The Legislative Manual, commonly known as the Blue Book, is a comprehensive reference source on state government that is published every two years according to South Dakota Codified Law. It contains information on elected state officials, judges, legislators, local and state government administration, a chronology of South Dakota history, and election statistics.
The term "Blue Book" dates back to the fifteenth century when the English Parliament began keeping its records in large volumes covered with blue velvet. Since that time the name Blue Book has been used to describe many forms of government manuals.
The 2021 Legislative Manual can be ordered by contacting the Bureau of Administration at (605) 773-4935.