preserve our special way of life for generations to come.


WTAS: Ag, Business, Community Leaders Support Noem’s Legislation to Streamline Rural Development
Governor Kristi Noem last week announced that she will introduce legislation that provides certainty and predictability for businesses and operations looking to open or expand in rural South Dakota.


Noem, Federal Representatives Continue Working Toward July 3 Fireworks Celebration at Mount Rushmore
Governor Kristi Noem last week welcomed representatives from the National Park Service and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to South Dakota to continue working toward the July 3 fireworks celebration at the Mount Rushmore National Memorial.


Governor's Column: Strengthening Rural South Dakota
In early January, along with two South Dakota producers, I was honored to be at the White House as President Trump locked in a new trade deal with China. The new U.S.-China trade agreement includes a promise to purchase approximately $80 billion of ag products over the next two years. This is a strong step forward for South Dakota’s ag community.

Noem Announces Legislation to Provide Certainty, Predictability for Rural Development
At the Black Hills Stock Show, Governor Kristi Noem today announced that she will introduce legislation that provides certainty and predictability for businesses and operations looking to open or expand in rural South Dakota.


Noem: USMCA a “Major Win” for South Dakota Producers
Governor Kristi Noem today released the following statement after President Donald Trump signed the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA).


Noem Introduces Anti-Rioting Legislation to Keep South Dakotans and Their Property Safe
Governor Kristi Noem today sent the final version of her anti-rioting legislation to legislators, tribal leaders, state’s attorneys, and other stakeholders.


Governor's Column: Connecting South Dakota
This legislative session, I will be working with your district senators and representatives to allocate another $5 million to address more of our connectivity needs.


ICYMI: Noem Takes Steps to Increase Housing Availability in South Dakota
This month, Governor Kristi Noem asked the Governor’s Office of Economic Development (GOED) to begin utilizing the Revolving Economic Development & Initiative (REDI) Fund to support multi-family, workforce housing projects.


Noem Marks 47th Anniversary of Roe v Wade Ruling, Proclaims January Sanctity of Human Life Month
To mark the 47th anniversary since the United States Supreme Court’s decision in Roe v Wade, Governor Kristi Noem has proclaimed January as Sanctity of Human Life Month.


Noem Recognizes Tribal Groups During State-Tribal Relations Day
Governor Kristi Noem this week attended the State-Tribal Relations Awards Ceremony where she presented certificates of commendation to two tribal groups who have done “extraordinary work” to combat the flow of drugs in their communities.

Governor's Column: South Dakota is OPEN for Business
One of our main priorities last year was recruiting new industries to South Dakota and helping businesses who are looking to grow or expand. And people have responded. It’s not hard to understand why. There are so many reasons why South Dakota is the best place in the nation to do business.


Noem Calls on Businesses to Register for South Dakota Week of Work
Governor Kristi Noem, in partnership with the South Dakota Chamber of Commerce and Industry and the South Dakota Retailers Association, today called on businesses to register for the South Dakota Week of Work April 20-24, 2020.


Noem Reaffirms Support of Israel, Condemns Anti-Semitism, Signs Executive Order Against BDS Campaign
Governor Kristi Noem today signed an executive order that joins 27 other states in condemning Anti-Semitism and standing against the Boycotts, Divestment, and Sanctions (BDS) campaign against Israel. The Executive Order directs state entities not to contract with businesses supporting the BDS campaign.


State of the State Preview – Governor Kristi Noem: “South Dakota is OPEN for Business”
On Tuesday, Governor Kristi Noem will deliver the annual State of the State Address. Among other topics, Noem will outline why South Dakota is the best state in the country to own and operate a business.


Governor's Column - Four Guardrails: A Path Forward for Decriminalizing Industrial Hemp
Over the last year, we’ve had a long conversation about industrial hemp. I’ve been grateful to talk with folks about the topic and hear different perspectives at townhalls, coffee shops, basketball games, and everywhere in between. On January 9, I outlined for the legislature a path forward – four guardrails, if you will – on hemp.


Four Guardrails: Noem Proposes a Path Forward for Decriminalizing Industrial Hemp
Governor Kristi Noem today sent the legislature her “Four Guardrails” for a path forward on decriminalizing industrial hemp.


Noem Appoints Schoenfish, Overweg to Serve District 19
Governor Kristi Noem today announced that she has appointed current Representative Kyle Schoenfish to fill the District 19 vacancy in the South Dakota State Senate.