Day 15 of 40

Wednesday, January 30, 2019

Legislative Daily Update: Day 15 of 40

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HB 1201 revise provisions regarding group pheasant hunts for disabled veterans

HB 1242 include opossums within the definition of predator

SB 183: revise certain provisions regarding buffer strips.  All three bills introduced today

 

HB 1159: repeal a provision that prohibits hunting mourning doves on public roads and highways.

HB 1162 provide for the expiration of certain statutory authority regarding the promulgation of rules by the Game, Fish and Parks Commission both in House Ag.  Thursday, 1-31-2019, 745am.

HB 1023: revise certain provisions regarding the sale and purchase of big game animal parts and

HB 1024: authorize certain species of game fish to be used as bait. and

SB 63: increase the penalty for a subsequent conviction for trespass to hunt, fish, or trap. All 3 bills will be in Senate Ag. On Thursday, 1-31-2019, 10 am.

 

When you are following the Legislation we are watching, and the bill is passed out of the original side that it was introduced in, we will move it to where the bill is currently being debated HB to Senate and Senate to the House side. Example below. HB 1031 is now listed on the Senate side because it has passed the House.

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 1073: revise provisions regarding the killing of certain birds or animals from an aircraft. If passed would allow persons to check and locate varmints and predators with an airplane or drone. This is probably illegal under federal law and may die on the floor. If the bill continues on, we will ask for it be amended to take out all public property, as having drones flying over hunters, fishermen and others legally enjoying their sport is not consistent with either common courtesy or the rules of fair chase. It also allows unethical hunters an excuse for spotting large bucks and moving flocks of waterfowl. As a reasonable compromise, this should be limited to private property with permission only. As written, and absent any federal enforcement, this bill would allow a hunter to sit on a ROW and fly a drone over private land. SDWF opposes this bill as written. House Ag to full House. http://sdlegislature.gov/Legislative_Session/Bills/Bill.aspx?Bill=1073&Session=2019

HB 1100: revise certain programs regarding landowner rights This bill is a carcass, no language associated with bill. No hearing scheduled http://sdlegislature.gov/Legislative_Session/Bills/Bill.aspx?Bill=1100&Session=2019

HB 1101: revise certain programs regarding the Department of Game, Fish and Parks. This bill is a carcass no language associated with bill. No hearing scheduled http://sdlegislature.gov/Legislative_Session/Bills/Bill.aspx?Bill=1101&Session=2019

HB 1145: establish certain provisions regarding the mowing of rights-of-way adjacent to the state trunk highway system. Allows road right-of-ways to be mowed at any time. This goes against the stated objectives of the Governor in providing more habitat for pheasants. We should not allow any mowing until after most pheasants and ducks are done nesting. The ROWs provide nesting cover where little or none exists. No hearing scheduled. http://sdlegislature.gov/Legislative_Session/Bills/Bill.aspx?Bill=1145&Session=2019

HB 1152: provide for the permitting of outfitters and guides. This bill is a carcass no language associated with bill. No hearing scheduled http://sdlegislature.gov/Legislative_Session/Bills/Bill.aspx?Bill=1152&Session=2019

HB 1159: repeal a provision that prohibits hunting mourning doves on public roads and highways. SDWF supports this bill, but a note of caution: SD lost road hunting for doves decades ago because of the unethical actions of a few. We believe the current law forbidding shooting sitting birds, plus the laws against shooting to close to buildings and reckless discharge of weapons will prevent future problems House Ag. 745 am, 1-31-2019, Rm 414 http://sdlegislature.gov/Legislative_Session/Bills/Bill.aspx?Bill=1159&Session=2019

HB 1162 provide for the expiration of certain statutory authority regarding the promulgation of rules by the Game, Fish and Parks Commission. This bill calls for the rewrite of over 50 laws concerning GF&P authority to manage and enforce rules pertaining to outdoor activities. While no doubt some (if not all) sections of law could be rewritten or even removed as being “irrelevant, inconsistent, illogically arranged, or unclear in their intent and direction,” the bill applies only to GF&P and the net effect may be to take all authority away from the GFP Commission. We encourage all laws and rules to be clear and reasonable; we do not support any attempt to subvert the system we have now and inject even more politics into wildlife management. This bill may be killed by the sponsor. House Ag. 745 am, 1-31-2019, Rm 414 http://sdlegislature.gov/Legislative_Session/Bills/Bill.aspx?Bill=1162&Session=2019

