PIERRE, South Dakota (KTIV) – South Dakota’s 2019 legislative session is officially underway.
Members of the House of Representatives, as well as the Senate, met briefly today.
But, the big kickoff to the day was Governor Kristi Noem’s historic first State of the State address.
The Governor got straight to business today, outlining a number of causes she hopes get accomplished.
She addressed the Senate and House during her speech, hitting on a number of topics.
Some of those issues include preserving pheasant habitats and developing the workforce.
Governor Noem also spoke about battling meth across the state.
She says more must be done to educate young people and crack down on the drug — and more options must be available for those hoping to overcome addiction.
The Governor also says she would like to expand broadband in Rural Communities.
“Internet access is taken for granted in urban settings but that is not the case in rural areas. this is a big problem to tackle. there are many rural areas of our state where access is not widespread. half of our counties have rural counties where one in four people don’t have this kind of broadband access.”
She also spoke about economic development and bringing more businesses to South Dakota.
Governor Noem says she’s looking toward the future.
“When other states raise taxes to bail themselves out and refuse to offer regulatory relief, we’ll be here ready now is the time to begin to search for the next big thing for South Dakota,” says Noem.
Governor Noem also spoke about growing agriculture across the state.
She says she is also making it her mission to have her administration be the most transparent one in state history.
During the State of the State, Noem also said it is her mission to make her administration the most transparent one in state’s history.
She outlined a list of ways to make that possible, including using technology to better reach South Dakotans.