PIERRE, S.D. (KELO) — Gov. Kristi Noem’s (R-S.D.) future plans remained focused on South Dakota.
In response to a question from KELOLAND News about her reason for her recent speech at CPAC, attending other national fundraisers and Sunday’s appearance on CBS’s Face the Nation, Gov. Noem said she makes those trips to promote her home state.
Gov. Noem said she is planning on running for reelection for South Dakota’s Governor in November 2022. She added her recent trips and national appearances help recruit businesses and families to South Dakota.
Noem took questions during a weekly media briefing on the legislative session Thursday morning from the Governor’s Large Conference Room at the Capitol.
KELOLAND News was at the news conference and will post video from the news conference online when available. Look more KELOLAND News coverage online and on-air.
Gov. Noem highlights the passage of the need-based, Freedom scholarship bill among others. She says lawmakers are getting a lot done for South Dakotans.
Gov. Noem called the slowing of the impeachment process tragic for the family. She again called on the Attorney General to resign.
Gov. Noem said police organizations have lost faith in the AG and that is the reason he should resign. Gov. Noem said she wouldn’t call a special session for impeachment. She said that’s not her role.
Asked about the timing of releasing the videos last week, Gov. Noem said she waited because the investigation was being assisted by a third-party. When charges were brought forward, she said it was time to be more transparent.
Gov. Noem said she didn’t regret releasing the videos.
Asked about Marty Jackley running for AG in 2022, she said she won’t weigh on that potential race.
Asked about traffic laws in South Dakota, Gov. Noem said there’ll be discussion on that in the future.
Asked to sum up March 2020 to March 2021 dealing with COVID-19. Gov. Noem said she’s very proud about the partnerships with health care systems and leading the nation in vaccinations.
Asked about medical marijuana and amendments, Gov. Noem said South Dakota passing medical and recreational marijuana was unprecedented. She said lawmakers are focused on making the medical marijuana process is set up safely and correctly.