36-7-29. Immunity from liability of professional society committee members--Conditions--Official immunity unaffected.
There shall be no monetary liability on the part of, and no cause of action for damages shall arise against, any member of a duly appointed committee of a state professional society, comprised of optometrists licensed to practice their profession in the State of South Dakota, for any act or proceeding undertaken or performed within the scope of the functions of any such committee which is formed to maintain the duly established professional standards of the society or the requirements of law, if such committee member acts without malice, has made a reasonable effort to obtain the facts of the matter as to which he acts, and acts in a reasonable belief that the action taken by him is warranted by the facts known to him after such reasonable effort to obtain facts. "Professional society" includes optometric organizations having as members at least a majority of the eligible licensees in the state. The provisions of this section do not affect the official immunity of an officer or employee of a public corporation or of an optometrist serving on a committee or board or other entity authorized by state or federal law.