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'A privilege that I will never take for granted': Noem marks first 100 days as South Dakota governor

Kristi Noem was sworn in as South Dakota’s 33rd governor Saturday, Jan. 5, in Pierre, S.D. The next day, an anti-nepotism bill was filed in part as a reaction to Noem appointing her daughter to a state government position. Jeremy Waltner / Forum News Service

PIERRE, S.D. -- Tuesday marked South Dakota Republican Gov. Kristi Noem's 100th day in office, which she calls "an honor and a privilege that I will never take for granted."

According to Tuesday, April 16 news release from her office, Noem in that time has signed 222 bills into law and worked with the Legislature to pass a balanced budget.

“My team will continue to be laser-focused on the needs facing our state and the ways we can best prepare for the future," Noem said.

Noem on Tuesday reinforced her priorities set forth when she assumed office on Jan. 5 and during her January State of the State address, like expanding rural broadband, combating the state's methamphetamine epidemic and preserving pheasant habitat.

Also within her first 100 days, Noem vetoed a bill with broad legislative support that would have legalized the growth and production of industrial hemp in the state and introduced a controversial surprise bill package on TransCanada's Keystone XL crude oil pipeline.

Since March, South Dakota has also combated extreme winter weather and severe flooding, impacting farmers, residents and infrastructure.

“We have an obligation to help our citizens, and we will,” Noem said. “I will continue working with leaders on the local and federal levels to make sure we are using every available tool to help our communities recover from these storms.”