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"Critical Infrastructure" Bill Clears First Hearing

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A bill to protect utilities from vandalism and trespassing has cleared its first committee hearing. The bill includes protections for electrical and communications structures, pipelines, and temporary pipe yards.

The Senate Energy and Commerce Committee has removed a controversial section from the original bill. But at least one legislator says the state might still end up in court, as it did last year with the "riot boosting" law. Victoria Wicks has this report for SDPB.

Credit SD Legislative Research Council
State Senator Craig Kennedy

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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