"Critical Infrastructure" Bill Clears First Hearing

Feb 25, 2020

Mark Winegar, director of South Dakota Sierra Club
Credit Victoria Wicks file photo

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.

State Senator Craig Kennedy
Credit SD Legislative Research Council