South Dakota Governor Signs Executive Order Prohibiting Israel Boycotts

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FILE - In this Jan. 2019 file photo, South Dakota Gov. Kristi Noem speaks in Pierre, S.D. Noem said in a statement Thursday, Oct. 24, 2019, that as part of the state's settlement with the American Civil Liberties Union, the state will not enforce parts of the laws that made it a crime to direct or encourage others to "riot." The ACLU sued over the laws, saying they infringed on free speech rights. (AP Photo/James Nord, File)

Gov. Kristi Noem signed an executive order prohibiting state offices from doing business with companies that boycott Israel

South Dakota Gov. Kristi Noem signed an executive order on Tuesday prohibiting state offices from doing business with companies that boycott Israel.

South Dakota is the 28th state to have enacted an anti-Israel boycott executive order or legislation.

Its measure requires vendors who want to contract with South Dakota agencies, authorities, commissions, departments or institutions not to work with companies that participate in boycotts of Israel. It applies to companies or contractors with more than five employees and on contracts of $100,000 or more.

Noem signed the order in the capitol Rotunda in Pierre an hour before her State of the State address, which marked the beginning of the state Legislature’s 2020 session. She visited Israel in 2013 while serving as a member of the U.S. House of Representatives.

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