Lawmakers to consider harsher penalties for stalking

PIERRE, S.D. - Legislators in South Dakota are considering harsher penalties for stalking if a person has been convicted of similar charges in another state.

Currently, out-of-state stalking convictions cannot be considered in court, unlike assault or drunken driving convictions that occur elsewhere. The first stalking conviction is a misdemeanor and automatically triggers a restraining order.

KOTA-TV reports the bill is to be considered by the House Judiciary Committee this session. A hearing date has not been set. 

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