ACLU Sues Governor & AG: New "Riot Boosting" Law Stifles Free Speech

Mar 28, 2019

Libby Skarin, policy director for ACLU South Dakota
Credit ACLU SD

The American Civil Liberties Union has filed a challenge to a new South Dakota law designed to protect construction of the Keystone XL pipeline from "riot boosters."

Governor Kristi Noem and Attorney General Jason Ravnsborg are included as defendants. In the last full week of the 2019 legislative session, Noem pushed through two bills to prevent another Standing Rock situation if the Keystone XL pipeline is built.

Noem signed the new legislation on Wednesday, March 27, and the ACLU filed its complaint in South Dakota federal court on Thursday, March 28.

SDPB's Victoria Wicks reports.

South Dakota Governor Kristi Noem
Credit Western Governors Association