Day 35 of 38

Wednesday, March 7, 2018

Legislative Daily Update: Day 35 of 38

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The last of our Bills that we were watching has now passed to the Gov.

The water issue was not a real productive topic for sportsmen/women here in SD this year. It is an election year and SDWF will be publishing the names of friendly Legislators and we will be publishing the voting records of those who did not support resident sportsmen/women.

Again thank you all for the help and concern for our outdoor issues here in SD.

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:  

Senate Bills:


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 Passed Senate to Gov.

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 Passed Senate to Gov.

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

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 SDWF supports. Passed House passed Senate to Gov.

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

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.  Passed House to Senate Ag. To Senate Consent passed now to Gov.

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.  House Passed passed  Senate to the Gov.


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

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

SDWF supports this Legislation. House passed, Senate Ag, Senate failed to pass (Dead)

HB 1219 revise certain provisions regarding the use of night vision equipment in hunting Passed House, Passed Senate to Gov.


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? House State Affairs Tabled (DEAD)

  HB 1257 provide for the abandonment of certain highways by townships and counties SDWF is supporting and passed House Local Govt .Passed House Passed Senate to the Gov. for his signature


HB 1295 revise certain provisions regarding the eligibility to serve on the Game, Fish and Parks Commission SDWF is opposed we would like to see it stay here it is 3 west river 5 east river based on SD population numbers Senate Ag passed to 41st day (Dead)

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 Passed to 41st day (Dead)

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

SB 137 revise certain provisions regarding the minimum hunting age SDWF monitoring Senate Amended and passed  House to Gov.


SB 170 direct the implementation of the requirements of certain provisions regarding non meandered watersSponsor asked bill t be tabled. (Dead)

SB 199 revise certain provisions regarding nonmeandered waters. SDWF supports the sportsmen/women’s compromise Passed Senate Ag failed Senate vote to calendar

SB 211 create a Legislative Water Management Committee. SDWF opposes Senate Ag Died on Floor


How to contact your Legislator:

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If you do not know who your Legislator is go to this link:

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Senate 773-3821

House 773-3851

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Please include your name, number and address on all messages sent to your Legislators.



Thank you for all that you do! Together we can and do make a difference!


Categories: 2018 Legislative Bills


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