PIERRE, S.D. – (DRG News) Governor Dennis Daugaard will take part in the upcoming summer meeting for the National Governor’s Association. Governors from across the country will gather in Milwaukee, Wisconsin August 1-4 for the annual conference. Daugaard missed last year’s meeting due to the impending birth of his first grandchild. Daugaard leads the group’s Natural Resources Committee and he says a subcommittee meeting on natural resources and energy related topics will be on the agenda, along with other subjects.
Daugaard also says one of the sessions that is scheduled during the meeting will focus on Criminal Justice Reform.
South Dakota lawmakers passed a bill that reforms the state’s criminal justice system during this year’s legislative session. It allows states’ attorneys and judges more discretion in using alternate punishments for nonviolent offenders-making the offenders accountable through means other than prison terms.
Daugaard says he and the First Lady will go to the conference a few days early to spend time with Wisconsin’s Governor and First Lady.
The summer meeting business sessions begin August 2 with a news conference where the weekend’s events and governors’ collective priorities will be discussed. Also during the NGA meeting, the state leaders will attend “governors-only” sessions, which allows them to discuss issues states are facing. The meeting will wrap up with a welcome to incoming NGA Chair-Oklahoma Governor Mary Fallin and the incoming Vice Chair-who will be announced at the meeting.
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