South Dakota’s SB 75 Would Prohibit Breed-Specific Legislation in the State
On Thursday, January 23, 2014, the South Dakota Senate heard the first reading of Senate Bill 75 which would prohibit the passage of breed-specific legislation (BSL) within the state of South Dakota. The bill is short but sweet stating:
FOR AN ACT ENTITLED, An Act to prohibit local governments from enacting, maintaining, or enforcing regulations on certain dog breeds.
BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF SOUTH DAKOTA:
Section 1. That chapter 40-34 be amended by adding thereto a NEW SECTION to read as follows:
No local government, as defined in § 6-1-12, may enact, maintain, or enforce any ordinance, policy, resolution, or other enactment that is specific as to the breed or perceived breed of a dog. This section does not impair the right of any local government unit to enact, maintain, or enforce any form of regulation that applies to all dogs.
After its initial reading, SB 75 was sent to the Senate Local Government Committee. Keep checking here for updates as this bill progresses.