Day 14 of 38

Wednesday, January 31, 2018

Legislative Daily Update: Day 14 of 38

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Tomorrow, Feb. 1st is the last day for introduction of individual bills and joint resolutions.

 HB 1246 and HB 1257 were introduced today. HB 1246 deals with MEANDERED water and lakes in SD.

 Hearings scheduled are; HB 1119 is in local Govt. Committee on Thursday. HB 1217 is in House Ag. SDWF supports both bills. SB 137 is in Senate Ag. SDWF is monitoring.

HB = House Bill     SB = Senate Bill

SDWF comments on the Bill

Location of Bill and scheduled hearing of Bill

Link to actual Bill

House Bills:

HB 1106 authorize hunting preference points to be granted to persons age ten years or older This would allow 10-11 year olds to purchase preference points to use when they get old enough to get into the regular drawing for big game tags. No Hearing Scheduled

HB 1107 revise and repeal various provisions regarding the construction and maintenance of county and township highways and bridges. SDWF is monitoring Passed House Transportation, to full House

HB 1119 revise certain provisions regarding riparian buffer strips. This is a good bill if passed would allow County Commissioners to expand the riparian buffer strips legislation and where it is applicable and able to be used.  Hearing Scheduled House local Govt. 2-1-2018, 10 am, Rm.414

HB 1140 revise certain provisions regarding access to public water. SDWF Supports, if passed would help stop the closing of access to water and public hunting areas in the state. No Hearing Scheduled


HB 1148 revise certain provisions regarding the eligibility to serve on the Game, Fish, and Parks Commission SDWF is monitoring House Ag. Passed to full House

HB 1217 repeal a provision that prohibits hunting of mourning doves on certain property.

SDWF supports this Legislation. Hearing scheduled 2-1-2018 House Ag. 745 am, Rm 464 

HB 1219 revise certain provisions regarding the use of night vision equipment in huntingNo Hearing Scheduled

HB 1246 revise certain provisions regarding restricting recreational use on inundated private property. This is a very bad bill, it would allow the landowner of a MEANDERED lake that has expanded out of its meandered boundary to close the public’s water. This would affect lakes like Bitter, Waubay there seems to be no end? No Hearing scheduled

HB 1257 provide for the abandonment of certain highways by townships and counties SDWF is monitoring No Hearing scheduled

HJR 1005 Proposing and submitting to the voters at the next general election an amendment to the Constitution of the State of South Dakota, relating to fishing, hunting, and trappingNo Hearing Scheduled

Senate Bills:

SB 24 extend the effective date of certain provisions regarding the recreational use of meandered water. SDWF does not support the extension, we support passing equitable and fair water law. Passed Senate Ag, to full Senate


SB 137 revise certain provisions regarding the minimum hunting age SDWF monitoring Hearing scheduled Senate Ag. 2-1-2018, 10am, Rm 412


SB 170 direct the implementation of the requirements of certain provisions regarding non meandered watersNo Hearing Scheduled

HB 1046 allow certain resident farmers or ranchers to receive a big game license during the Black Hills deer season. This is a GFP Bill, it would establish a landowner preference tag for landowners in the Black Hills. SDWF supports Passed House to Senate

HB 1047 revise certain provisions defining fur-bearing animals. GFP Bill it adds River Otter and Fisher to fur bearers list.  SDWF supports Passed House to Senate

HB 1081 extend the effective date of certain provisions regarding the recreational use of nonmeandered water. SDWF is opposed, The Leg. needs to pass fair and equitable Legislation for water in SD.  Passed House to Senate


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