Latest South Dakota state government News

Permitting process for medical marijuana underway in SD

Dec. 03, 2021 11:18 AM EST

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) — The South Dakota Department of Health is beginning to issue medical marijuana cards, but officials say it could be months before dispensaries will have anything to sell. Municipalities across the state are also receiving applications for permits from...

Noem wants to push anti-abortion argument to Supreme Court

Nov. 29, 2021 16:56 PM EST

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — South Dakota Gov. Kristi Noem on Monday sought a leading role in a pair of legal battles over abortion access as the U.S. Supreme Court neared a potentially defining moment on the issue. The Republican governor promised that if the state loses...

Noem names new leadership at Department of Corrections

Nov. 24, 2021 16:35 PM EST

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — South Dakota Gov. Kristi Noem on Wednesday appointed a new interim cabinet secretary overseeing the state's prison system, as well as named a warden for the State Penitentiary. The Republican governor said that the previous interim Secretary of...

Ex-official set to speak in Noem, appraiser agency probe

Nov. 24, 2021 16:12 PM EST

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — South Dakota lawmakers will meet next month to hear from a former state employee at the center of questions over whether Gov. Kristi Noem interfered in a state agency that was evaluating her daughter’s application for a real estate appraiser license. ...

South Dakota Supreme Court rules against pot legalization

Nov. 24, 2021 14:04 PM EST

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — The South Dakota Supreme Court on Wednesday upheld a lower court's ruling that nullified a voter-passed amendment to the state constitution that would have legalized recreational marijuana use. Gov. Kristi Noem instigated the legal fight to...

South Dakota Supreme Court strikes down voter-approved marijuana legalization on technical grounds

Nov. 24, 2021 11:17 AM EST
SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — South Dakota Supreme Court strikes down voter-approved marijuana legalization on technical grounds.

Ex-South Dakota lawmaker eyes 3rd stab at governor's race

Nov. 23, 2021 16:57 PM EST

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — Former Republican state lawmaker Lora Hubbel says she plans to run for South Dakota governor as an independent. It would be Hubbel's third try at landing the job. She ran for the Republican nomination in 2014 and lost to then-Gov. Dennis...

South Dakota newspaper pushes House Speaker to open records

Nov. 22, 2021 15:38 PM EST

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — A South Dakota newspaper is preparing to launch a second lawsuit if the House Speaker does not disclose the names of lawmakers who called for a special legislative session this month to consider whether to impeach the state’s attorney general. ...

South Dakota Gov. Kristi Noem names fifth chief of staff

Nov. 19, 2021 15:55 PM EST

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — South Dakota Gov. Kristi Noem's chief of staff is leaving, the fourth person to exit the position in three years, the governor's office said Friday. Noem's chief of staff Aaron Scheibe will move back to a role as an outside consultant advising...

Noem's office lays out plan for $975M in federal virus funds

Nov. 18, 2021 14:16 PM EST

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — South Dakota Gov. Kristi Noem's administration is looking to boost scores of infrastructure projects that address drinking water, sewage, broadband internet and emergency services as the state looks to spend nearly $1 billion in federal coronavirus relief funding. ...