State Lawmakers Give S.D. ‘Plumbing-Freedom’ Bill Final OK

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The South Dakota Senate gave final legislative approval Tuesday to a measure letting people install plumbing in new residences they’re building for themselves.

The state Plumbing Commission last year changed its interpretation of current laws.

HB 1079 would reinstate the old way of letting people work on their own new homes and put it in law.

“We’re trying to bring it back to its original form which we’ve had for over 20 years,” Senator Ernie Otten, a Tea Republican, said.

He’s the lead Senate sponsor.

The prime House sponsor is Representative Herman Otten, a Lennox Republican.

The Senate vote was 33-1. The House voted 69-1 February 6.

The legislation next heads to Governor Kristi Noem for a decision whether it becomes law.

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