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

Jan 30, 2020

Protestors march to the Rapid City Federal Courthouse on Wednesday, June 12, to support an injunction on SD's "riot boosting" law.
Credit 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.

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.
Credit Victoria Wicks file photo

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: