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Official: Meeting didn't impact Noem daughter's application

Kristi Noem
Posted at 6:56 PM, Oct 28, 2021
and last updated 2021-10-28 21:56:55-04

South Dakota’s labor secretary says officials had decided to give Gov. Kristi Noem’s daughter another chance to win her state real estate appraiser license even before a meeting in the governor’s mansion that has spurred conflict of interest questions.

Secretary of Labor and Regulation Marcia Hultman testified Thursday before a legislative committee that's investigating the July 27 meeting.

The Associated Press reported last month about the meeting, which included Noem's daughter, Kassidy Peters, just days after a state agency moved to deny Peters’ license.

Hultman acknowledged it was unusual to have an applicant like the governor’s daughter in such a meeting.

However, she defended her department’s handling of Peters’ licensure.