Governor Dennis Daugaard

Daugaard Bids Farewell To His Last Legislature

Mar 26, 2018

South Dakota Governor Dennis Daugaard gave his farewell address to the state legislature on Monday.

The annual Veto Day is the last time a legislature convenes before officially adjourning for the session.  That took place Monday.

During his speech, the governor says he’s proud of the example lawmakers set for fiscal management.

  

South Dakota lawmakers are rejecting the governor’s bill to allow a temporary license for practicing professionals who move from another state.

House Bill 1319 would establish compacts with several western states to grant licensed professionals a temporary license to work while they work toward accreditation in the member state they just moved to.

But the bill dies in the house.

December Revenues Higher Than Current Projections

Feb 9, 2018
Lee Strubinger / SDPB

Earlier this week, state officials released tax receipts for collections made at the end of January.

Those collections reflect the month of December, a high shopping season.

Revenues are over $18 million than currently projected.

Governor Dennis Daugaard says he’s cautiously optimistic about the numbers.

In The Moment ... January 22, 2018 Show 260 Hour 2

South Dakota Governor Dennis Dauggard joins In the Moment for a conversation about the SDSU Precision Ag Facility, his support of newly-appointed Secretary of Education Don Kirkegaard, and the need for apprenticeship programs in South Dakota.

Daugaard To Fill Supreme Court Vacancy In Summer

Jan 19, 2018
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South Dakota Governor Dennis Daugaard says he will appoint a justice to a looming vacant seat on the Supreme Court.

Justice Glen Severson will retire his seat in the summer. Daugaard is term limited this year.

Unlike the US Supreme Court, the state’s highest court must take every case appealed to it. Daugaard says the volume of cases grow every year. He says there’s a workload that must be handled.

In The Moment ... January 10, 2018 Show 253 Hour 2

Dakota Political Junkies Seth Tupper and Jonathan Ellis join In the Moment host Lori Walsh for a look at the first week of the 2018 legislative session in South Dakota. We talk about Governor Dennis Daugaard's State of the State address and more.

In The Moment ... December 13, 2017 Show 239 Hour 2 

Dakota Political Junkies Jon Hunter and Jonathan Ellis join In the Moment host Lori Walsh to discuss the week's top political headlines. We talk about U.S. Senator John Thune's call for character in Washington, Governor Dennis Duagaard's letter to the Des Moines Register defending Wall Drug and South Dakota's tax structure, and more.

In The Moment ... December 7, 2017 Show 235 Hour 1 

South Dakota Governor Dennis Daugaard joins In the Moment host Lori Walsh for a conversation about the FY19 budget address and what's ahead for South Dakota.

South Dakota’s chief executive says he’s concerned by the rhetoric surrounding federal tax reform.

Meanwhile, Congressional Republicans are pushing forward. Congresswoman Kristi Noem says they hope a conference report on tax reform will drop in the coming weeks.

Both Senator John Thune and Congresswoman Kristi Noem are on the conference committee where they will hash out the differences between each chamber, and send that bill back for a vote.

Noem says she hopes the tax reform proposal is signed before Christmas.

In The Moment ... December 6, 2017 Show 234 Hour 2 

SDPB's Lee Strubinger covered Governor Dennis Daugaard's FY19 Budget Address in Pierre. He provides a recap on today's show.

South Dakota state government will have to tighten its belt once again as they head into the 2018 legislative session.

On Tuesday, Governor Dennis Daugaard outlined his vision to fund state government through the rest of his time in office. This upcoming session is his last as governor.

Tieszen Remembered As 'The Ponderer' At Funeral

Dec 4, 2017
Lee Strubinger / SDPB

State Representative Craig Tieszen was buried on Monday.
 
He died on Thanksgiving during a kayaking incident in the Cook Islands while attempting to save his brother in law.
 
Tieszen leaves behind a statesman’s legacy.

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In The Moment ... November 27, 2017 Show 227 Hour 1

Canadian Consul General Paul Connors is based in Minneapolis. He recently visited South Dakota to visit with Governor Dennis Daugaard. We spoke with him last week after that visit. We talked about the role of a consul general, Canada's 150th birthday, and, most importantly, the economic partnership between South Dakota farms and businesses and our neighbor to the north.

In The Moment ... October 24, 2017 Show 205 Hour 1

Depending upon your hardiness, you still have miles to go on your bike this fall before hanging it up in the garage. Larry Rohrer returns with more from SDPB's digital series about bike trails throughout the state. This time we hit the trails with Governor Dennis Daugaard and Lt. Governor Matt Michels in Pierre.

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South Dakota Governor Dennis Daugaard says he expects to hear from the federal government about a state-funded Small Business Investment Company license.

Daugaard says that state-sponsored company will provide investments in early stage startups in South Dakota. The company is called Enterprise 605.

Daugaard says it’s a source of dollars will give fledgling South Dakota companies some extra help.

Kealey Bultena / SDPB

Before the Affordable Care Act went into effect, South Dakota had as many as 17 individual health insurance providers. Now the state has two, Avera and Sanford.

Conservative state leaders say that happened because Obamacare forced insurers out of the marketplace.

However, the CEO of Avera Health Plans says the state’s market isn’t big enough to host 17 individual health providers.

“Before the Affordable Care Act, South Dakota had 17 insurers offering individual health insurance policies. Now we just have two,” says Governor Dennis Daugaard.

In The Moment ... August 3, 2017 Show 148 Hour 2

Today in Sioux Falls, the first workshop of the Western Governors' Workforce Development Initiative is underway. It's the central policy initiative of South Dakota Governor Dennis Daugaard's term as chair of the Western Governors' Association. It seeks to bridge the gap between workers and employers in the west in the hopes of building a more vibrant regional economy. This morning Governor Daugaard addressed the audience. We bring you Governor Daugaard's remarks from this morning.

