Month: July, 2015

Legislative Daily Update

Wednesday, July 8, 2015
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Legislative Daily Update Day: Day 38 of 39

Everything is pretty much done, the Legislature convenes one more day to address any veto's by the Governor. HB 1192 was only funded at $350,000 dollars far short of the ask by the Gov.'s office and the supporting groups. It seems to me a lot of people gladly sell our natural resources here in SD, but few want to do anything about preserving our natural resources for our future?

THANK YOU for all that you did to help us pass or to defeat bad Legislation.

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:





 Finalization of Bills;

HB 1006 allow bullheads to be used as bait. In SD bullheads are listed as a game fish and cannot be used as bait, this if passed would allow the GFP Commission to establish rules so bullheads can be used. Passed House Passed Senate to Gov. 



HB 1017 repeal certain outdated and unnecessary provisions related to the Department of Revenue. In the meat of this Bill is language to remove some 1972 legislation that directs the state to annually study and considers the possibility of designating river stretches as wild and scenic in SD. Passed House Passed Senate to Gov.'s desk


 HB 1122 authorize township boards to designate certain roads as no maintenance roads. SDWF supports with House Amendment , Passed House Passed Senate  To Gov.



HB 1146 limit who may request to see a person's hunting or fishing license.

SDWF monitoring, Now you have to show anyone your hunting/fishing license upon demand, if passed this would limit only CO and law enforcement personnel may, also amended was to allow a landowner on their own land that they control the access to can ask also. Passed House Passed Senate to Gov.


HB 1152 limit the terms of certain conservation easements. SDWF Opposes this landowners should be able to place any  type of easement on THEIR private  property. Dead passed to 41st day.

HB 1192 make an appropriation for the protection and enhancement of wildlife habitat and to declare an emergency. Senate funded $350.000



SB 2 provide for the establishment of river basin natural resource districts and to repeal certain provisions regarding county drainage management.  . SDWF monitoring but is acceptable as amended.Senate passed to Passed House to Gov.


SB 83 authorize a board of county commissioners to designate certain section line roads and secondary roads as no maintenance and to revise certain provisions to vacate, change, or locate a highway by a board of county commissioners. Looks like this Legislation if passed would help to alleviate the problems in NE SD and access, very good start but could be stronger. Was withdrawn by the sponsor.


SB 129 revise provisions relating to trespass associated with hunting, fishing, or trapping. SDWF opposes; There are already 3 different laws to cover trespassing, do we need another? Senate failed to pass 12 yeas, 21 nays 

SB 143 revise certain provisions regarding group hunting and possession of firearms. Sdwf monitoring is suppose to be pulled by sponsor)No copy of Bill available yet; Senate Ag. 2-5-2014, 10 am

SB 166 revise the method used to calculate the petition signatures to place initiated measures on the ballot and to declare an emergency  Tabled by Sponsor.

SB 171 authorize residents with out-of-state driver licenses to maintain resident hunting, fishing, and trapping privileges. Sponsor Tabled.
Contacting your Legislators:

Please note the LRC (Legislative Research Council) has changed the email system to make it more difficult for spammers to flood the legislators with emails. Unfortunately, their cure means you are no longer able to reach multiple legislators in a very short period of time. 
As you will see below, when you try to contact a legislator, you will receive an email from the state webmaster. The email may be detected as spam by your provider, and you will have to find it in your spam filter(s) and mark it as �Not Spam,� or �always accept mail from this domain.� We have found this happens to some of us after we have sent three or four emails and clicked on the link sent to our email address. You can add the email address to your address book on the very first email you get, or do it now. It may help resolve the issue before it happens. The address to add
We cannot afford to have our members remain silent. You can still use the email system if you are patient and are reasonably familiar with computer word processing programs and technology. If you have a dial-up system, you will need extra time. Please try the new system.
You can use this system to try to contact your legislators: 
  • Go to  (just push on the CTRL key and click on this link at the same time).
  • On the left side in the blue box choose �Email a Legislator.�
  • Fill in your email address.
  • Fill in your district number if you know it.
  • Select who you want to send it to. The Representatives and Senators are listed in the menu in alphabetical order.
  • Fill in the subject line.     
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  • Hit send to mail your message.
  • An email from the state webmaster will be sent to your email address (within a few seconds or minutes) to confirm that you are a real person.  You must click on this link to complete the process.
  •  If you wish to contact another legislator, click on the �Contact Your Legislator� link in the blue box to the left in the confirmation email.
  • You must re-write your email address, the subject line, your district, and your message. This step goes faster if you have copied the original message and can simply paste it in.
  • Hit send, wait for the response from the state webmaster, and click on the link.
  • Repeat until you have reached the legislators you most need to reach. Again, beware of trying to reach all of our elected leaders, even on issues of statewide importance. The system is designed to prevent this.
Helpful hints:
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Thank you for your help!

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