Sexual Contact Bill heading to House floor

The amendment, legislators say, speaks more to one issue, giving the state the ability to prosecute someone in a position of authority.

RAPID CITY, S.D. — On Wednesday, a bill that would change the definition of a sexual contact in South Dakota was passed through a House committee, with an amendment.

The House Judiciary Committee approved Senate Bill 81 by a vote of 12-1.

Freedom ScholarshipThe amendment, legislators say, speaks more to one issue, giving the state the ability to prosecute someone in a position of authority.

However, they say it doesn’t address bigger issues the state is facing, such as inappropriate public groping.

“We were hoping for this change to really cancel all these acts,” said State Senator Helene Duhamel of District 32. “The House (committee) made an amendment that really singularly speaks to a person of authority and what happened in the case of the girls with their coach.”

The bill now heads to the full House. If approved, it will go to a conference committee, where parties can further negotiate the definition before sending it to the governor’s desk.

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