2018 Senate Bill 152 - Introduced

State of South Dakota  
NINETY-THIRD SESSION
LEGISLATIVE ASSEMBLY, 2018  

855Z0396   SENATE BILL   NO.  152  

Introduced by:    Senators Solano, Cronin, Curd, Haverly, Nesiba, Partridge, Rusch, Soholt, Stalzer, and Tidemann and Representatives Heinemann, Ahlers, Barthel, Bartling, Johns, Lust, McCleerey, McPherson, Mills, Reed, Ring, Rozum, Smith, Steinhauer, and York
 

        FOR AN ACT ENTITLED, An Act to revise certain provisions relating to the sale and possession of tobacco products.
BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF SOUTH DAKOTA:
    Section 1. That § 34-46-2 be amended to read:
    34-46-2. The following actions are unlawful:
            (1)    To knowingly sell or distribute a tobacco product to a person under the age of eighteen twenty-one;
            (2)    To purchase or attempt to purchase, to receive or attempt to receive, to possess, or to consume a tobacco product if a person is under the age of eighteen;
            (3)    To purchase a tobacco product on behalf of, or to give a tobacco product to, any person under the age of eighteen twenty-one;
            (4)(3)    To sell cigarettes other than in an unopened package originating with the manufacturer and depicting the warning labels required by federal law;
            (5)(4)    To sell tobacco products through a vending machine located in a place other than the

following:

            (a)    A factory, business, office, or other place not open to the general public;
            (b)    A place that is open to the public but to which persons under the age of eighteen twenty-one are denied access; or
            (c)    An establishment licensed under chapter 35-4 to sell alcoholic beverages for consumption on the premises where sold;
            (6)(5)    To sell cigarettes or smokeless tobacco, or both, through a self-service display other than a display that is:
            (a)    A vending machine permitted under subdivision (5) of this section; or
            (b)    Located in a tobacco speciality store; or
            (7)(6)    To distribute tobacco product samples in or on a public street, sidewalk, or park that is within five hundred feet of a playground, school, or other facility when the facility is being used primarily by persons under the age of eighteen twenty-one.
    Section 2. That § 34-46-2.1 be repealed.
    34-46-2.1. Any merchant who has reasonable grounds to believe that a minor has illegally purchased, attempted to purchase, possess, or consume a tobacco product, in violation of § 34-46-2, may detain the minor, on the premises of the merchant's establishment, in a reasonable manner and for a reasonable length of time:
            (1)    To request identification;
            (2)    To verify the identification;
            (3)    To make reasonable inquiry as to whether the minor has violated § 34-46-2 in any manner;
            (4)    To inform a law enforcement officer of the detention of the person and surrender that person to the custody of a law enforcement officer; or
            (5)    To inform a law enforcement officer or the parents, guardian, or other private person interested in the welfare of that minor of this detention and to surrender custody of the minor to that person.
    Section 3. That § 34-46-2.2 be amended to read:
    34-46-2.2. If a merchant chooses to implement the provisions of § 34-46-2.1, the A merchant shall may conspicuously post a notice, on the merchant's premises, stating that any person who the merchant reasonably believes was under the age of eighteen twenty-one, has attempted to purchase tobacco products, will be detained and surrendered to a law enforcement officer.
    Section 4. That § 34-46-3 be amended to read:
    34-46-3. Each county state's attorney or a local law enforcement officer designated by the state's attorney shall annually conduct unannounced, random inspections at various locations where tobacco products are sold or distributed to ensure compliance with this chapter. Persons under the age of eighteen twenty-one may be enlisted to test compliance with this chapter. Such The persons may be used to test compliance with this chapter only if the testing is conducted under the supervision of the county state's attorney or a local law enforcement officer designated by the state's attorney and written parental consent has been provided. Any other use of persons under the age of eighteen twenty-one to test compliance with this chapter is unlawful and the persons responsible for such use are subject to the penalties prescribed in § 34-46-5.
    Section 5. That § 34-46-5 be amended to read:
    34-46-5. A violation of § 34-46-2 is a Class 2 misdemeanor. A person is not liable for more than one violation of subdivision 34-46-2(4) on a single day. Reasonable reliance upon proof of age of the purchaser or the recipient of a tobacco product is a complete defense to any action brought against a person for the sale or distribution of a tobacco product to a person under the

age of eighteen twenty-one.

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