Governor Noem’s State of the State address kicked off the legislative session, with the State Judiciary and the State of the Tribes on Wednesday and Thursday. Committee business begins in earnest on Thursday.

RAPID CITY, SD – Local lawmakers were pleased with Gov. Kristi Noem’s speech during the State of State address on Tuesday.

“I was delighted to hear him talk about law enforcement moving here, just people in general who want to move here, businesses coming here,” said Fred Deutsch, district four representative. “We obviously have challenges, but I love hearing the picture she painted.”

“I thought it was out of the park,” District 30 representative Tim Goodwin said. “I mean, talking about life, freedom and the pursuit of happiness.”

In his speech, Governor Noem touched on many things that Representatives Goodwin and Deutsch will be pushing for in this legislative session, starting with the Governor’s Abortion Act and how this is playing out in the country. .

“I think we are at a pivotal moment in our country’s history and I would like South Dakota to play a role in this,” said Representative Deutsch.

Even the issue of transgender sports, or equity for women in sport, which was a bill that arrived in the governor’s office last year before vetoing it.

“That’s the topic of Title IX when it launched, so I think we’re going to tweak it and put that to bed, and stop launching it on the road,” said Rep. Goodwin. “Let’s fix the problem this session. “

“I think it’s a matter of fairness and I respect what was done so many years ago with Title IX,” said representative Deutsch. “I think we need to keep working on protecting young girls both in high school and college so they have a chance to compete.”

Lawmakers heard from the State Judiciary and the State of Tribes on Wednesday and Thursday. Committee business begins in earnest on Thursday.