PIERRE, S.D. (AP) - New state laws taking effect Sunday will require people to pay slightly higher phone bills to support the 911 emergency network, allow players to place higher bets in Deadwood casinos and change the way the state assesses the performance of schools.
Most laws passed by the South Dakota Legislature take effect July 1, the start of state government's fiscal year.
The 911 surcharge on most phone bills will increase from the current 75 cents a month to $1.25 to help pay for operating 911 safety dispatch centers.
Bet limits in Deadwood casinos increase from the current $100 to $1,000.
Another law allows the state to use a new method of assessing the effectiveness of public schools.
Lawmakers introduced 471 bills this year, and 253 were passed to become new laws.