HB 1181: create a habitat conservation emblem specialty plate This is a good idea, but requires new plates to be issued and installed every year. Some of us look at each new plate as collectibles, and others look at the annual cost, or would prefer not to have to change plates on an annual basis, especially those of us who must do so in the dead of winter. The bill does not give the final price for the plates each year, except it is expected to be $20 to $30 for the sticker, plus $10 will be added for administrative costs and fees. However, this is a voluntary tax, and SDWF supports the concept. No hearing scheduled http://sdlegislature.gov/Legislative_Session/Bills/Bill.aspx?Bill=1181&Session=201

HB 1182: require a balanced and representative membership on the Game, Fish and Parks Commission This is an interesting bill and a great improvement on what we have. One major impact is it will allow Independents to serve on the GF&P Commission. The requirements for serving are very good. SDWF strongly supports this bill. , No hearing scheduled. http://sdlegislature.gov/Legislative_Session/Bills/Bill.aspx?Bill=1182&Session=2019

HB 1201 revise provisions regarding group pheasant hunts for disabled veterans. 

No hearing scheduled.

HB 1242 include opossums within the definition of predator. No Hearing scheduled.

Senate Bills:

SB 63: increase the penalty for a subsequent conviction for trespass to hunt, fish, or trap Although we requested a minor modification, it has not yet happened: This bill should be changed to only apply to something like “a second or third trespass in X number of years,” similar to DUI laws. Unless it is changed, we should not support this bill in part because of the ambiguity of nonmeandered water closures and ease of accidental trespass. We also don’t believe a mistake made by an 18-year old should be held against him or her 50 years later. If the bill is changed, SDWF can support the enhanced penalties for repeat offenders.  Senate Ag, 1-30-2019, 10am, Rm. 414. http://sdlegislature.gov/Legislative_Session/Bills/Bill.aspx?Bill=63&Session=2019

SB 153: authorize the Game, Fish and Parks Commission to provide for a special hunting license with the proceeds to be used for habitat. This bill is extremely unclear how the special license will be used, including the game species, and how the funds will be spent: “Proceeds from the application fee collected shall be used for habitat programs.” There are dozens of current or potential habitat programs, including cost share for food plots on private lands and spraying weeds on GPAs. We need more information and input before deciding to support this bill or not. Money spent does not necessarily equal money well spent, and these are sportsman’s dollars. In addition, this will possibly end up with nonresidents being able to apply for elk and East River any deer special hunting licenses. Currently, nonresident are not allowed in these drawings. SDWF is monitoring. No hearing scheduled http://sdlegislature.gov/Legislative_Session/Bills/Bill.aspx?Bill=153&Session=2019

SB 183: revise certain provisions regarding buffer strips. No hearing scheduled

HB 1023: revise certain provisions regarding the sale and purchase of big game animal parts.  This removes one law and alters another one and is a GFP sponsored bill. This bill is necessary because GF&P changed the archery season to allow hunters to kill bucks in velvet. Passed House to Senate Ag, 1-30-2019, 10am, Rm. 414 http://sdlegislature.gov/Legislative_Session/Bills/Bill.aspx?Bill=1023&Session=2019

HB 1024: authorize certain species of game fish to be used as bait This bill allows certain game fish (bluegills) to be used as bait. While it is not the most pressing or important issue, SDWF disagrees with using game fish as bait. However, other laws still apply as far as methods of take, limits and sales of game fish. The overall effect will be small. Passed House to Senate Ag, 1-30-2019, 10am, Rm. 414

http://sdlegislature.gov/Legislative_Session/Bills/Bill.aspx?Bill=1024&Session=2019

 

HB 1054: revise certain provisions regarding the possession of firearms on certain vehicles SDWF is monitoring. We see no reason other than safety concerns to oppose this bill. The law against discharging a firearm at game animals from a vehicle (stationary or not) will still apply. Passed House to the Senate http://sdlegislature.gov/Legislative_Session/Bills/Bill.aspx?Bill=1054&Session=2019

 

Finalizations:

HB 1031: authorize certain wind and solar easements and leases by the commissioner of School and Public Lands. If passed would allow these types of projects onto public lands. The SD Constitution stipulates that the SPL must try to make as much money as they can to help fund our schools. Passed House passed Senate

to Gov.’s desk http://sdlegislature.gov/Legislative_Session/Bills/Bill.aspx?Bill=1031&Session=2019

SB 33: authorize the commissioner of school and public lands to sell and acquire certain real property. If passed it is to allow the SPL to buy and trade for access to larger land locked SPL lands. Passed Senate to House Ag, tabled (DEAD) requested by sponsor http://sdlegislature.gov/Legislative_Session/Bills/Bill.aspx?Bill=33&Session=2019

 

 

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