Today marks the beginning of the 88th South Dakota Legislative Session. The 38-day session kicks off at noon with legislators taking their oaths of office.
The first day will be highlighted by Gov. Dennis Daugaard’s State of the State address, which is scheduled to begin at 1 p.m. Coverage of the State of the State address will be available on SDPB1 (channels vary based on cable provider), on SDPB radio and at www.sdpb.org, as well as www.argusleader.com. Audio access can also be found at the LRC website.
New initiatives for K-12 education aren’t expected during this year’s address.
Gov. Daugaard said in an article published yesterday by the Argus Leader that policy reform would not be a priority for the administration this year; instead focusing on the state’s budget. Even with Congress averting the fiscal cliff last week, Gov. Daugaard and some legislators have expressed concern about the future of federal funding for the state.
ASBSD will have a recap and reaction to the address posted here this afternoon.