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SD work group will review consumer protection laws

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) -- South Dakota Attorney General Marty Jackley has appointed a panel to review the state's consumer protection laws.

Jackley says the work group includes state lawmakers, officials from state and local government agencies, law enforcement officers, business owners and representatives of some business associations.

The attorney general says the group will look specifically at strengthening laws on deceptive trade practices. He says South Dakota's consumer protection laws were passed in 1971 and some revisions have been made over the years.

Jackley says the Consumer Protection Division in his office last year helped more than 20,000 consumers recover more than $11 million.

The work group planned to hold its first meeting Thursday in Pierre.