However, under South Dakota law, there are still occasions where they are used as instruments of state and serve a very specific purpose. According to the state constitution, the Governor must issue a proclamation to set the date of and calling for a special election when there’s a vacancy in Congress. Or, if the State Capital was threatened or under attack, an executive proclamation would be required to move the State Capital on a temporary basis.
You’ll also find that the Governor calls special sessions of the legislature by proclamation. When counties are dissolved or named, typically the Governor issues a proclamation. And when the state accepts jurisdiction of a criminal offense or civil causes of action in a tribal area, a gubernatorial proclamation must be issued.
Recognizing that proclamations are an important part of the historic record, we are placing these documents on-line for public review and retrieval.