Nearly 300 new laws take effect in South Dakota

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SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (KSFY) - On Sunday, more than 270 new laws took effect in the state on South Dakota.

State and city leaders said many of the laws are aimed are public safety and curbing crime before it happens.

First on the books? Harsher penalties for drug dealers.

"It's a huge tool in our toolbox in the war against these dealers," Minnehaha County Sheriff Mike Milstead said.

If a dealer's drugs end up killing the person who received them, steeper felony penalties now apply.

"It doesn't automatically, but going up two levels, depending on the situation, could land someone spending the rest of their life behind bars in prison," Milstead said. "For selling a drug that we know is causing overdoses and death in our community. I think it's gonna be less and less popular to be a drug dealer in South Dakota."

Methamphetamine dealers and manufacturers in particular are also facing harsher penalties. And now -- dealing meth to a minor is a Class 1 felony.

"I believe that this legislative session was a good session for public safety and we have stronger laws on the books that are gonna help fight back some of this national meth epidemic and opioid epidemic that we're facing," said South Dakota Attorney General Marty Jackley.

Where public safety is concerned, that also includes public health. If a person knowingly exposes others to a sexually transmitted infection (STI), it could be a Class 1 misdemeanor.

"Things like syphilis, chlamydia, gonorrhea rates that are really just kind of unexpected over the last few years, even locally here in Minnehaha County," said Sioux Falls Health Department Public Health Prevention Coordinator Mary Michaels. "We've seen some of these rates double or triple."

And after hundreds of thousands of people last year had their information exposed, the state now requires residents be notified within 60 days of a data breach.

"If there is a breach consumers and South Dakotans need to know about it so they can protect their identity, so they can protect their resources," Jackley said.

Several other notable laws took effect on Sunday, including one that impacts the way Planned Parenthood employees inform women prior to an abortion. Another lets craft breweries sell 1,500 barrels directly to restaurants and stores without using a wholesaler and also caps the number of barrels they can produce annually at 30,000 while still serving wine or having an off-site taproom -- it used to be 5,000. Plus renters who lie about having a disability in order to keep a pet in their units can now be evicted and face fines.

Recent changes to Marsy's Law, which voters approved overwhelmingly during the June 5 primary election, also went into effect July 1.

A full list of new laws can be found under "Related Links."