Governor Kristi Noem

Jenifer Jones / SDPB


Lawmakers will debate Governor Kristi Noem’s two pipeline construction legal funds bills starting Wednesday morning.

The governor says one of those bills sets up a fund that focuses on pursuing lawsuits against those who help fund what she calls “riot boosting.”

When asking if this implicates anyone who posts bail for an individual, or who gives gas money to someone who ends up arrested, an email from the governor’s spokeswoman says, “the bill’s focus is on individuals and entities that use their wealth to support and encourage acts of violence or rioting.”

Governor Kristi Noem is introducing two bills that create separate funds that address any issues that may arise in the event of actions against the Keystone XL pipeline.

One fund sets up a litigation cost fund for the state and counties, while another will get used to bring suits against those who participate in or fund “riots.”

Governor Noem is releasing these two bills during the last full week of legislative session, and 17 working days after the deadline for bill introduction after the senate amended the rules.

Jackie Hendry

As the legislative session enters its final weeks, Governor Noem is reminding the public of her priorities for the legislature’s upcoming budget. In an address to the Sioux Falls Area Chamber of Commerce, Noem leads with a commitment to increased broadband service.

Noem says gaps in internet service have cost small towns business opportunities. She says it also puts children in the k-12 school system at a disadvantage.

Governor Kristi Noem is asking lawmakers to put a hold on repealing presumptive probation.

The Senate Judiciary committee is voting on the bill Thursday morning.

Repealing presumptive probation was a key issue for Attorney General Jason Ravnborg during his campaign.

Noem says she understands why…

Lee Strubinger's Update On Revenue Projections And Sales Taxes

Feb 15, 2019

In The Moment ... February 15, 2019 Show 517 Hour 1

SDPB's Political reporter Lee Strubinger brought an update from Pierre about revenue projections and sales taxes.

In The Moment ... February 11, 2019 Show 513 Hour 2

One of Governor Kristi Noem's early plans is to move the state's Indian Education Director from the Department of Education into the Office of Tribal Relations.

David Flute, Secretary of the South Dakota Department of Tribal Relations, discusses the planned move. He also visits about Senate Bill 126, the Indigenous Langauge bill.


The Department of Criminal Investigation is looking into whether or not the Kristi Noem campaign for governor violated state law.

The complaint alleges that violation took place when President Trump flew into Sioux Falls for a fundraiser for Noem last year.

State law says the state, counties and municipalities may not spend public funds for the purposes of influencing the election of a candidate.

According to ArgusLeader reports, cost of the President Trump fundraiser to the Sioux Falls Police Department was around 20-thousand dollars.

Gov. Noem Wants Lawmakers To Table Hemp Legislation

Feb 8, 2019

Governor Kristi Noem is asking state lawmakers to put a pause on legalizing hemp for production.

Two bills working through the legislature deal with hemp production. Noem says growth is not authorized under any state or federal programs, yet.

Governor Noem, along with the Department of Agriculture are discouraging farmers to plan on growing industrial hemp this year.

She says the state is not ready to produce industrial hemp.

Noem says she would like to wait until next session to consider the issue.

Noem Signs Permit-less Concealed Carry Legislation

Jan 31, 2019

Governor Kristi Noem is signing the bill that strips a permit requirement for those wanting to carry a concealed pistol.

It’s the first bill she’s signing as governor.


Behind a backdrop of Republican lawmakers, the first term governor signed into law Senate Bill 47 on an official desk carried out to the capitol rotunda. The bill removes the permit required for those carrying a concealed pistol.

It’s an issue that’s dogged the legislature for a few sessions. Governor Noem says she’s happy to sign the legislation.

In The Moment  ... January 29, 2019 Show 504 Hour 2

The trade war between the U.S. and China is far from over. Meanwhile, Governor Kristi Noem has laid out plans to kickstart the ag economy in South Dakota.

Farm Bureau president Scott VanderWal visits about the latest ag news which includes Representative Dusty Johnson's appointment to the House Ag Committee in Washington, D.C.

In The Moment ... January 25, 2019 Show 502 Hour 1

What does Governor Kristi Noem's budget proposal have to do with you?

In The Moment host Lori Walsh visits with Noem's Chief Financial Officer Liza Clark for a budget breakdown that's less about the numbers and more about the platform for fresh priorities for South Dakota.

Governor Kristi Noem says the biggest question facing lawmakers is the potential ramifications of repealing presumptive probation.

Attorney General Jason Ravnsborg’s bill to remove the law is awaiting a committee hearing.

Presumptive probation was signed into law in 2013 as a part of the Public Safety Improvement Act. That law requires courts to sentence a person to probation, rather than prison time, for any Class 5 or 6 felonies, which are often low-level, non-violent drug offenses.

Jenifer Jones / SDPB


State employees and education organizations are hopeful with Governor Kristi Noem’s first budget presentation.

In it, she calls for a point two percent increase in funding to both entities from what former Governor Dennis Daugaard recommended. 

Governor Noem wants a market adjustment increase in compensation for all permanent state employees of 2.5 percent.

Noem To Deliver Budget Wednesday

Jan 17, 2019

South Dakota Governor Kristi Noem says she will deliver her first budget address on Wednesday, January 23rd.

Noem says she informed legislative leadership Thursday morning.

Noem says she is using former Governor Dennis Daugaard’s budget as a starting point. She says she will make some changes, however.

Steve Munsen

In The Moment ... January 10, 2019 Show 492 Hour 1

In The Moment is spending a second consecutive day at the State Capitol meeting leaders within Governor Noem's new administration.

Greg Whitlock is the new Secretary of the Department of Veterans Affairs.

Whitlock has been a member of the South Dakota National Guard since 1975.

The decorated serviceman is a native of Selby.

Steve Munsen

In The Moment ... January 9, 2019 Show 491 Hour 2 

South Dakota Speaker of the House Steve Haugaard and Assistant Senate Majority Leader Jim Bolin highlight parts of Governor Kristi Noem's State of the State address. 

Additionally, they detail their plans for the 2019 legislature.

Haugaard and Bolin joined In The Moment host Lori Walsh at the State Capitol in Pierre.

Steve Munsen

In The Moment ... January 9, 2019 Show 491 Hour 2

The state's Democratic leaders, Senator Troy Heinert and Representative Jamie Smith, discuss Governor Noem's State of the State address and provide a preview of the 2019 legislative session in Pierre.

Dakota Political Junkies: State Of The State

Jan 9, 2019

In The Moment ... January 9, 2019 Show 491 Hour 2

Governor Kristi Noem delivered her first State of the State address in Pierre Tuesday.

The Dakota Political Junkies, Seth Tupper of the Rapid City Journal and Jon Hunter of the Madison Daily Leader, discuss what they describe as a "very different" address. 

Hitting The Ground Running

Jan 9, 2019
Steve Munsen

In The Moment ... January 9, 2019 Show 491 Hour 1

Throughout her campaign, inauguration and in her first In The Moment interview as governor, Kristi Noem has talked about "hitting the ground running."

She discusses her transition to the governor's office, issues facing South Dakota and several of her ideas that she'd like to see come to fruition as the state's new leader. 


Governor Kristi Noem says she wants to build relationships and partnerships with South Dakota’s tribal communities.

Toward the end of her first State of the State address, she says she wants the Keystone XL pipeline’s construction safe, clean and efficient.

But a Native American lawmaker says that stance will further strain tribal relations with the state.

Republican Governor Noem says she wants to build state-tribal relations. She says those bonds could address challenges tribes face in education, law and order and economic development.