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Governor Kristi Noem extends Child Support Commission report for three months

On Friday, Republican governor of South Dakota Kristi Noem granted a three-month extension to a commission tasked with recommending updates to the child support payment laws of the state.

The Child Support Commission originally had a deadline to issue a report to the governor and Legislature by the close of 2021. Now, due to Noem’s executive order, the commission will have until the end of March to get the information to Noem and the Legislature.

Noem’s order also made technical changes to previous orders, and she additionally rescinded orders that applied to situations that are no longer considered emergencies.

The commission’s job is to recommend changes to the payment laws for the state in regard to child support, and it had most recently moved to recommend a reduction of child support payments for parents whose incomes are lower.

Though the commission had met during the fall where members planned to finalize recommendations earlier in December, that was never done. The commission as initially supposed to meet in 2020 and finish the report by the end of that year, it ended up not convening due to the onset and continuance of the coronavirus pandemic. 

Noem recently called for President Joe Biden to revoke his federal COVID-19 mandates. Biden told Americans that there was not a federal solution to the coronavirus pandemic, instead looking to shift responsibility to the states.

“After a year, we finally agree @potus. The federal government isn’t the solution,” Noem tweeted, tagging the president. “That’s why from the start, SD took a different approach by trusting our citizens to be responsible and make the right decisions for themselves & their families. Now rescind all the federal mandates.” 

ARTICLE: ELIZABETH HERTZBERG

MANAGING EDITOR: CARSON CHOATE

PHOTO CREDITS: BOSTON GLOBE

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