Politics & Elections

'Right To Publicity' Bill Must Pass Senate In Last Week

A bill that would establish a "Right of Publicity" in the state needs to be heard this week if it's to become South Dakota law.    Rep. Elizabeth May is pushing the measure that would prohibit the unauthorized commercial use of a personality's right of publicity.    May drafted the legislation because some constituents want to put a museum on late American Indian Movement leader Russell Means's ranch.    She says for that to happen, the state has to have a right of publicity law in place, protecting things like a personality's name, voice, and likeness from being used in the commercial setting without that person's permission.    The full House and a Senate committee have passed the measure. It still needs to pass the full Senate.

Child Sexual Abuse Task Force Shut Down

Members of the House State Affairs Committee voted 10-2 against a proposal to allow the Jolene's Law Task Force to continue working this year. It's a move that shocked task force members and left child advocates wondering why.

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