South Dakota Considers Overhaul of Booze Laws


While details remain somewhat scarce, South Dakota lawmakers appear to be on the brink of considering a bevy of bills that would substantially overhaul the state alcohol code. The Capital Journal reports:

The governor and some lawmakers want to rewrite many South Dakota laws on making, distributing and selling liquor, beer, wine and other alcohol and expand some too. The best part: They want it done before the legislative session ends March 26. It’s going to be a big fight that comes as Gov. Dennis Daugaard enters his final year.

Daugaard set things brewing months ago not long after the 2017 session ended. He told the state Department of Revenue to start working with different parties about straightening out various parts of laws that seem inconsistent, are in conflict or need changes to keep pace with other states. Those products appear in two proposals Revenue Secretary Andy Gerlach already filed. A third is coming directly from Daugaard...

HB 1070 is 65 pages with 133 sections covering scores of changes proposed for manufacturing, distributing and retailing. HB 1067 creates a second type of license for farm wineries. Evans said a third measure still without a number is “a governor’s bill” and covers beer breweries in South Dakota. Governor’s aide Patrick Weber is handling it.

Evans identified five other bills by draft numbers. He said legislators would sponsor them..."

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