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Legislative Daily Update: Day 26 of 37

This week on Thursday is crossover day. It means the bills introduced must be passed out of house of origin.

SB 75 passed House Ag. this morning and was amended to NOT include all of the wealthy who flies here to pheasant hunt. Preserve hunters are exempted from the habitat stamp if passes as amended.

HB 1238 was amended and passed out to House floor.

HB 1254 was tabled by the sponsor this morning. (DEAD)

HB = House Bill     SB = Senate Bill

Location of Bill and scheduled hearing of Bill

Link to actual Bill

House Bills:

HB 1238 permit modification of the term of a perpetual conservation easement after the death of the grantor. SDWF strongly opposes this anti-conservation bill. It will effectively eliminate perpetual conservation easements and the tax benefits to landowners who sell the easements out of a need for income and/or a desire to preserve some land for future generations. This is an anti-property rights bill as well as an anti-conservationist bill Passed House Ag. to Full House

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 to Full House 414

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 double the hunting pressure in South Dakota, making it a lose-lose proposition for the vast majority of waterfowl hunters, resident and nonresident alike, who are not using guide services or pay-to-play operations. In addition, the bill removes the GF&P commission’s requirement to determine that adequate waterfowl hunting public access has been provided through the department’s land acquisition and development fund or through other means. Finally, the bill removes a funding mechanism (dollars taken from the sale of nonresident licenses) to partially fund the access program. This bill was written by outfitters for outfitters, with no regard to the long term consequences of the privatization and commercialization of wildlife.  Passed Senate to 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

Senate Bills:

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.

HB 1181 revise certain provisions regarding bounties for coyotes. SDWF is monitoringThe 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 to Senate.

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)

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 to Senate

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 Senate


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 1121 establish immunity from liability for the inherent risks of campingSDWF 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 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 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. The net effect is to spread the cost of habitat and access to lands and waters to all who benefit, including businesses. The bill also establishes and funds a shooting sports program in every public school district. Note this creates a new a new funding source that takes nothing from schools, teachers, nursing homes, or other critically important needs. This is not a tax on everyone, just those who use certain services during a third of the year. The money will help support a two billion dollar industry that keeps this state a great place to live and raise our children. Passed to 41st day. (DEAD)

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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