Legislative Daily

Need your help!

Tuesday, February 18, 2020

NEED YOUR ACTION!!!

SB 150 an act to revise nonresident waterfowl licensure. Will be scheduled for Senate Floor action on Wed. 2-19-2020.

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. , 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. The lottery draw for licenses is eliminated at the sole request of Alex Russo (Flat land Flyways) – he doesn’t like the current application process. 

If SB 150 passes, it would combine the existing 4,000 10-day licenses and the 2,000 3-day licenses into 6,000 nonresident, two 5-day waterfowl licenses.  Nonresident waterfowl hunters would be able to return for a second hunt. We estimate that 20% will return so we will see an additional 2,000 nonresident hunter trips. The GFP Commission would retain their authority to increase nonresident permits by 5% per year but now the start number is 6,000 not 4,000.  SB 150 will increase nonresident waterfowl hunting opportunity by 14,000 hunter days or an increase of 31%.

Write All Senate members, and ask them to VOTE NO on SB 150 it is time to work on recruiting, retaining and getting the resident hunters back into the field not time to expand Non-resident opportunities at the expense and demise of our resident hunters! 2019 was the lowest number of resident hunters buying hunting lic.in SD, since 1938. It’s time to invest in resident hunters!

 

How to contact your Legislator:

Go to   http://sdlegislature.gov/Legislators/ContactLegislator.aspx?Session=2020 this will pull up all members of the House and Senate simply click on the Legislator you want your message sent to and create or paste your message.

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

http://sdlegislature.gov/Legislators/Who_Are_My_Legislators/default.aspx?CurrentSession=True

Or call and leave a message with the pages; tell them who message is for, the message, who you are. The page will deliver your phone message to their desk

Senate 773-3821

House 773-3851

Please write your response in your own words. It is fine to use our suggestions, but best if you do not simply just copy our points. Make your message a personal note from you to them. Include a family fishing picture if you have one for effect. As always, be polite and respectful.

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!

 

 

 

 

 


Categories2020 Legislative Bills

Need your help

Friday, February 14, 2020

 

NEED YOU ACTION ON HB 1184, and SB 150, please email or call them before Tuesday!

HB 1184 provide limited deer and antelope licenses to landowners. 

SDWF opposes this bill.

While we sympathize with nonresident landowners, this bill gives guaranteed any deer tags and free doe tags to nonresident landowners and their families. The problem is as a resident who again supports SD businesses, sales taxes we have to apply and hope to draw a tag, this would guarantee those who qualify a deer tag yearly.

 This bill could potentially remove thousands of deer and antelope tags from the pool of licensees now currently available, including those that go to resident landowners.

 Please note landowners tags also go people who operate or lease private lands for agricultural purposes. There is already fraud and abuse in the current system, and this bill may exponentially increase the number of “landowner” tags in a manner which is nearly impossible to detect or prosecute.

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.

PLEASE ask the members of House Ag. To vote NO on Tuesday morning on HB 1184.

House Ag. Members; Brunner, Thomas (R)Chase, Roger (R)Finck, Caleb (R)Glanzer, Bob (R)Lesmeister, Oren (D)Livermont, Steve (R)Marty, Sam (R)Mulally, Tina (R)Otten, Herman (R)Overweg, Marty (R)Peterson, Kent (R)Pourier, Peri (D)Wangsness, James (R)

 

SB 150 an act to revise nonresident waterfowl licensure. Is in Senate Ag. Tuesday morning, 2-18-2020 at 10 am Rm 414.

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.

This bill was written by outfitters for outfitters, with no regard to the long term consequences of the privatization and commercialization of wildlife. The lottery draw for licenses is eliminated at the sole request of Alex Russo (Flat land Flyways) – he doesn’t like the current application process. 

If SB 150 passes, it would combine the existing 4,000 10-day licenses and the 2,000 3-day licenses into 6,000 nonresident, two 5-day waterfowl licenses.  Nonresident waterfowl hunters would be able to return for a second hunt. We estimate that 20% will return so we will see an additional 2,000 nonresident hunter trips. The GFP Commission would retain their authority to increase nonresident permits by 5% per year but now the start number is 6,000 not 4,000.  SB 150 will increase nonresident waterfowl hunting opportunity by 14,000 hunter days or an increase of 31%.

Write the Senate Ag members, (listed below) and all other Senators and ask them to VOTE NO on SB 150 it is time to work on recruiting, retaining and getting the resident hunters back into the field, 2019 was the lowest number of resident hunters buying hunting lic.in SD, since 1938. It’s time to invest in resident hunters!

Senate Ag. Committee members. Blare, Rocky (R)Cammack, Gary (R)Ewing, Bob (R)Foster, Red Dawn (D)Heinert, Troy (D)Klumb, Joshua (R)Otten, Ernie (R)Soholt, Deb (R)Youngberg, Jordan (R)

 

How to contact your Legislator:

Go to   http://sdlegislature.gov/Legislators/ContactLegislator.aspx?Session=2020 this will pull up all members of the House and Senate simply click on the Legislator you want your message sent to and create or paste your message.

