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Governor Noem Signs Executive Orders

May 24, 2022
Yesterday, Governor Kristi Noem signed two executive orders. Read more . . .

Flags at Half-Staff at State Capitol in Honor of Former State Senator John "Joe" Reedy

May 23, 2022
PIERRE, S.D. – Today, Governor Kristi Noem ordered that flags be flown at half-staff at the State Capitol from sunrise until sunset on Saturday, May 28, 2022, in honor of the passing of John "Joe" Reedy, a former state Representative and Senator. Reedy served in the House from 1991-1996 and in the Senate from 1997-2004. Read more . . .

South Dakota is a 2nd Amendment Sanctuary

May 20, 2022
Over the past two years, America has seen some of the most concerning attacks on freedom in our history. Governments seized previously unimagined power over our day-to-day lives. Churches were forced to close, forsaking freedom of religion. Big tech and government alike attempted to police speech, something that is supposed to be free for all. And though the Supreme Court seems poised to advance the right to life of all people, renewed attacks on that right are only just beginning. Read more . . .

Honoring Those with the Courage to Serve

May 15, 2022
Last week, I had the humbling opportunity to speak at the annual Law Enforcement Memorial service in Pierre. We honored 68 brave South Dakotans in local, state, and federal law enforcement who showed courage by giving up their lives in service to our people. Read more . . .

Governor Noem Orders State of Emergency for Storm Response

May 13, 2022
Today, Gov. Kristi Noem issued a State of Emergency and ordered state personnel and resources to communities impacted by the damaging storms that occurred Thursday in eastern South Dakota. The Department of Public Safety’s Office of Emergency Management has opened an Emergency Operations Center to coordinate the response with local government authorities. Read more . . .

South Dakota Strong

May 13, 2022
Nature has a way of humbling us, of stepping into our lives with previously unthought power and reminding us what truly matters. That's how I felt these past two days while surveying storm damage across much of South Dakota. Read more . . .

State Agencies Provide Storm Assistance

May 13, 2022
Gov. Kristi Noem has ordered South Dakota’s National Guard and the Department of Public Safety’s Wildland Fire Division and Highway Patrol to provide assistance to those eastern South Dakota communities impacted by Thursday’s severe storms. Read more . . .

Flags at Half-Staff in Honor Fallen Law Enforcement Officers and South Dakotans Who Died from COVID-19

May 12, 2022
PIERRE, S.D. – Today, Governor Kristi Noem ordered that flags be flown at half-staff statewide immediately until sunset on Monday, May 16, 2022, in honor of South Dakota law enforcement officers who have fallen in the line of duty and the 2,917 South Dakotans who have perished from COVID-19. Read more . . .

South Dakota Loves the Outdoors

May 06, 2022
When you think about South Dakota, you can’t help but picture the great outdoors. The beautiful Black Hills, with their mix of mountain ranges and rolling prairies. The mighty Missouri River — winding across the state and feeding thousands of miles of riverbed and streams. Read more . . .

Gov. Noem Proclaims Today Missing and Murdered Indigenous Persons Awareness Day

May 05, 2022
Today, Governor Noem proclaimed May 5th as Missing and Murdered Indigenous Persons Awareness Day in South Dakota. Read more . . .

Go Big, Go South Dakota Tourism

Apr 29, 2022
There has never been a better time to talk about tourism in South Dakota. May 1-7 is National Travel and Tourism Week (NTTW) across the country. In South Dakota, we celebrate the Great Faces, Great Places that make our state the greatest vacation destination in America. Read more . . .

Opportunity, Not Difficulty

Apr 22, 2022
An optimistic mindset can change more than just how we see the world – it can change everything about our lives. Read more . . .

The Week to Celebrate Life

Apr 14, 2022
Everywhere we turn, we see symbols of renewal and rebirth. Spring snows blanket Custer State Park while buffalo calves are being born on the prairie. Elsewhere, the snow has turned to rain showers — a blessing to all, especially our farmers preparing the fields for spring planting. Read more . . .

The Lessons of History

Apr 08, 2022
I love learning about history. When I see the granite faces on Mount Rushmore, I always want to learn more about the men enshrined there. When I walk through downtown Rapid City and see the bronze statues of our presidents, I want to learn more about each of their successes and failures. I love the stories — and we can learn powerful lessons from those stories. Read more . . .

