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Rep. Kristi Noem addresses South Dakota legislators

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The South Dakota state legislature welcomed a special guest speaker today. KSFY News was in Pierre for today's legislative session. 

For congresswoman Kristi Noem, speaking in front of state legislators here at the Capitol was like a homecoming.

"I try to come every year, get an opportunity to sit down and visit with everybody. It's great to start that conversation because a lot of these legislators are in their communities, they know right on the ground what kind of problems or situations or relief that they might have and they can feel more welcome to talk with me about some of those issues and we can work together to get them solved," Noem said.

And one issue frustrating many across our state is passing a farm bill

"This will be a good farm bill that will probably be the most reformed one that we've seen in decades. It's very accountable to taxpayers. It reduces spending but it still makes sure we have a safety net out there for those producers who take so many risks when they provide us with our food supply," Noem said.

Many legislators welcomed the chance to connect with one of their own.

Republican South Dakota state representative Steve Hickey said "I think that that bill includes a lot of help to the poor and that's a contentious issue, whether it's a 'Farm Bill' or 'Food Stamp Bill' but I think they got a good compromise worked out. We have to do something very soon, and I think there will be a lot of people very happy. We at least got something done right now."

Democratic South Dakota state representative Marc Feinstein said "there's so much interconnection between the federal government and the state government with the funds that South Dakota receives, and of course what the taxpayers send to Washington. There is an interplay, there always has been since it was statehood and there always will be."

Republican South Dakota state representative Jenna Haggar said "Congresswoman Noem gave us a really positive outlook for South Dakota with our unemployment numbers. South Dakota is a great visionary state, and we're only going to get better.

Many believe Washington is out of touch. Some hope Noem's appearance can help bridge that communication gap but still keep the control of the federal government at a distance.
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