The criminal justice initiative bill has been filed

The centerpiece of Gov. Dennis Daugaard’s State of the State speech, the criminal justice initiative, has been filed into law.

That means we can now call it Senate Bill 70, rather than the unwieldy “criminal justice initiative.”

You can read the text here.

The bill, fittingly for its title, has 70 co-sponsors, including leaders of both political parties.

Senate President Pro Tempore Corey Brown says the bill will be headed to the Senate State Affairs Committee. That committee has top legislative leaders on it and handles a lot of the highest-profile pieces of legislation. The other obvious option for the CJI would have been the judiciary committee.