January 14, 2020
Mike Tanner


PIERRE, S.D.—South Dakota Governor Kristi Noem boldly proclaimed the state is, “open for business” during her second State of the State speech today.

Noem, in an hour long address to a joint session of the Legislature, touted South Dakota’s tax-friendly reputation…..


The governor went on to touch on a wide range of topics, education, the need for more affordable housing, and the importance of tourism to South Dakota….



On the issue of hemp, Noem told lawmakers, “I don’t think it’s a good idea,” then went on to say she’s willing to sign a hemp bill under certain conditions…



Lake Area Tech was touched on in the governor’s remarks as she talked about the impact of South Dakota’s four technical schools…



Governor Noem talked about an anti-drug campaign that’s been the focus of much ridicule. The anti-meth campaign with the slogan, “Meth, We’re On It” was rolled out recently….



The governor recognized two Sturgis police officers who rescued a man from a burning home in 2018, and four officers who rescued three survivors from the wreckage of a plane crash near Chamberlain two days after Thanksgiving. Noem says they will be the first recipients of the Governor’s Award for Heroism.