Friday, January 09, 2004
Alcohol in South Dakota
Vice Squad's loyal reader keeps asking, "Hey, where are the South Dakota alcohol stories?" From that prodding comes these two quick links on potential changes to alcohol policy in parts of the Mount Rushmore State. First, the Oglala Sioux Tribe is thinking of legalizing purchase and sale of alcohol on the Pine Ridge reservation; second, for the thirteenth straight year, Pennington County in South Dakota wants the state to impose (and earmark for county use) a 5 cents alcohol excise tax increase. Currently, the county receives no alcohol tax revenues, though it runs serious expenses in locking up under-the-influence offenders. The linked report notes: "Commissioners say at any given time alcohol use and abuse accounts for about 80-percent of the Pennington County Jail population."