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South Dakota’s congressional delegation is still intent to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act, or Obamacare.

Healthcare leaders in South Dakota say congressional legislative proposals could hurt the state.

Barb Storbeck helps people enroll for health insurance through the exchange set up by the Affordable Care Act.

She says many of her clients were getting health insurance for the first time.

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South Dakota’s governor says federal health care reform can benefit the state’s working poor. The United States Congress failed to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act. South Dakota’s top official says a different federal change can save tens of millions of dollars.

To understand health care in South Dakota’s future, start in the past. The Affordable Care Act offers subsidies for people with low incomes down to the poverty line. Below that the law needed states to expand Medicaid to cover the working poor.

Victoria Wicks

Pending approval, the Keystone XL pipeline will pass across the state of South Dakota, through Buffalo, Murdo and Winner. The pipeline also crosses the river near the Cheyenne River Reservation.

A protest against the Dakota Access Pipeline near Standing Rock in North Dakota went on for months.
That’s prompted the state to prepare for potential demonstrations. It starts with one piece of legislation.

Governor Vetos Gun Bills And Three Others

Mar 17, 2017

Governor Dennis Daugaard is vetoing five bills that reached his desk. Two of those bills would have expanded gun laws in the state.
 
Two gun bills Governor Daugaard vetoed allow persons with an enhanced concealed carry permit to carry in the capitol, and another repealed concealed carry permit requirements altogether.
 
Daugaard says security at the capitol is ample. Since the sheriffs and police chiefs association oppose getting rid of concealed carry without a permit, he opposed that bill as well.
 

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Governor Dennis Daugaard has signed a bill that allows faith-based adoption agencies to use their discretion when placing children…

Daugaard says the bill is legislation that’s been distributed to multiple states. He points to language in the bill about tax credits…

Lee Strubinger / SDPB

Due to a budget shortfall, the proposed Spearfish Canyon land transfer is on hold.

The legislature adopted revenues that were $25 million shorter than previously projected.

That’s mostly due to lagging state sales tax revenue.

Governor Dennis Daugaard says the public input sessions will continue. He says even if they’re only about land the state already owns.

Photo by Victoria Wicks

Governor Dennis Daugaard’s office is expanding state statute to handle any potential pipeline demonstrations in the future.
 
The bill comes a few weeks after President Donald Trump greenlighted the Dakota Access and Keystone XL pipelines.
 
There’s concern over methods the governor’s office took to change state law.
 
Governor Daugaard’s office took a relatively empty bill called a shell bill, and stuffed it full of ten changes and additions to state statue.
 
The method is called a hog house amendment.
 

Lawmakers have $25 Million Less To Spend This Session

Feb 14, 2017
Kealey Bultena / SDPB

South Dakota lawmakers will have much less to spend this legislative session.

The Joint Committee on Appropriations approved revenue projections that are over $25 million less than what the governor had originally projected.

The state is seeing lower than expected growth in sales taxes due primarily to a downturn in the agriculture economy and lower tourism revenue over the last year.  

Governor Dennis Daugaard says that’s been the case each month for fiscal year 20-17…

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Governor Dennis Daugaard indicates there might not be enough state funds to execute a land swap with the federal government over Little Spearfish Canyon.
 
Daugaard says the state has to first fill a budget shortfall, unless revenues pick up.
 
Governor Daugaaard says the state has to focus on funding a revenue shortfall before considering financing the land swap.
 

State Adds Electronic Devices To Wiretapping Law

Feb 3, 2017

Governor Dennis Daugaard signed a bill this morning that adds electronic devices to the state’s wiretapping laws.

More specifically, Daugaard says the bill allows law enforcement to monitor cell phone calls.

“The bills intent was not to intercept emails or intercept text messages. The intent was to tap into audible cell phones.”

Daugaard says the move is part of the state’s attempt to address the methamphetamine epidemic.

Spearfish Canyon Land Swap Proposal Only The Beginning

Jan 31, 2017
Lee Strubinger / SDPB

The first of four public input sessions was held last week regarding a land transfer between the state of South Dakota and federal government.

On the table is a similar amount of grassland acreage for an area of Little Spearfish Canyon. Governor Dennis Daugaard says he’d like to see a state park. Critics of the land swap want to see the land stay in the hands of the National Park Service.

I’m walking along the Roughlock Falls Hiking Trail with my friend Marcel. The trail winds along Little Spearfish Creek from the dam near Savoy and on back.

Daugaard Says He Will Veto Transgender Locker Room Bill

Jan 26, 2017
Kealey Bultena / SDPB

South Dakota Governor Dennis Daugaard says as it’s currently written, he will veto the transgender locker room bill if it reaches his desk.
 
Senate Bill 115 defines a person’s sex based on anatomy. It states that locker rooms, showers and changing facilities in public schools, shall be for use by persons of only the same sex.
 
The bill also states school districts can provide accommodations for transgender students.
 

Governor Dennis Daugaard supports the efforts to repeal I-M 22. 

By a single vote, the State Senate Education Committee will have the full senate look at a bill that exempts teachers from penalties for teaching scientific theories that aren’t necessarily based on fact.

Some South Dakota lawmakers want to loosen regulations on nursing home beds. One measure allows nursing homes to move certain beds within organizations…or sell them. 

Leadership Says Current Wiretapping Statute Hardly Used

Jan 20, 2017

State Republican legislative leaders say if the governor’s proposal to add electronic devices to the state’s wiretapping laws passes both chambers, it won’t be used much in the future.

They say at this time the current statute is sparsely used.

House Majority Leader Lee Qualm says he asked several South Dakota judges about the proposed wiretapping statute.

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