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New Laws Kick In Around US, South Dakota

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July 1st marked the beginning of the new fiscal year, which means new laws take effect around the country and in South Dakota.

Laws that set new abortion limits take effect in some states, while new gun and technology laws take effect in others. Wyoming jumps on the gambling bandwagon, setting up their own lottery.

The Associated Press explains some of the new laws taking effect in the Mount Rushmore state:

GUNS: A new law taking effect July 1 allows South Dakota’s school districts to arm teachers, other school staff and volunteers.  Local law enforcement officials would have to approve a school’s program, and those taking part would have to undergo training by the same state commission that oversees the training of law enforcement officers. Associations representing school officials say they do not know of any school districts that have taken steps to put armed teachers or volunteers in their schools.

PRISONS: Another new law seeks to cut South Dakota’s prison costs by treating more nonviolent offenders through intensive probation, parole and other programs outside prison walls. The new law will use expanded probation and parole, along with other programs that treat drug and alcohol offenders, as part of an effort to divert offenders from prison and prevent them from committing future crimes. Officials said if nothing is done to curb a rapid increase in adult inmates, the state would have to build a new men’s prison and a new women’s prison in the next decade.

DRIVING: Starting July 1, beginning drivers will be banned from using cellphones behind the wheel. Young drivers cannot use cellphones or other electronic devices until they get unrestricted licenses at age 16.

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