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Last Year's "Riot Boosting" Law Now Fixed And Resurrected

Victoria Wicks file photo

Last year Governor Kristi Noem introduced legislation designed to squelch pipeline protests and collect money from protest supporters.

The governor brought the bills late, and the legislature rushed them through to passage. But a federal lawsuit put a quick stop to one of them on constitutional grounds.

Now the governor has again introduced the legislation, but this time early in the session with major fixes.

Credit Victoria Wicks file photo
A protestor holds a sign outside the Federal Courthouse in Rapid City before a June 2019 hearing on the constitutionality of the new "riot boosting" law.

Governor Noem is circulating the draft version of this year's bill to legislators and has made it available to news media and the public. To read it, find a link to the document here:

Rapid City freelancer Victoria L. Wicks has been producing news for SDPB since August 2007. She Retired from this position in March 2023.
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