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  • Logical Operators are allowed. Hunting and Fishing will return statutes that containing both hunting and fishing. Hunting or Fishing will return statutes that contain hunting, fishing, or both.
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The Get Statute button can be used to locate a specific statute. You may type in a title, chapter, or section number. Example: typing 1 will return the chapter list for Title 1, typing 1-1 will return the section list for chapter 1-1, typing 1-1-1 will return section 1-1-1 of the statutes.

The Get Chapter button can be used to load a complete chapter of the statutes. This function requires a title and a chapter number. Examples: 1-1, 57A-1, 1-3

     1-1-23.   Expressions of sovereign will. The will of the sovereign power is expressed:
             (1)      By the Constitution of the United States;
             (2)      By treaties made under the authority of the United States;
             (3)      By statutes enacted by the Congress of the United States;
             (4)      By the Constitution of this state;
             (5)      By statutes enacted by the Legislature;
             (6)      By statutes enacted by vote of the voters;
             (7)      By the ordinances of authorized subordinate bodies;
             (8)      Rules of practice and procedure prescribed by courts or adopted by departments, commissions, boards, officers of the state, or its subdivisions pursuant to authority so to do.

Source: SDC 1939, § 65.0102; SL 1985, ch 15, § 5.

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