S.D. Riot Bill Jumps First Legislative Hurdle

Feb 12, 2020

The crowd at the House State Affairs hearing, where HB 1117 was approved. The bill will next go to the House, and if approved there, over to the Senate.
Credit Lee Strubinger SDPB

South Dakota's refurbished riot legislation has been passed by House State Affairs. The bill rewrites last year's "riot boosting" law designed to squelch pipeline protests. The committee heard testimony on Wednesday, Feb. 12, and although there was strong opposition by the Speaker of the House, the bill passed on a 10-3 vote.

Most proponents say the law keeps protests peaceful. But opponents say the bill still steps on rights of free speech and assembly.

SDPB's Victoria Wicks has this story, with contributions from Lee Strubinger in Pierre. To hear the entire story, click on the audio arrow.