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South Dakota Lawmakers Seek to Reduce Absentee Voting Window

PIERRE, S.D. – South Dakota lawmakers are advancing a bill that would cut the amount of time available for early voting. The House State Affairs Committee voted 11-2 Wednesday for the bill. It would reduce the absentee voting window from 46 days to the first Friday in October before an election. Republican Rep. Drew Dennert says the new window would…

“Strongly Worded” Letter Writing Workshops Held Across State

Have something you want to tell your legislators but unsure of how to say it?

If you’ve ever wanted to make your ideas, concerns, or thoughts known to your legislators but were unsure of how, this opportunity is for you. The ACLU of South Dakota is currently hosting a series of workshops designed to help you construct a letter that will grab your lawmakers attention – whatever the issue may be that you may want…

Groups Are Trying to Abolish the Death Penalty

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. — Protesters and supporters came out Monday for the execution of Rodney Berget. South Dakota is one of 30 states that still serve capital punishment. Now, groups are making a point to abolish the death penalty. “When I was out there I was saying we might as well be at the guillotine right now. That’s how gross it…

ACLU Encouraging Smart Justice Campaign During Election

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. — With election season in full force the American Civil Liberties Union is urging people to join their campaign that would send fewer people to jail. A Sioux Falls man is also joining the push after losing his rights. “Well I’m not able to vote, and that was very saddening and heartbreaking,” says Terry Liggins. Terry Liggins is…

ACLU Sues Worthington Police, Drug Task Force, In Excessive Force Case

WORTHINGTON, M.N. – A Worthington man is suing multiple law enforcement agencies after dash cam footage revealed what the American Civil Liberties Union is calling an “excessive use of force” during a traffic stop. The incident in question happened in Worthington in July of 2016. In previously released dashcam video Buffalo Ridge Drug Task Force agent Joe Joswiak is seen…

ACLU Sues Trump Over Transgender Military Ban

BALTIMORE (AP) – The American Civil Liberties Union has filed a lawsuit challenging President Donald Trump’s ban on transgender individuals joining the military. The federal lawsuit was filed in Maryland on Monday by the ACLU of Maryland on behalf of several service members who are transgender. Trump directed the Pentagon on Friday to implement the ban on transgender individuals joining…

Civil Rights Group Sues Nebraska State Prisons System

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) – The Nebraska chapter of the American Civil Liberties Union is following through with its promise to sue the state prisons system because it hasn’t taken significant steps to remedy what the group calls inhumane conditions. The ACLU filed a federal lawsuit early Wednesday on behalf of 11 prisoners. It names the Nebraska Department of Correctional Services,…

South Dakota Sued For Using Catheter In Toddler Drug Screen

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) – The American Civil Liberties Union is suing South Dakota over the forced use of a catheter to take a urine sample from a 3-year-old boy. The toddler was being tested for exposure to drugs as part of child-neglect investigation. The ACLU on Thursday filed a pair of federal lawsuits challenging the practice, saying that it…

ACLU Wants New Rules On Schools Use Of Seclusion Rooms

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) – The American Civil Liberties Union of Iowa and six other attorneys want state rules changed regarding public schools’ use of padded seclusion rooms and physical restraints. The ACLU and the attorneys last week filed a petition for rulemaking with the Iowa Education Department. The petition asks the department to change Iowa Administrative Code to ensure…

Appeals Court: NSA Surveillance Challenge Can Move Forward

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) – A federal appeals court says Wikimedia’s case challenging the government’s practice of collecting certain internet communications can move forward. The three-judge panel of the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled Tuesday that Wikimedia has standing to challenge the National Security Agency’s “upstream” surveillance practice. The appeals court reversed a lower-court ruling dismissing Wikimedia’s case. The…

Transgender Issue Overshadows Illinois School Board Election

PALATINE, Ill. (AP) – A suburban Chicago school district’s policy that has allowed a transgender student to use the girls’ locker room since late 2015 has become a defining issue in the school board race. More than 50 families calling themselves Parents for Privacy are suing the Palatine Township High School District 211 in federal court, saying the transgender policy…

ACLU Opposes Bill Keeping Many 911 Calls Secret In Iowa

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) – The American Civil Liberties Union of Iowa is opposing a bill moving quickly through the Legislature that would block public access to 911 calls involving injuries. The nonprofit registered against the bill Friday, one day after The Associated Press reported about the legislation. The bill would declare that audio, video and transcripts of 911 calls…