South Dakota Gov. Kristi Noem is pushing a conservative list of priorities to start the state’s legislative session. During the final State of the State address of her first term, the Republican governor listed priorities she wants to pass.
It includes legislation to ban abortions after six weeks of pregnancy, a requirement that schools allot time for prayer, a ban on the teaching of controversial material on race in public schools and ensured exemptions from COVID-19 vaccines for medical or religious reasons.
Noem says South Dakota is doing very well financially and people are coming to the state. She says people are moving to South Dakota at 9-times the national average.
Noem’s political foes criticized the address as a campaign speech.
January 12, 2022