Gov. Noem Restricts Critical Race Theory in K-12 Schools

Apr 05, 2022
Today, Governor Kristi Noem signed Executive Order 2022-02, which restricts the teaching of Critical Race Theory in K-12 education in South Dakota. Read more . . .

Serving Veterans, Supporting Soldiers

Apr 01, 2022
April marks Month of the Military Child, an annual celebration where communities across the country lift up the sons and daughters of our military heroes. During this time, we remember that the men and women in uniform are not the only ones who sacrifice for our country – their families sacrifice time together. Sometimes they even sacrifice the life of their loved ones. Read more . . .

Gov. Noem Supports Returning Federal Housing Dollars

Mar 31, 2022
Today, the South Dakota Housing & Development Authority (SDHDA) returned $81.5 million in unused Emergency Rental Assistance funds to the federal government. Read more . . .

Gov. Noem Appoints Michael Houdyshell as Secretary of Revenue

Mar 29, 2022
Today, Governor Kristi Noem announced that she is appointing Michael Houdyshell to serve as Secretary of the Department of Revenue (DOR), effective April 1, 2022. Read more . . .

Gov. Noem Appoints Joan Adam as Secretary of Health

Mar 29, 2022
Today, Governor Kristi Noem announced that she is appointing Joan Adam to serve as Secretary of the Department of Health (DOH), effective immediately. Joan has been serving in this role in an interim capacity since January. Read more . . .

Gov. Noem Signs Remaining Bills into Law

Mar 25, 2022
Governor Kristi Noem has signed all remaining bills into law. Read more . . .

Gov. Noem Vetoes Three Bills

Mar 25, 2022
Today, Governor Kristi Noem vetoed three bills: Senate Bill 151, House Bill 1223, and House Bill 1281. Read more . . .

Gov. Noem Signs Housing Bill into Law

Mar 25, 2022
Governor Kristi Noem has signed HB 1033, which makes an appropriation for the provision of housing infrastructure loans and grants, into law. Read more . . .

Taking Care of People

Mar 25, 2022
South Dakota is in the middle of a healthcare boom. While the strain of the pandemic has challenged this industry across the country, our state has remained resilient. A new study from WalletHub ranked South Dakota the No. 1 best state for doctors to work in. Last year, that same firm ranked our state in the Top 10 for work environment for nurses. Read more . . .

Gov. Noem Signs Appropriations Bills into Law

Mar 24, 2022
Today, Governor Kristi Noem signed 14 appropriations bills into law. These bills provide for the 133rd consecutive year of balanced budgets in South Dakota: Read more . . .

Gov. Noem Signs Dakota State University Cyber Research Bills into law

Mar 24, 2022
Today, Governor Kristi Noem signed legislation to expand the cyber research industry in South Dakota by enhancing programming and job opportunities at Dakota State University. Read more . . .

Gov. Noem Signs Pro-Life Bills into Law

Mar 23, 2022
Today, Governor Kristi Noem signed two pro-life bills into law, including HB 1318, which prohibits medical abortion by telemedicine and increases the penalty for the unlicensed practice of medicine when performing a medical abortion. Read more . . .

Gov. Noem Signs Water and Infrastructure Bills into Law

Mar 22, 2022
Today, Governor Kristi Noem signed water and infrastructure bills into law, including SB 62, funds $600 million in grants for eligible water projects statewide, and SB 50, which funds an additional $60 million for state government water projects. Read more . . .

Gov. Noem Repeals Concealed Carry Fees, Signs Tax Reforms and “Open for Business” Bills into Law

Mar 22, 2022
Governor Kristi Noem has signed tax reforms and “Open for Business” bills into law, including SB 212, which repeals all concealed carry fees for South Dakota residents. Read more . . .

Gov. Noem Appoints Jim Terwilliger as Commissioner of the Bureau of Finance and Management

Mar 21, 2022
Today, Governor Kristi Noem announced that Jim Terwilliger will be serving as the new Commissioner of the Bureau of Finance and Management, effective April 1. Read more . . .

Gov. Noem Signs College CRT Bill and Education Bills into Law

Mar 21, 2022
Today, Governor Kristi Noem signed HB 1012, which prohibits colleges from requiring students and teachers to attend trainings or orientations based on Critical Race Theory. Read more . . .

