New Laws in SD

South Dakota Laws

South Dakota Governor Kristi Noem signed dozens of bills for the 2020 Session. We’ve compiled some new laws that will go into effect July 1 of this year.

HB 1005

This bill states that without a proper patient provider relationship, a healthcare professional cannot prescribe you a controlled drug or substance by use of telehealth.

HB 1063

To sell and distribute tobacco to someone under the age of 21 will be illegal. The bill also states you cannot sell tobacco products through a vending machine located in a place other than one that is open to the public but to which persons under the age of 21 are denied access at all times.

It is also illegal for anyone under the age of 21 to consume tobacco products. This aligns South Dakota with federal law.

HB 1069

This new law will allow some veterans to go to post-secondary education for undergraduate degrees without paying tuition.

A veteran who qualifies will not be covered for more than four years of schooling.

HB 1074

1074 outlines the process from the report of rape or sexual assault to the preservation of the sexual
assault kit.

Health care facilities treating someone for rape or sexual assault must give the person an option to report the rape to law enforcement. The kit will then be preserved for at least seven years from the day the person was examined or treatment or until the victim is 25 years old, whichever is later.

The health care facility will also have to assign a code number to each sexual assault kit.

HB 1077

Driving through a funeral procession will be illegal starting July. It will also be illegal to join the procession to have the right of way. House Bill 1077 makes it a Class 2 misdemeanor if you do either of those things, and it outlines what to do if you are in the procession.

See all of the laws going into place on KELO.