Noem signs appropriations bills for new CSP Bison Center, SDSMT Mineral Industry Building, airport route restoration
PIERRE, S.D. — On Monday, South Dakota Governor Kristi Noem signed 21 appropriations bills into law, including several that directly impact the Black Hills area.
“South Dakota had a truly fantastic year. Thanks to our unique approach to the pandemic, we had opportunities that weren’t afforded to other states,” said Governor Kristi Noem. “I challenged the legislature to solve problems for 20-30 years or even longer into the future, and they accomplished that. These projects will strengthen South Dakota and make targeted investments in our communities for the future.”
Senate Bill 54 allocates $500,000 to build a new Bison Center in Custer State Park. The Helmsley Charitable Trust previously donated a grant of four-million dollars to Custer State Park for the project.
Senate Bill 156 appropriates $19 million to the Board of Regents and the authority to find $16 million in additional funding for a new Mineral Industries Building at the South Dakota School of Mines and Technology. It also includes funding for the demolition of the old industry building.
Over the past year as coronavirus spread across the world, air traffic hit a sharp decline. Senate Bill 162 will allocate funds to restore flights, as some routes have been cut due to the pandemic. It will also provide funds for marketing to hopefully bring new routes to the state. Rapid City has added several new routes recently, with Delta announcing new, nonstop service from Atlanta and Detroit. American Airlines also announced that its nonstop to Phoenix will resume this summer.
Governor Noem has signed 184 bills into law during the 2021 legislative session.