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

http://sdlegislature.gov/Legislators/Who_Are_My_Legislators/default.aspx?CurrentSession=True

Or call and leave a message with the pages; tell them who message is for, the message, who you are. The page will deliver your phone message to their desk

Senate 773-3821

House 773-3851

Please write your response in your own words. It is fine to use our suggestions, but best if you do not simply just copy our points. Make your message a personal note from you to them. Include a family fishing picture if you have one for effect. As always, be polite and respectful.

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!

 

 

 


Categories2020 Legislative Bills

Action Alert your help is needed!

Thursday, February 13, 2020

NEED YOUR ACTION!!!

SB 150 an act to revise nonresident waterfowl licensure. Is in Senate Ag. Tuesday morning, 2-18-2020 at 10 am Rm 414.

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.

This bill was written by outfitters for outfitters, with no regard to the long term consequences of the privatization and commercialization of wildlife. The lottery draw for licenses is eliminated at the sole request of Alex Russo (Flat land Flyways) – he doesn’t like the current application process. 

If SB 150 passes, it would combine the existing 4,000 10-day licenses and the 2,000 3-day licenses into 6,000 nonresident, two 5-day waterfowl licenses.  Nonresident waterfowl hunters would be able to return for a second hunt. We estimate that 20% will return so we will see an additional 2,000 nonresident hunter trips. The GFP Commission would retain their authority to increase nonresident permits by 5% per year but now the start number is 6,000 not 4,000.  SB 150 will increase nonresident waterfowl hunting opportunity by 14,000 hunter days or an increase of 31%.

Write the Senate Ag members, (listed below) and all other Senators and ask them to VOTE NO on SB 150 it is time to work on recruiting, retaining and getting the resident hunters back into the field, 2019 was the lowest number of resident hunters buying hunting lic.in SD, since 1938. It’s time to invest in resident hunters!

Senate Ag. Committee members. Blare, Rocky (R)Cammack, Gary (R)Ewing, Bob (R)Foster, Red Dawn (D)Heinert, Troy (D)Klumb, Joshua (R)Otten, Ernie (R)Soholt, Deb (R)Youngberg, Jordan (R)

 

How to contact your Legislator:

Go to   http://sdlegislature.gov/Legislators/ContactLegislator.aspx?Session=2020 this will pull up all members of the House and Senate simply click on the Legislator you want your message sent to and create or paste your message.

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

http://sdlegislature.gov/Legislators/Who_Are_My_Legislators/default.aspx?CurrentSession=True

Or call and leave a message with the pages; tell them who message is for, the message, who you are. The page will deliver your phone message to their desk

Senate 773-3821

House 773-3851

Please write your response in your own words. It is fine to use our suggestions, but best if you do not simply just copy our points. Make your message a personal note from you to them. Include a family fishing picture if you have one for effect. As always, be polite and respectful.

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!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Categories2020 Legislative Bills

Day 19 of 37

Wednesday, February 12, 2020

Legislative Daily Update: Day 19 of 37

HB = House Bill     SB = Senate Bill

SB 79 Failed to pass out of Committee this morning. (DEAD)

HB 1095, 1111, 1181, 1257 are all in House Ag. Thursday morning, 745am Rm. 414.

Location of Bill and scheduled hearing of Bill

Link to actual Bill

House 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. House Ag, 2-13-2020, 745 am Rm. 414. http://sdlegislature.gov/Legislative_Session/Bills/Bill.aspx?Bill=1095&Session=2020

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, 2-13-2020, 745 am Rm. 414. http://sdlegislature.gov/Legislative_Session/Bills/Bill.aspx?Bill=1111&Session=2020

HB 1121 establish immunity from liability for the inherent risks of camping. SDWF is monitoring bill. No hearing scheduled http://sdlegislature.gov/Legislative_Session/Bills/Bill.aspx?Bill=1121&Session=2020

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. House Ag, 2-13-2020, 745 am Rm. 414. http://sdlegislature.gov/Legislative_Session/Bills/Bill.aspx?Bill=1181&Session=2020

HB 1184 provide limited deer and antelope licenses to landowners. SDWF opposes this bill. While we sympathize with nonresident landowners, this bill gives guaranteed any deer tags and free doe tags to nonresident landowners and their families. This bill could potentially remove thousands of deer and antelope tags from the pool of licensees now currently available, including those that go to resident landowners. Please note landowners tags also go people who operate or lease private lands for agricultural purposes. There is already fraud and abuse in the current system, and this bill may exponentially increase the number of “landowner” tags in a manner which is nearly impossible to detect or prosecute. 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.  No hearing scheduled http://sdlegislature.gov/Legislative_Session/Bills/Bill.aspx?Bill=1184&Session=2020

