Governor Dennis Daugaard kicked off the 2015 legisaltive session with his state of the state address to lawmakers on Tuesday. He proposed $50 million in new funding to help fund road and bridge projects. He said the state’s entire economy and well-being depends on road infrastructure and right now roads are underfunded.
The governor is also backing a bill to overhaul the state’s juvenile justice system. The reform measure would focus on diversion programs to help keep youth out of Department of Corrections custody. The juvenile justice reform bill comes two years after the passage of the Public Safety Improvement Act which allows for alternative sentencing along with new drug and alcohol courts.
Governor Daugaard discussed these legislative proposals on Dakota Midday.