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Thu Jan 18, 2018, 09:33 PM

Bill would subject satirists who get creative with state seal to jail time

Taking artistic liberties with the South Dakota State Seal could result in jail time if a group of Legislators has its way.

House Bill 1102 would make it a Class 1 misdemeanor to replicate the state seal in a way that isn't "full and complete" and does not include the state motto "Under God The People Rule."

Dozens of Legislators have signed on to the bill and its prime sponsor Rep. Sue Peterson, R-Sioux Falls, said Thursday that she wrote the bill in hopes of giving the secretary of state's office additional authority to police inaccurate or incomplete versions of the seal.

The issue came to her attention when legislators noticed the seal on their state apparel lacked the state motto, Peterson said.

Read more: http://www.argusleader.com/story/news/city/2018/01/18/state-seal-protection-bill-conflict-first-amendment-critics-say/1045112001/

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Response to TexasTowelie (Original post)

Thu Jan 18, 2018, 09:43 PM

1. Challenge it.

Same emblem except, "Under Republicans, we rule the People." Would this be a Capitol Offense by Republicans? Please test this out....

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Thu Jan 18, 2018, 09:55 PM

2. If it's not meant to defraud, it should be ok.

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