Initiated measure proposed that would allow Deadwood to serve alcohol past 2 a.m.
PIERRE, S.D. — An initiated measure has been filed with the Secretary of State that would expand the hours that alcoholic beverages may be sold, served and consumed in municipalities where gaming is regulated.
Currently, state law only allows the sale of alcohol between the hours of 7 a.m. and 2 a.m. The proposed measure would allow businesses with on-sale licenses to serve alcohol in the City of Deadwood at any time of the day. On-sale licenses refer to those obtained by establishments in order to sell alcohol that can be consumed on-site.
“If any other municipality obtains authority to have gambling under South Dakota law, the provision of this measure would apply to that municipality as well,” said Attorney General Jason Ravnsborg in a statement on the measure.
The proposed measure will now appear on a circulated petition. If it obtains a sufficient number of signatures by November of 2019, it will be placed on the ballot for the November 2020 general election.
It would not impact state laws regulating the sale of alcoholic beverages by establishments with off-sale licenses.