Justice, retirement systems among Daugaard's top priorities

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) - Gov. Dennis Daugaard enters his final two years in office aiming to tackle issues ranging from spiking methamphetamine use to keeping the state retirement system solvent.

The Republican governor will likely be the final word this legislative session on reshaping a voter-approved government ethics overhaul and deciding whether to restrict the bathrooms that transgender students use.

Daugaard tells The Associated Press that he'd be open to changing South Dakota's initiative system. Lawmakers are weighing whether to make it harder to put measures before voters.

The governor says his toughest decision this past year was probably not calling a special session to consider expanding Medicaid.

Daugaard says he hasn't considered seeking the congressional seat being vacated by Rep. Kristi Noem in a couple of years.

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