July 1st marks the date that laws passed by the South Dakota legislature take effect

July 1st marks the date that laws passed by the South Dakota legislature take effect. Some of the changes, such as those impacting conceal carry issues, are reported by news sources, but there are other changes that may have additional impacts. While the scope of the changes is too large to address here, and the effects of the statutory changes are dependent on specific situations, this blog post highlights a few of those changes. Please check with a lawyer for a specific analysis of the impact of these statutes on your situation.

If you are associated with a company bidding on public improvement contracts, you may be affected by the amendments to SDCL § 5-18B-9. That statute was amended to address the process for handling of bonds, certified checks or cashier’s checks for successful bidders and those unsuccessful bidders.

As we approach new school terms, SDCL § 13-53-24 and SDCL § 13-53-29.2, addressing the residency requirements for university students may be relevant. SDCL ch. 13-55 was also amended to include a new section addressing eligibility for the opportunity scholarship.

Changes that impact family law include a new section to SDCL ch. 13-28, concerning school enrollment for children of military members subject to military relocation. A new section was added to SDCL ch. 34-12F, which addresses required parental notification involving certain medical care.

Amendments were also made to SDCL § 12-4-5, regarding voter registration, and to SDCL § 16-13-4, which addresses certain provisions on jury lists. Plumbing do-it- yourselfers should review SDCL § 36-25-17, which addresses the scope of work that can be done and fees for plumbing inspections.

A comprehensive list of the bills signed by the Governor is available through the South Dakota Legislative Research council. How these changes impact you is best addressed by obtaining legal advice from the professionals at Lynn, Jackson, Shultz & Lebrun.

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