Local legislators praise Governor Noem’s speech, direction
Governor Noem's State of the State Address kicked off the legislative session, with the State of the Judiciary and the State of the Tribes on Wednesday and Thursday. Committee work begins in earnest on Thursday.
RAPID CITY, S.D. — Local legislators were pleased with Governor Kristi Noem’s speech at the State of the State Address on Tuesday.
“I was thrilled to hear her talk about law enforcement moving here, just people in general wanting to move here, businesses coming here,” said District Four Representative Fred Deutsch. “We have challenges obviously, but I love to hear the picture she painted.”
“I thought it was out of the park,” said District 30 Representative Tim Goodwin. “I mean, talk about life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.”
In her speech, Governor Noem touched on many things Representatives Goodwin and Deutsch will lobby for in this legislative session, starting with the governor’s heartbeat abortion law and how that situation is playing out around the country.
“I think we’re at a pivotal point time in our nation’s history and I would like South Dakota to play a role in that,” Rep. Deutsch said.
Even the issue of transgender sports, or Women’s Fairness in Sports, which was a bill that reached the governor’s desk last year before it was vetoed.
“That’s what Title IX was about when it was initiated, and so I think we’ll get it tweaked and let’s put this to bed, and quit kicking it down the road,” Rep. Goodwin said. “Let’s get it fixed this session.”
“I think it’s a matter of fairness and I respect what was done so many years ago with Title IX,” Rep. Deutsch said. “I think we need to continue to work on protecting young girls both at high school and the collegiate so that they have a fair shot at competing.”
The legislature heard the State of the Judiciary and the State of the Tribes on Wednesday and Thursday. Committee work begins in earnest on Thursday.