AI Crimes to Face Federal Prosecution due to South Dakota’s Laws
In a recent interview, South Dakota’s Attorney General, Jackley, expressed concerns about the state’s laws not being equipped to handle crimes related to artificial intelligence (AI). As a result, some state and local investigations have required federal prosecution. To address this issue, the state has passed a bill that includes mandatory minimum prison sentences for possession, distribution, and manufacturing of AI-related offenses.
Bipartisan Support for the Bill in the House and Senate
The bill received overwhelming support in both the House of Representatives and the Senate. The Republican-held House passed the bill with a decisive 64-1 vote, while the Republican-supermajority Senate unanimously approved it. This bipartisan support reflects the urgency and importance of addressing the impact of AI crimes in the state.
Controlled Substance Designation for Xylazine
Another bill on Jackley’s legislative agenda aims to control the use of the animal sedative xylazine. Last year, the Office of National Drug Control Policy recognized the combination of xylazine and deadly fentanyl as an “emerging threat.” Jackley has described xylazine as a “national epidemic,” particularly in Sioux Falls.
Health Risks and Penalties for Xylazine Possession and Use
Xylazine poses significant health risks to humans, including difficulty breathing, dangerously low blood pressure, slowed heart rate, and the potential for infections and even death, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. To address the misuse of xylazine while allowing its veterinary use, the bill creates penalties of up to two years in prison and/or a $4,000 fine for possession and use of xylazine.
Strong Support for the Bill from the South Dakota Health Department
The bill received unanimous support from both chambers of the legislature. The Senate passed the bill unanimously, following the House’s approval last month. The South Dakota Health Department, along with Jackley, played a crucial role in advocating for the bill’s passage.
Governor Noem Highlights Xylazine Issue
Governor Noem emphasized the issue of xylazine abuse in her recent address. This recognition further underscores the importance of tackling the misuse of this substance in the state.
These bills demonstrate South Dakota’s commitment to addressing emerging challenges posed by AI crimes and controlling substances like xylazine that pose a threat to public health and safety.