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Commerce and Consumer Affairs, Department of

 Record Group
Identifier: CCA

Scope and Contents

This record group contains records created and/or maintained by the South Dakota Department of Commerce and Consumer Affairs and includes meeting minutes, correspondence, bank licensing and closing files, consumer complaint files, discrimination complaint case files, professional and occupational licensing board and commission records, securities broker licensing and investigation files, Public Utilities Commission dockets and hearing records, and reports received from various railroad companies operating in South Dakota.


  • 1889 - 1982

Administrative History

The Deparment of Commerce and Consumer Affairs was created in 1973 by Sections 39-65 of Executive Order No. 73-1 pursuant to Section 8 of Article IV of the South Dakota Constitution. At the time of this reorganization, the functions of the previous Department of Banking and Finance, Department of Securities, Department Insurance, and the governance of various professional and occupational licensing boards and committees were transferred to the newly created department. The general purpose of the department was the protection of both consumer and human rights. The department served as a regulatory agency with a primary emphasis on the regulation of economic transactions which could be physically or economically harmful to institutions and/or individual consumers if improperly performed. The regulatory duties of the department included the prevention of fraud and abuse in the sale of goods and services; oversight of industries such as banking, insurance, and securities; and the licensing and regulation of professions and occupations.

The Secretary of Commerce and Consumer Affairs served as the head of the department and was appointed by the Governor and confirmed by the State Senate. The department was organized into eight major divisions: Division of the Secretary (includes the Racing Commission and the Athletics Commission), Division of Banking and Finance (includes the State Banking Commission and the South Dakota Savings and Loan Board), Division of Securities, Division of Insurance, Division of Consumer Protection, Division of Human Rights (includes the Commission on Human Rights), Division of Professional and Occupational Licensing (includes numerous licensing boards and commissions), and the Division of Public Utilities (includes the Public Utilities Commission)

In 1979, the Deparment of Commerce and Consumer Affairs was renamed the Department of Commerce (Session Laws of 1979, Chapter 351, Section 26); in 1982 the name was changed to the Department of Tourism and Commerce; in 1985 it was renamed the Department of Commerce and Regulation, which it remained until 2003 when the deparment was abolished and its functions and programs were divided between the newly recreated Department of Public Safety, the Department of Revenue and Regulation, the Department of Health, the Department of Labor, the Department of Human Services, and the Department of Agriculture. Responsibility for performing the functions of the former Division of Consumer Protection of the Department of Commerce and Consumer Affairs relating to consumer affairs, deceptive trade practices, and consumer protection was transferred to the Office of the Attorney General (Session Laws of 2003, Chapter 272, Sections 19-20, 121; Executive Reorganization Order No. 2003-01).


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For additional state government records pertaining to the administrative activities and subjects covered in this record group, see the following record groups: Attorney General (ATG), Department of Agriculture (AG), Department of Commerce (DCM), Department of Commerce and Regulation (DCR), Department of Health (DOH), Department of Labor (DOL), and Department of Public Safety (DPS).

Guide to the Records of the South Dakota Department of Commerce and Consumer Affairs
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Part of the South Dakota State Archives Repository

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