Day 30 of 37

Tuesday, March 3, 2020

Legislative Daily Update: Day 30 of 37

HB 1184 passed Sen. Ag and will be on the Senate Floor tomorrow. (Wed.) Separate action alert sent.

SB 150 will be on the House floor on (Wed.) Separate action alert sent

HCR 6011 passed Sen. Ag and was placed on consent calendar.

HB = House Bill     SB = Senate Bill

Location of Bill and scheduled hearing of Bill

Link to actual Bill

House Bills: 

SB 124 to revise provisions regarding group pheasant hunts for disabled veterans. SDWF will monitor Passed Senate to House

SB 150 an act to revise nonresident waterfowl licensure. SDWF strongly opposes The bill has the potential to increase hunting pressure in South Dakota, making it a lose-lose proposition for the vast majority of waterfowl hunters, resident and nonresident alike. There is no regard to the long term consequences of the privatization and commercialization of wildlife. Resident participation has been in steep decline over the past several years and this legislation has the potential to make those losses worse Passed Senate to Passed House Ag. to full House

SB 162 provide limitations on the use of lighting equipment while hunting. SDWF is monitoring. While we supported the bill as originally written, amendments have added back in some of the exceedingly dangerous and/or unethical practices allowed in recent years, although no reports of problems have been reported since it became law 3 years ago. Passed Senate to House Floor on consent

Senate Bills:

HB 1184 provide limited deer and antelope licenses to landowners. SDWF strongly opposes this bill. This bill gives guaranteed any deer and any antelope tags to nonresident landowners and their families STATEWIDE for all seasons and units. While we sympathize with nonresident landowners, our residents must come first. SDWF also encourages nonresidents to become residents of SD to enjoy all the benefits this state has to offer. Deer and antelope are limited natural resources belonging to the residents of South Dakota, so resident should have priority. Other points:

This bill could potentially remove deer and antelope tags from the pool of licensees now currently available, including those that go to resident landowners. The bill does not allow GF&P to reduce the number of tags if EHD, CWD, bad weather or other factors reduce the deer herd.  SDWF feels the removal of many hundreds of deer does have a biological impact, especially if the deer herd is stressed. We feel if this passes, the current system of landowner preference for residents must be changed, but there is no political will to do so. Therefore, average sportsmen and women can expect a large reduction in deer hunting tags and opportunities.    Passed House to Senate (amended)


HCR 6011 Supporting the Recovering America's Wildlife Act. SDWF supports if RAWA is passed on a National level.  With matching dollars from GFP RAWA would mean up to $16 Million dollars to the State GFP for non-game species, recovery and habitats on  State and Tribal lands here in SD. Tribal funds are separate from the GFP money. Passed House to Passed Senate Ag. placed on consent calendar.



HB 1059 revise certain provisions regarding hunting with drones. SDWF supports, brings the use of drones into alignment with federal laws. We would like to see the time period when drones cannot be used for hunting predators extended to cover all open big game seasons, but it is not in the bill. Passed House to Senate to Gov.

HB 1071 revise provisions regarding surface water quality complaints. Passed to 41st day (DEAD)

HB 1095 revise requirements regarding hunting mentors SDWF supports; it allows any qualified adult to be a mentor, resident or not. Mentored youth must still be residents. Passed House to Senate Ag, Passed Senate to Gov.

HB 1121 establish immunity from liability for the inherent risks of camping. SDWF is monitoring bill. House Judiciary, Passed to 41st day. (DEAD)

HB 1111 revise provisions regarding the qualifications to serve on the Game, Fish and Parks Commission. SDWF monitoring, if passed it would require each Commission candidate to show proof of criteria to serve as a Commissioner. House Ag Tabled by sponsor (DEAD).

HB 1181 revise certain provisions regarding bounties for coyotes. SDWF is monitoring. The bill allows counties to significantly raise the bounty on coyotes. However, at this point, no GF&P dollars are used, nor are counties using the system now in place. Passed House Passed Senate to Gov.

HB 1200 establish dates for the mowing of ditches on the state trunk highway system. SDWF is monitoring. House transportation, sent to 41st day (DEAD)

HB 1236 revise provisions regarding the management of the animal damage control program. SDWF is monitoring, Pulled by sponsor (Dead).

HB 1238 permit modification of the term of a perpetual conservation easement after the death of the grantor. SDWF strongly opposes Passed House Ag. To Full House, House failed to pass (DEAD )

HB 1254 require a habitat stamp for certain hunting, fishing, canoeing, kayaking, and jet skiing activities. Tabled by sponsor (DEAD)

HB 1256 fund shooting sports programs in public schools and to enhance outdoor recreational activities in the state SDWF supports the bill. raise our children. Passed to 41st day. (DEAD)

HB 1257 revise certain provisions regarding hunting, fishing, or trapping on private property without permission.  SDWF is monitoring. It mandates a higher than normal penalty for one specific Class Two misdemeanor, while leaving the penalty the same for hundreds of others. This bill takes away all judicial discretion based on the facts of each case. Passed House Passed Senate to Gov. t

SB 75 provide for a habitat stamp on hunting and fishing licenses. SDWF supports, and has been working on the language of this bill with the sponsor and support the bill in its current form. Hearing; Passed Senate Passed House Ag Gov.’s desk


SB 79 modify provisions regarding the building of fences across certain unimproved highways SDWF is strongly opposed. Failed to pass Committee. (Dead)

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