Gov. Daugaard Signs Legislation To Combat Meth
PIERRE, S.D. – Gov. Dennis Daugaard Wednesday signed two anti-methamphetamine measures into law: Senate Bill 43 and Senate Bill 117.
“Meth is an extremely addictive drug that ruins homes and destroys lives. These bills will aid us in addressing the meth epidemic by stopping the drug from coming into our state, preventing meth use and helping those who are addicted,” said Gov. Daugaard.
Gov. Daugaard brought SB 117, which was proposed by a workgroup that included the Attorney General and state’s attorneys, circuit court judges, legislators, and law enforcement and corrections officials. The workgroup studied the regional increase in meth trafficking, which is leading to higher than anticipated prison numbers.
The bill increases sanctions for drug use by probationers and parolees, incentivizes the successful completion of treatment, and focuses supervision resources on high risk offenders. Other components of the anti-meth plan, which were enacted through the budget or do not require legislation, include creation of an interstate drug trafficking task force, closer coordination of state anti-meth education campaigns and expansion of HOPE 24/7 probation to all South Dakota counties.
SB 43 was initiated by the Department of Social Services. The bill appropriates more than $600,000 of funding to expand the state’s intensive meth treatment services.