South Dakota: House Panel Approves AIDS Measure
March 3, 2003
A bill that would allow the South Dakota State Health Department to release otherwise confidential HIV information to prosecutors if ordered to do so by judges was approved Friday by a state Senate committee. The bill also provides that health officials could notify the attorney general or prosecutors if they suspect someone has intentionally exposed others to HIV without telling them. The Judiciary Committee panel voted 5-2 to send the bill to the full Senate. "It's got to be here for the protection of the public and for the people of the state," said Sen. Gene Abdallah (R-Sioux Falls). He added that the bill has the support of several health and legal organizations. But Sen. Gil Koetzle (D-Sioux Falls) said he believes part of the measure circumvents judicial process.Adapted from:
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