Governor Proposes Two More Bills As Responses To Pipeline Protests

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Governor Kristi Noem plans two pieces of legislation in response to the oil pipeline TransCanada plans to build through South Dakota, her staff said Monday.

“Under the PEACE fund and the Riot Recovery Fund, the state, counties, federal government, pipeline companies and rioters will share in law enforcement costs,” Noem said in a statement. “This first-of-its-kind plan is a transparent way to spread costs and risk without raising taxes.” 

The legislation was assigned bill numbers Monday afternoon.  Senate Bill 189 creates a recovery fund for “riot boosting,” while Senate Bill 190 creates an “extraordinary cost” fund to assist state government and political subdivisions in responding.

The main run of the 2019 session ends Wednesday, March 13, with the final day set for Friday, March 29.

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