Bryan Cohen Jun. 14, 2013, 7:51pm

PIERRE, S.D. (Legal Newsline) - South Dakota Attorney General Marty Jackley announced Wednesday that a group of stakeholders were asked to participate in a workgroup to evaluate the current state statutes related to consumer protection.

The workgroup is comprised of private business owners, law enforcement, local and state government agencies, legislators and various associations with a stake in improving consumer protection regulations. The group will look at multiple laws, including the Deceptive Trade Practices Act.

The current laws on consumer protection were put in place in 1971 with some revisions since that time.

"Last year alone, the attorney general's Consumer Protection Division assisted over twenty thousand consumers in recovering over $11 million," Jackley said. "The Consumer Protection stakeholders have been tasked to use their diverse experience to better protect and serve both South Dakota consumers and businesses."

State legislators invited to the meeting included Rep. Anne Hajek (R-14th), Rep. Herman Otten (R-6th), Rep. Peggy Gibson (D-22nd), Sen. Ernie Otten (R-6th), Sen. Jason Frerichs (D-1st) and Sen. Jean Hunhoff (R-18th).

The first meeting took place on Thursday at Jackley's office at the George S. Mickelson Criminal Justice Center in Pierre. The meeting was open to the public.


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