State of South Dakota
Senators Daugaard, Flowers, Kloucek, Munson (David), Paisley, and Reedy
and Representatives Koetzle, Belatti, Cerny, Fischer-Clemens, Gabriel, Hagen,
Lucas, Moore, and Pederson (Gordon)
FOR AN ACT ENTITLED, An Act
to require the provision of certain closed captioning and
interpretive television services.
BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF SOUTH DAKOTA:
Terms used in this Act mean:
(1) "Closed captioning," services designed for persons with hearing disabilities that
provide a live or prerecorded visual presentation of the sound associated with a given
television program. Captioning services are not visible except on a television receiver
designed to display them or by use of a specifically installed decoder;
(2) "Interpreter services," the relaying of any local news program to the general public
through the use of qualified sign language interpreters. The interpreter services are
accomplished by simultaneously broadcasting the sign language interpreter's actual
person in the same visual frame as the local news announcer. The sign language
interpreter simultaneously signs the contents of the local programmed news as it is
spoken by the local news announcer;
(3) "Local broadcasting news program," any news program and local broadcasted
television programs produced in South Dakota, including sports, weather,
emergency, legislation, education, governmental, health, and any other essential
(4) "Real-time closed captioning," any service similar to closed captioning but
specifically used to reference the live captioning of live programs versus the
captioning of prerecorded programs. These services are rendered simultaneously on
a verbatim basis as a program is being broadcasted.
9-35-16 to 9-35-24, effective July 1, 1998, all South Dakota
based, local television stations, including South Dakota Public Television, KABY, KDLT,
KCLO, KELO, KEVN, KSFY, KPLO, KTTW, and KOTA, shall provide closed captioning, or
until closed captioning can be fully implemented in each local television station's broadcast,
provide interpreter services, in the production and dissemination of all local news broadcasting
programs. However, all South Dakota based, local television stations shall provide real-time
captioning on all live local broadcasting news programs as defined in section 1 of this Act no
later than July 1, 1999.
2/3/97 First read in Senate and referred to Commerce.
2/11/97 Scheduled for Committee hearing on this date.
2/11/97 Commerce Do Pass, Passed, AYES 5, NAYS 2.
2/12/97 Deferred to another day.
2/14/97 Motion to Amend.
2/14/97 Senate Do Pass Amended, Passed, AYES 21, NAYS 14.
2/14/97 Intent to reconsider.
2/15/97 Reconsidered (vote by which passed/lost), AYES 32, NAYS 1.
2/15/97 Deferred to another day.
2/18/97 Motion to Amend.
2/18/97 Senate Placed on Calendar.
2/18/97 Motion to Amend.
2/18/97 Senate Do Pass Amended, Passed, AYES 24, NAYS 10.
2/18/97 Senate Title Amended.