SOUTH DAKOTA (March 14, 2021)—Governor Kristi Noem signed several bills into laws last week which invest in South Dakota’s broadband, education, infrastructure and health.
In South Dakota, their sessions are short —lasting 40 legislative days. But “every bill gets a hearing, its opportunity to be weighed and vetted by the 105 legislators that you elect to serve you in Pierre.”
In the United States Congress and the U.S. Senate—both Houses are pushing through major legislation–like gun control–without public hearings and voice from the people to beat the April 1st deadline which does not require committee hearing.
“This bill creates a de facto gun registry by involving the federal government in every gun transfer, including private transfers and gifts, or else how will we enforce these requirements?” said Rep. Bob Good (R., Va.) “For my Democrat friends who suggest that conservatives and gun owners are paranoid about a national registry, you bet we are.”
But in South Dakota, the Governor is “investing a combined $100 million to finish connecting the state to high-speed broadband. We’re putting $50 million into an endowment for the South Dakota Freedom Scholarship, which will help kids who need financial assistance get a college degree.”
“We’re building the new Dakota Events CompleX to make Huron a destination for national and regional rodeo events. And there are so many more important projects to strengthen communities,” added Noem.
Noem is also “putting record dollars into savings and trust funds to strengthen the state budget for the future. South Dakota’s economy is strong right now, but we want to make sure we’re prepared for any future difficulties.”
The Governor priorities are to “improved healthcare for South Dakotans by making it more flexible and affordable. We recognized healthcare licenses for folks moving to South Dakota from other states. We provided greater transparency in healthcare costs by requiring that insurance companies show you what the cost of a procedure will be. And we’re allowing South Dakotans to have greater flexibility in their access to healthcare.”
Governor Noem is “defending the rights and freedoms of South Dakotans.”
She is defending life. Governor Noem signed “legislation to protect babies who were born alive. And I’ll be signing a bill to ban abortions based on a diagnosis of Down syndrome very soon.”
Governor Noem ‘defends the liberty of South Dakota–by simplifying youth hunting. And empowering parental choice in education. The Governor “didn’t expand government control over our citizens lives like we’re seeing in other states.”
“And we defended property rights. We passed asset forfeiture reform with regards to conservation officers. We’re allowing landowners East River to hunt on their own lands. And we passed legislation to codify the Department of Game, Fish & Parks’ policy as it pertains to open fields.”
Governor Kristi Noem signed Senate Bill 96 into law, which increases access to healthcare by allowing South Dakotans to utilize telehealth flexibilities.
“COVID-19 challenged us in new, unforeseen ways, and those challenges provided us an opportunity to adapt and find innovative ways to deliver healthcare in South Dakota,” said Governor Kristi Noem. “We greatly expanded telehealth in 2020. Going forward, we will build on these technological advancements and continue to find ways to remove government red tape in healthcare.”
SB 96 is a permanent extension of portions of both Executive Order 2020-07 and Executive Order 2020-16, which Governor Noem signed last year to increase flexibility in the state’s response to COVID-19.
Governor Noem also signed SB 83 into law, which requires the provision of information regarding perinatal hospice. .
Governor Noem has signed 123 bills into law this legislative session.
Other Bills Signed By Governor
Governor Noem Signs Telehealth Flexibilities into Law
Governor Noem Signs Legislation to Empower Parental Choice in Education
Source:Governor Kristi Noem