PIERRE, S.D. (KJJQ) – Governor Kristi Noem’s pipeline bills pass in both chambers of the South Dakota Legislature just three days after first being introduced.
The more controversial of the two bills, Senate Bill 189, establishes the concept of “riot boosting” and sets civil penalties for those engaged in or supporting violent protests. Senate bill 190 sets up a fund to help pay for extra costs to local governments, funded by the pipeline company and other sources.
On the Senate floor, Senator Lee Schoenbeck of Watertown presented the bill.
Senator Craig Kennedy of Yankton says he reads the bill very differently from Senator Schoenbeck.
At her press conference Thursday, Governor Noem says they will not go after peaceful protesters, only those who engage in violent behavior.
Both bills passed easily in both chambers and now head to the Governor’s desk for her signature.