Senate panel passes bills to strengthen meth laws in South Dakota

PIERRE, S.D. (KSFY) - A South Dakota Senate panel has approved Attorney General Marty Jackley's bills to strengthen the state's meth laws.

Senate Bill 63 increases prison sentences for making and distributing meth, and Senate Bill 65 enhances penalties for dealers when a person dies as a direct result of using their drugs.

Jackley testified Thursday that there are four drug deaths under investigation in South Dakota right now, three resulting from fentanyl and one from heroin.