July 08. 2014 6:00PM
The South Dakota Municipal League is reminding communities that some new laws took effect July 1.
Texting Ban - A state-wide texting ban comes with a $100 fine. The texting ban is a secondary offense, meaning law enforcement cannot stop an alleged violator for texting and driving alone.
Liquor - Municipalities can issue liquor licenses that allow people to serve and consume alcohol in vehicles like taxi cabs and pedal pubs.
Elections - A new statute provides for what happens when an election needs to be postponed because of weather or emergency.
Campaigning - A bill was passed last winter expanding the prohibition on campaigning within 100 feet of a polling place. It was extended to include any place voters may go to vote on the day of the election, or go to vote absentee.
Public safety type issues - A bill passed that added public libraries to the list of places a sex offender cannot loiter.
E-cigs - It was made illegal to sell electronic cigarettes – if they contain nicotine – to minors.
Carnival rides - Traveling carnival rides will now need to have a certificate of insurance and proof that they’ve been inspected within the year.
‘Social hosting’ - A bill to prohibit “social hosting” was passed. This deals with places where minors drink with the permission of the property owner.