Daugaard opens 2017 legislative session with State of the State address

PIERRE, S.D. (KSFY) - South Dakota Gov. Dennis Daugaard delivered his State of the State address Tuesday in Pierre.

The governor kicked off the 2017 legislative session by highlighting some key issues of the year.

He officially opened the session Tuesday afternoon in the House Chamber at the State Capitol.

Daugaard's first key point was the need for an open and transparent state government, but went on to say he supports the repeal of Initiated Measure 22, an anti-corruption bill passed by the voters in November, saying it should be replaced with a bill approved by the legislature.

Daugaard argued out-of-state special interests are taking over the state's ballot and urged the legislature to pass a law to prevent that influence in the future.

He also proposed a joint law enforcement task force to address the state's growing meth problem, as well as a task force on mental health.

Daugaard celebrated the increase in teacher pay in 2016, but Democrats said they want South Dakota to continue a focus on education.

Democrats in the state said they also know they're facing an uphill battle with just 16 Democrats in the legislature.

With those numbers, they said it's difficult to even get a second to get measures out of the committee level.



 
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