Description

Senate Bill 151, which will be heard on the Senate floor this week, would increase the legal penalties for trespassing on, tampering with or damaging a critical infrastructure facility or public service and will criminalize activity far beyond the intentional causing of property damage, extending penalties to activity that “interferes with” the operations of critical infrastructure.

ACLU position

The ACLU of South Dakota opposes Senate Bill 151. Senate Bill 151's vague and ambiguous language would have a chilling effect on expressive activity and lead to self-censorship among activists fearful of criminal penalties.  

Sponsors

Senators Stalzer and Novstrup and Representatives Chaffee, Willadsen, and Zikmund

Status

Introduced

Session

2020

Bill number

Position

Oppose