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SB 44: Aggravated Vehicular Homicide Off The Table After House Judiciary Hearing

Legislative Research Council

In July 2013, Ronald Ray Fischer sped through a stop sign and killed two people who were standing in a Pickstown parking lot. First Circuit Judge Bruce Anderson did not find that Fischer's manslaughter charges fit the circumstances and instead found Fischer guilty of two counts of vehicular homicide.

The South Dakota Legislature is now batting around versions of a bill designed to ensure that egregiously impaired drivers who cause death face greater penalties.

On Wednesday, March 2, the House Judiciary rejected a Senate version of the bill and passed the original version sponsored by the Attorney General.

Credit South Dakota Governor's Office
Governor's General Counsel Jim Seward

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