Category: 2014 Legislative Bills

Legislative Daily Update

Wednesday, July 9, 2014
Legislative Daily Update Day: Day 32 of 38
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All of the bills we were concerned with have run their course.  Below, under "Finalizations", is what is left and their status.  The 37th  day is March 14th with the 38th day being March 31st for vetoes and last day stuff. We will continue to monitor and update but I think all is done.
HB=House Bill   SB=Senate Bill
SDWF comments on the Bill
Location of Bill and scheduled hearings:
Link to actual Bill: 
House Bills:   
Senate Bills: 
HB 1006 provide for the assessment and taxation of agricultural land based on its actual use. 
Good Bill SDWF supports.
Tabled (Dead) 
HB 1012 provide for free resident fishing licenses for certain entities teaching basic fishing skills. 
Dept. Bill.  If passed would allow the GFP to allow free fishing licenses to groups teaching fishing. 
HB 1013 authorize construction of a visitor center and associated interpretive displays at Good Earth State Park and to declare an emergency. 
Dept. Bill. 
HB 1014 increase the nonrefundable application fee for resident bighorn sheep, mountain goat, and elk licenses. 
Dept. Bill.  
HB 1068 revise provisions relating to the use of dogs in hunting mountain lions. 
Would allow the use of dogs outside the Black Hills Fire District to kill Mt. Lions. 

HB 1076 revise certain requirements relating to party fishing
If passed would allow party fishing, meaning everyone could fish to get everyone's limit. 
HB 1083 An Act to restrict the term of conservation easements 
SDWF Opposes, should be the landowners private property right to put a perpetual easement onto their property, if passed limits to 99 years   
Passed Full House defeated 17 to 51 (Dead) 
HB 1097 revise the criteria for classifying property as agricultural land. 
This would change the criteria for assessment on Ag. land, it does leave all of GFP classified as Ag. land which is the cheapest level available.  
HB 1102 authorize the use of artificial light to hunt coyotes under certain conditions SDWF Opposes, we do not think that the added un-safe practices in the use of artificial light shooting coyotes is needed. 
HB 1103 require the Game, Fish and Parks Commission to provide for an earlier archery deer hunting season
This is so the people the bill was created for could shoot a buck in velvet.
House Ag. Passed to 41st day (Dead)  
HB 1110 revise certain provisions regarding the definition of a resident for the purposes of hunting, fishing, and trapping licenses. 
SDWF is monitoring.
HB 1116 permit the holders of grazing and agricultural leases on school and public lands to control access to hunt on those lands. 
House Judiciary passed to 41st day (Dead)
HB 1118 clarify certain provisions about discharging firearms in safety zones Passed House To  Passed Senate  to Gov.
HB 1130 authorize the use of crossbows for hunting big game animals during the firearm season  
HB 1138 deposit money in the permanent school fund for certain school and public lands adjacent to walk-in areas. 
SDWF Opposes and would be a diversion of funds for GFP if passed. 
House Appropriations, Tabled (Dead)
HB 1154 authorize the commissioner of school and public lands to grant certain surface and subsurface easements to provide access to oil, gas, minerals, and geothermal resources. 
Passed House To Senate to Gov.
HB 1171 revise provisions relating to trespass associated with hunting, fishing, or trapping.
HB 1182 provide for the establishment of crossbow hunting seasons during certain archery hunting seasons. 
SDWF opposes the establishment of another type of hunting and another number of license, we feel our deer herds are already providing the most opportunities it can. House Judiciary,Tabled (Dead)
HB 1185 Allows GFP Commission to set waterfowl numbers.  
HB 1208 restrict access to certain waters that inundate private property.
HB 1209 provide for reimbursement of property taxes paid on certain private lands inundated by the waters of non meandered lakes. 
Tabled by sponsor (Dead)
HB 1211 establish the right to have a firearm in a motor vehicle under most circumstance. 
House Transportation passed to 41st day (Dead)
HB 1215 provide for the issuance of free fishing licenses to residents aged eighty-five and older.
SB 76 revise certain provisions relating to the killing of mountain lions that threaten personal safety or property.
Would allow the killing of Mt. lions anytime you see one or feel threatened. Passed Senate to  Failed House Dead 
SB 104 authorize the hunting of coyotes using artificial light under certain conditions.Passed Senate to Passed House to Gov.
SB 146 revise certain provisions regarding the closure of county and township roads due to high water.
SDWF does support this bill.
With drawn by sponsors Sen. Holien of Watertown is going to hog-house this bill for us and is a companion bill to SB 169.
SB 164 revise the allocation of certain temporary nonresident waterfowl hunting licenses.
SB 169 provide for access to and use of public waters on public and private property and to protect private property rights for the citizens of South Dakota.
This is the bill that SDWF worked on and is going to remain neutral and will lay the facts out and let our members make up their own minds, This bill is also tied to SB146 to keep access open.
Tabled by sponsor (Dead).
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Categories2014 Legislative Bills

