South Dakota's "Riot Boosting" Bill On Its Way To State Senate Floor

Mar 4, 2020

Joye Braun is an organizer for the Indigenous Environmental Network and a member of the Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe.
Credit Indigenous Environmental Network

This year's riot boosting bill got a thorough hearing at a special evening meeting of the Senate Judiciary Committee on Tuesday, March 3. But after hearing close to two hours of testimony from opponents, committee members still voted 6-1 to pass the bill along to the full Senate for floor debate.

The state says this law fixes problems that were deemed unconstitutional in last year's version. Opponents say it still restricts speech and assembly through intimidation.

SDPB's Victoria Wicks reports.