Sheriff Milstead On The Passing Of Amendment Y


After the GOP congressional and gubernatorial primary races this week, the fate of Amendment Y may have flown under the radar. But the “yes” vote won: 80 to 20 percent. This will include a change in the definition of a victim. 

The passing of Amendment Y means its proposed changes to Marsy’s Law will go into effect on July 1. On Thursday KELOLAND News met with Minnehaha County Sheriff Mike Milstead for his thoughts on the success of Amendment Y, and what it means for law enforcement.

Amendment Y has Minnehaha County Sheriff Mike Milstead’s clear support.

“It’s a win-win for South Dakota, it’s a win-win for the victims, and it’s a win for our ability to even report things through the media to the public,” Milstead said.

The definition of a victim is now stricter. Fewer family members can claim victim status and rights. Now, crime victims must opt in for protections and notifications.

“I think that Amendment Y is going to strengthen victims’ rights, it’s going to make it easier for law enforcement to get the word out to the public on issues that they need to help us solve,” Milstead said.

KELOLAND News asked Milstead what Amendment Y’s passing means for law enforcement right now.

“Well what it means is during the next month, the attorney general’s office, our state’s attorneys, and our offices will be working to develop their policies, get a new Marsy’s Law card, so that we know what to provide for victims that want to invoke Marsy’s Law,” Milstead said.

The date to keep in mind now is July 1.

“There’s a lot of implications that we’ve got about three weeks now to get that finalized so that we make sure on July 1st we start providing better access to information, I think, and that we better protect those victims that really want protection,” Milstead said.

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