Legislative Daily Update

Monday, July 7, 2014

Legislative Daily Update Day: Day 37 of 38

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HB=House Bill SB=Senate Bill

SDWFs Comments on Individual Bills:

Location of Bill and scheduled hearings:

Link to actual Bill:


HB 1123 passed and with wording that allows GF&P to "loan" money and add it too the ADC fund immediately, and then repay that "loan" when the $1 sur-charge comes in, expected to raise $310,000 in 2013.


House Bills:



Senate Bills







HB 1007; restrict the term of conservation easements. SDWF opposes House Ag. Passed to 41st day (dead)


HB 1028; repeal the requirement that a minor be accompanied by an adult while hunting mourning doves. SDWF supports this Bill in hopes that it gives young adults the opportunity to go out dove hunting without a parent accompanying them. House Passed to Passed Senate to Gov. for signature.


HB 1029; exempt persons hunting mountain lions from the requirement to wear fluorescent orange exterior garments SDWF opposes this Bill.. Passed House to Passed Senate to Gov.


HB 1093; allow the use of dogs to hunt mountain lions and leashed dogs to track and retrieve wounded or presumed dead big game animals. SDWF opposes. Passed House Passes Senate to Gov. for sig. ,


HB 1123; increase the surcharge on certain hunting licenses. This would increase the current $5 sur-charge to $6 with the additional $1 going to ADC fund. SDWF opposesFull House Passed to Passed Full Senate to Gov. .



HB 1132; include wolves in the definition of predator/varmint SDWF opposes and is monitoring House Ag, Tabled (Dead)


HB 1135; regulate access to and use of public waters on public and private propertySDWF adamantly opposes! . Passed House to Senate State Affairs passed to 41 st day. (Dead)


HB 1145; provide that road-killed animals are in the public domain and to provide the means of possession SDWF adamantly opposes! House Transportation, passed to 41st day (Dead)


HB 1146; prohibit private trapping by conservation officers and certain Game, Fish and Parks employees. SDWF opposes. . ).House Ag.passed to 41st day (Dead


HB 1147; transfer the administration and supervision of all trapping statutes and rules to the Department of Agriculture SDWF opposes. House)


HB 1144; permit the euthanization of deer that have been seriously injured in motor vehicle accidents SDWF opposes! State law and GF&P policy already allows for the euthanization and disposal of deer. Full House passed to passed Senate to Gov. for sig.


HB 1148; revise certain provisions relating to the checking of traps and removal of caught animals SDWF opposes. .House Ag.passed to 41st day (Dead


HB 1149; revise and clarify requirements relating to limits of small game and fish taken by small game hunting parties and fishing partiesFull House Passed passed Senate to Gov.


