South Dakota senators put the pornography industry first

A group of four Republicans in the South Dakota state Senate Judiciary Committee killed a bill Thursday that would require pornography sites to implement an ID check for age verification.

The four Republican senators, Michael Rohl, Helene Duhamel, Michael Walsh, and David Wheeler, provided the four votes necessary to prevent HB 1257 from advancing to the floor of the Senate. But Republican state Rep. Bethany Soye told the Washington Examiner in an interview that there will be an effort next week to “smoke out” the bill and force a floor vote in the Senate.

The four senators who voted to kill the bill claimed that a “private cause of action” that allowed anyone to bring a legal case against a noncompliant pornography site was unworkable and problematic and that the bill would not stop children from watching pornography.

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