Gov. Noem Asks VA Secretary McDonough to Shift Course and Not Betray our Veterans

Mar 21, 2022
Today, in a letter to Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Secretary Denis McDonough, Governor Kristi Noem asks the Secretary to reconsider the VA’s recommendations to close and downsize veterans’ healthcare facilities throughout South Dakota. You can read the letter here. Read more . . .

Gov. Noem Signs Military and Veterans Bills into Law

Mar 21, 2022
Today, Governor Kristi Noem signed legislation to improve readiness capabilities for the South Dakota National Guard: Read more . . .

Gov. Noem Signs Bills to Take Care of People

Mar 18, 2022
Today, Governor Kristi Noem signed bills to take care of the South Dakota people, including SB 58, which funds both the construction of a new state public health lab and the renovation of the existing lab. Read more . . .

The Hope of Springtime

Mar 18, 2022
Sunday, March 20 marks the first day of Spring — at 10:33 a.m. CT/9:33 a.m. MT precisely, according to the Farmer’s Almanac. Spring is a crucial season for both of our state’s two largest industries: agriculture and tourism. Read more . . .

Governor Noem Signs Medical Cannabis and Hemp Bills into Law

Mar 18, 2022
Today, Governor Kristi Noem signed six medical cannabis and hemp bills into law. Implementing these bills will be part of Governor Noem’s focus on implementing a safe and responsible medical cannabis program that is the most patient-focused in the country. Read more . . .

Gov. Noem Signs “Zuck Bucks” Ban and Good Government Bills into Law

Mar 16, 2022
Today, Governor Kristi Noem signed SB 122, which prohibits private funding of election costs. Read more . . .

Gov. Noem Blasts National Park Service for Denying Mount Rushmore Fireworks Permit

Mar 15, 2022
Today, in a letter to the South Dakota Department of Tourism, the National Park Service (NPS) denied Governor Kristi Noem’s permit application for the 2022 Mount Rushmore Fireworks Celebration. Read more . . .

Gov. Noem Signs Public Safety Bills into Law

Mar 15, 2022
Today, Governor Kristi Noem signed 19 public safety and criminal justice bills into law, including SB 53, which will facilitate the building of a community work center for female offenders in Rapid City. Read more . . .

South Dakota: The State for Business

Mar 11, 2022
During my first State of the State address, I announced I wanted South Dakota to lead the nation, raising the bar in everything we do. We immediately got to work on that, earning big wins like Constitutional Carry and the Second Century Initiative to grow pheasant and wildlife habitat. Now, South Dakota will raise the bar in economic development. Read more . . .

Gov. Noem Signs Bills into Law

Mar 10, 2022
Today, Governor Kristi Noem signed three bills into law: Read more . . .

Gov. Noem Signs Bills into Law

Mar 10, 2022
Yesterday, Governor Kristi Noem signed 23 bills into law: Read more . . .

Gov. Noem Signs Bills into Law

Mar 08, 2022
Today, Governor Kristi Noem signed 16 bills into law: Read more . . .

Gov. Noem Signs Bills into Law

Mar 07, 2022
Today, Governor Kristi Noem signed 24 bills into law: Read more . . .

Two Years Later…

Mar 04, 2022
They say hindsight is 20-20. Looking back at the year 2020 in hindsight, we now can say that South Dakota consistently made the right decisions during the pandemic. Read more . . .

Gov. Noem Promises to Defend Veterans from Biden’s Betrayal

Mar 04, 2022
Today, Governor Kristi Noem promised to defend South Dakota veterans against President Biden and the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) from their plan to close and downsize several VA facilities in South Dakota. Governor Noem issued the following statement: Read more . . .

Gov. Noem Signs Bills into Law

Mar 03, 2022
Today, Governor Kristi Noem signed six bills into law. Read more . . .

The Home Stretch

Feb 25, 2022
This past Wednesday, the South Dakota Legislature hit one of its biggest milestones of the legislative session: Crossover Day. Read more . . .

Gov. Noem Signs Bills into Law

Feb 24, 2022
Yesterday, Governor Kristi Noem signed six bills into law: Read more . . .

Gov. Noem Launches Citizen Portal Website

Feb 18, 2022
Today, Governor Kristi Noem announced the launch of the South Dakota Citizen Portal, an updated sd.gov website that will modernize citizen services. Read more . . .

Gov. Noem Signs Bills into Law

Feb 17, 2022
Today, Governor Kristi Noem signed nine bills into law: Read more . . .
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