HB 1156; revise certain provisions concerning nonresident waterfowl licenses Full House defeated on do pass (dead)


HB 1160; clarify certain penalty provisions relating to damage caused by wildlife to land, livestock, or crops House Ag. passed to 41st day (Dead)


HB 1167; revise the composition of the policy review committee for animal damage control SDWF opposes. This sets up a committee with a ratio of approximately 4 to 1 ag interests vs. sportsman, but sportsmen supply the majority of the funding. Full House Passed Senate to Gov. .


HB 1168; increase certain levies relating to predator control districtsSDWF is monitoring. . Full House Passed Senate Ag. to Full Senate


HB 1234; provide a limited exception to the provisions that exempt sport shooting ranges from the public nuisance laws

Passed House to Passed Senate to Gov.. SDWF monitoring


SB 74; require the forfeiture of preference points for certain hunting licenses upon conviction of unlawfully killing, taking, or possessing trophy animals. SDWF supports this Bill and hopefully if passed will help to deter someone from poaching a trophy animal. Senate passed Passed House to Gov. for signature .


SB 79; deposit money in the permanent school fund based on certain acres of school and public lands open to public hunting SDWF opposes Senate Education, Tabled (Dead)


SB 95; revise certain restrictions relating to road hunting SDWF is monitoring Senate Ag. passed to 41st day (Dead)


SB 141 revise certain financial assurance provisions relating to mining. SDWF supports, Senate Commerce passed to 41st day (dead)


SB 148 reestablish the force and effect of certain administrative rules relating to underground injection control and in situ leach miningSDWF monitoring, Senate Ag passed to 41st Day (Dead)


SB 149 revise certain provisions relating to violations found through environmental audits SDWF monitoring, Senate Ag passed to 41st Day (Dead)


SB 150 revise certain permitting requirements relating to in situ leach miningSDWF monitoring, Senate Ag passed to 41st Day (Dead)


SB 151; clarify the maintenance responsibilities on unimproved section lines SDWF supports . While most of the bill seems to be simply a clarification of language, all effects of the clarifications are not clear. Passed Senate to Passed House To Gov.


SB 152; authorize the hunting of coyotes using artificial light under certain conditions..SDWF opposes. Senate failed to pass


SB 179 provide for a uniform county drainage permit application form and to remove the maximum limit for drainage permit fees. SDWF Supports Senate Local Govt. Passed to 41st day (Dead)


SB 183 revise provisions relating to hunting trespass and to increase certain penalties for trespassing SDWF monitoring. . .passed Senate to House Judiciary, passed to 41st day (Dead)


SB 184 revise the number of ownership acres necessary to qualify for certain big game hunting licenses to be used on a landowner's propertySDWF adamantly opposes. Senate Ag. passed to 41st day (Dead)


SB 203 revise provisions relating to owners of property located near water This is a shell for HB 1156 in case it fails on the House side. Senate AgTabled (DEAD)


SB 205 authorize the hunting of wolves in certain circumstancesSDWF supports it only allows the hunting of wolves where they are no longer protected by USFWS. Passed Full Senate to Passed House To Gov. for signature.


SB 220 revise certain procedures for the vacation, change, or location of public highways. SDWF is investigating Senate Transportation, passed to 41st day (Dead)


SB 227 revise provisions relating to the possession of firearms on snowmobiles. SDWF is investigation. Passed Senate to Passed House to Gov. for signature.


SB 238 appropriate money to the animal damage control fund for predator control services and to declare an emergency. SDWF is investigation Senate Passed to House tabled (Dead)




Hints to use the SD legislative e-mail system:


To easily send the same e-mail to multiple legislators, use this internet address:


If your computer is connected to the internet, simply hold the cursor over the address above, hold down the Ctrl key and click the mouse, and you will go to the correct page on the internet. You can also cut and paste the address into your browser, but there is no need to.

-When the page opens up, fill out your e-mail address in the from line.

-Select a senator or representative in the drop down box, for example Sen. Smith.

-Put the HB or SB number and a brief description in the subject line. An example would be HB 1237 assess agricultural land based on its actual use

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Categories2014 Legislative Bills