Noem To Bring Legislation Requiring High School Graduates To Pass U.S. Citizenship Exam


South Dakota Governor Kristi Noem has given her first state of the state speech.

Noem touched on a number of topics, including economic development, increasing broadband internet access, the meth epidemic and education. But perhaps the biggest reaction she got was for this statement.

“This year, as a first step, I will be bringing legislation to require that every high school graduate be able to pass the United States Citizenship exam,” Noem said.

After the State of the State, we talked with lawmakers to see what they thought of the address.

“I also loved that she is talking about workforce development.  That we need to be bringing companies here; we need to be bringing people here.  And I also loved that she was talking about our foster care system; talking about the meth epidemic,” Democratic Rep. Kelly Sullivan, who represents District 13, said.

“I thought Governor Noem hit on all of the important points that I was watching for, especially economic development in South Dakota, education, the meth problem; I was pleased,” Republican Rep. Chris Johnson, who represents District 32, said.

Find additional coverage on the State of the State address on the Capitol News Bureau page

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