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SD Attorney General To Lead National Group

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The National Association of Attorneys General has a new president. It’s Marty Jackley. South Dakota’s AG now leads the group of people from all 50 states, Washington, DC and United States territories. Members held the election at this week’s annual conference.

South Dakota Attorney General Marty Jackley says he already has the priority for his year-long leadership: policing in the 21st century.

“There are several Attorneys General that have had some very controversial officer-involved shootings, Certainly we are struggling with some of the challenges of body-worn cameras, drones,” Jackley says. “The technology certainly gives us a wonderful tool to better protect the public, but it also has many different legal dynamics that the Attorneys General can work together to get through some of these challenges.”

Jackley says each Attorney General advocates for his or her area, but they collaborate when examining national mandates and helping to improve law enforcement.

“We are an organization that, unlike many things you see in Washington, we have Republican and Democrat co-chairs on all of our major committees,” Jackley says. “My president-elect-to-be is the Democrat Attorney General from Connecticut. Obviously the president that just finished is the Democrat Attorney General from Mississippi. And we do a wonderful job in the organization of really working together."

Jackley says Attorneys General from across the nation are coming to South Dakota in May to partner on legal issues arising in the United States.

Kealey Bultena grew up in South Dakota, where her grandparents took advantage of the state’s agriculture at nap time, tricking her into car rides to “go see cows.” Rarely did she stay awake long enough to see the livestock, but now she writes stories about the animals – and the legislature and education and much more. Kealey worked in television for four years while attending the University of South Dakota. She started interning with South Dakota Public Broadcasting in September 2010 and accepted a position with television in 2011. Now Kealey is the radio news producer stationed in Sioux Falls. As a multi-media journalist, Kealey prides herself on the diversity of the stories she tells and the impact her work has on people across the state. Kealey is always searching for new ideas. Let her know of a great story! Find her on Facebook and twitter (@KealeySDPB).