Noem Talks Haugaard’s Anti-Abortion Bill, Critical Race Theory, and Marijuana

SIOUX FALLS, SD (Dakota News Now) – At Thursday’s press conference, Governor Kristi Noem spoke about a number of topics, including Rep. Steve Haugaard’s proposed anti-abortion amendment, marijuana in South Dakota and changes to its critical theory of race. invoice.

Noem reacts to Haugaard’s proposed anti-abortion amendment

State Rep. Steve Haugaard (R-Sioux Falls) is sponsoring an amendment, Joint House Resolution 5003, which passed the South Dakota House State Affairs Committee on Wednesday by a vote by 8 to 4. If approved by both the House and Senate, the proposed amendment to the state constitution would be put before voters as a ballot question in the next general election in November.

Noem spoke out against the bill while touting her own anti-abortion edicts.

“It completely bans prescription drugs that are available to women across the state, which I think is wrong,” Noem said. “That is not at all the intention of the measures I have been advocating for, which is simply not to make telemedicine, chemical abortions more available on the internet or on the phone with strangers. What it is doing is c is to completely ban these drugs and it could be detrimental to women who are going through very different situations.

Noem speculated on the reasoning behind his proposed amendment saying, “I think he’s just trying to write a policy to be more conservative than me because he’s running for governor, but he’s writing a very, very bad policy.”

Noem’s Response to Significant Changes to His Critical Race Theory Bill

Dakota News Now Reporter Austin Goss asked Noem what she thought of the legislator’s removal of the terms “critical race theory” from the bill’s title and text, asking if it could still be considered a critical race theory bill.

“I think the amendments that were made dealt with the action and citizenship part of the bill,” Noem said. “We still support the bill.”

Cannabis legalization in South Dakota

Noem said she has always supported medical marijuana, as she puts it, “committed to having the best-run medical program in the country.” However, Noem wants it to be regulated by the FDA and is primarily concerned with funding and the program’s ability to pay for itself.

HB 1045, which is sponsored by State Rep. Ernie Otten (R-Tea) “would raise a tax on gross receipts from all marijuana sales,” and would set the framework for taxation of adult-use recreational marijuana in South Dakota. , if it becomes legal.

“The problem with this bill is that it doesn’t legalize marijuana, but it works in tandem with what voters will put on the ballot or whatever is coming this fall,” said Rep. Drew Dennert (R-Aberdeen). HB 1045 went through the House Taxation Committee, which Dennert chairs. “If it legalizes marijuana, it still wouldn’t put in place a taxation system, so this bill is a big one. But it set up this tax system.

Dispute over child care subsidies

A political dispute at the Statehouse has caused confusion over grants sent to provide financial assistance to South Dakota child care centers.

A memo from Attorney General Jason Ravnsborg’s office claimed that for the grants to be disbursed, they require additional legislative approval.

“Expenditure of public funds may only be made upon authorization through an appropriation act, or after being deemed appropriate by the provisional appropriations committee,” the memo said, adding that the legislature has yet to allocated federal funds.

Noem spoke out against the memo at Thursday’s press conference.

“It’s totally inappropriate for him to weigh in on situations that are discussions between me and the legislature,” Noem said. “He’s obviously not objective and he’s not able to give an opinion that doesn’t tend to go against me. So it was inappropriate for him to do that. He should admit it himself and let someone else have his say.

South Dakota’s LGBTQ Depression

South Dakota leads the nation in rates of depression among LGBTQ people, according to a national study by

When asked why she thought there were such high rates of depression in South Dakota, Noem replied, “I don’t know. It makes me sad and we should understand that.

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