Riot Boosting Bill Passes Senate, Headed To Governor

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) – South Dakota Governor Kristi Noem’s proposal to revive the state’s criminal and civil punishments for riots passed a final Senate vote Friday and is headed for her signature – having passed the House earlier.

The Republican-dominated Legislature has sought to tighten the state’s laws on riot and incitement to riot to avoid a repeat of the Native American-led riots in North Dakota against the Dakota Access oil pipeline should construction begin in South Dakota on the Keystone XL pipeline.

The issue has drawn demonstrations, lawsuits, and passionate testimony since last year when a similar bill became law, then was successfully challenged in court as violating the right to free speech.
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Noem argues that the new bill uses the “narrowest” definitions of rioting and inciting a riot so that it goes after only after people who commit violence.

Opponents say it would still have a “chilling effect” on peaceful protests and creates a false narrative that Native American people are violent.
South Dakota Governor Kristi Noem’s proposal to revive the state’s criminal and civil punishments for riots passed a final Senate vote Friday and is headed for her signature – having passed the House earlier.

The Republican-dominated Legislature has sought to tighten the state’s laws on riot and incitement to riot to avoid a repeat of the Native American-led riots in North Dakota against the Dakota Access oil pipeline should construction begin in South Dakota on the Keystone XL pipeline.

The issue has drawn demonstrations, lawsuits, and passionate testimony since last year when a similar bill became law, then was successfully challenged in court as violating the right to free speech.
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Noem argues that the new bill uses the “narrowest” definitions of rioting and inciting a riot so that it goes after only after people who commit violence.

Opponents say it would still have a “chilling effect” on peaceful protests and creates a false narrative that Native American people are violent.
South Dakota Governor Kristi Noem’s proposal to revive the state’s criminal and civil punishments for riots passed a final Senate vote Friday and is headed for her signature – having passed the House earlier.

The Republican-dominated Legislature has sought to tighten the state’s laws on riot and incitement to riot to avoid a repeat of the Native American-led riots in North Dakota against the Dakota Access oil pipeline should construction begin in South Dakota on the Keystone XL pipeline.

The issue has drawn demonstrations, lawsuits, and passionate testimony since last year when a similar bill became law, then was successfully challenged in court as violating the right to free speech.
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Noem argues that the new bill uses the “narrowest” definitions of rioting and inciting a riot so that it goes after only after people who commit violence.

Opponents say it would still have a “chilling effect” on peaceful protests and creates a false narrative that Native American people are violent.

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