HB 1200 establish dates for the mowing of ditches on the state trunk highway system. SDWF is monitoring. No hearing scheduled http://sdlegislature.gov/Legislative_Session/Bills/Bill.aspx?Bill=1200&Session=2020

HB 1236 revise provisions regarding the management of the animal damage control program. SDWF is monitoring, No hearing scheduled http://sdlegislature.gov/Legislative_Session/Bills/Bill.aspx?Bill=1236&Session=2020

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.   No hearing scheduled. http://sdlegislature.gov/Legislative_Session/Bills/Bill.aspx?Bill=1238&Session=2020

HB 1254 require a habitat stamp for certain hunting, fishing, canoeing, kayaking, and jet skiing activities. SDWF is monitoring this bill. While it rightfully helps share the financial burden of providing habitat and access, it adds only a small subsection of the people who use our waters. For example, larger boats and pontoons not used for hunting or fishing are excluded. Only some smaller watercraft are included, many of which require no licensing at all, and regardless of how they are used. However, paddleboats are excluded. In addition, it is unclear is every person in a vessel needs a stamp, or if one stamp for the vessel is sufficient. This bill is headed in the right direction but needs more work. SDWF is working with the prime sponsor, who is willing to improve the verbiage of the bill. No hearing scheduled http://sdlegislature.gov/Legislative_Session/Bills/Bill.aspx?Bill=1254&Session=2020

HB 1256 fund shooting sports programs in public schools and to enhance outdoor recreational activities in the state SDWF is monitoring and supports the bill at this time. 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 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.

  No hearing scheduled http://sdlegislature.gov/Legislative_Session/Bills/Bill.aspx?Bill=1256&Session=2020

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. House Ag, 2-13-2020, 745 am Rm. 414. http://sdlegislature.gov/Legislative_Session/Bills/Bill.aspx?Bill=1257&Session=2020

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. http://sdlegislature.gov/Legislative_Session/Bills/Bill.aspx?File=HCR6011P.html&Session=2020&Version=Introduced&Bill=HCR6011

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 to House http://sdlegislature.gov/Legislative_Session/Bills/Bill.aspx?Bill=75&Session=2020

 

Senate Bills:

SB 124 to revise provisions regarding group pheasant hunts for disabled veterans. SDWF will monitor Senate military affairs, 2-10-20 4 pm rm 413 http://sdlegislature.gov/Legislative_Session/Bills/Bill.aspx?Bill=124&Session=2020

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.  No Hearing scheduled. http://sdlegislature.gov/Legislative_Session/Bills/Bill.aspx?File=SB150P.html&Session=2020&Version=Introduced&Bill=150

SB 162 provide limitations on the use of lighting equipment while hunting. SDWF supports this bill. Many of the exceedingly dangerous and/or unethical practices allowed in recent years have been removed, while still allowing reasonable predator control. No hearing scheduled http://sdlegislature.gov/Legislative_Session/Bills/Bill.aspx?Bill=162&Session=2020

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 http://sdlegislature.gov/Legislative_Session/Bills/Bill.aspx?Bill=1059&Session=2020

 

Finalizations:

HB 1071 revise provisions regarding surface water quality complaints. Passed to 41st day (DEAD) http://sdlegislature.gov/Legislative_Session/Bills/Bill.aspx?Bill=1071&Session=2020

SB 79 modify provisions regarding the building of fences across certain unimproved highways SDWF is strongly opposed. Failed to pass Committee. (Dead) http://sdlegislature.gov/Legislative_Session/Bills/Bill.aspx?Bill=79&Session=2020

 

 

How to contact your Legislator:

Go to   http://sdlegislature.gov/Legislators/ContactLegislator.aspx?Session=2020 this will pull up all members of the House and Senate simply click on the Legislator you want your message sent to and create or paste your message.

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

http://sdlegislature.gov/Legislators/Who_Are_My_Legislators/default.aspx?CurrentSession=True

Or call and leave a message with the pages; tell them who message is for, the message, who you are. The page will deliver your phone message to their desk

Senate 773-3821

House 773-3851

Please write your response in your own words. It is fine to use our suggestions, but best if you do not simply just copy our points. Make your message a personal note from you to them. Include a family fishing picture if you have one for effect. As always, be polite and respectful.

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!

 

 

 

 

 


Categories2020 Legislative Bills

Day 18 of 37

Tuesday, February 11, 2020

Legislative Daily Update: Day 18 of 37

HB = House Bill     SB = Senate Bill

HB 1071 was killed in Committee this morning.

SB 79 is scheduled for Wed. morning. If you have not sent an email to Senate Local Govt. Committee asking them to vote NO on SB 79, please do that this evening.

Senators 

Phil Jensen, Duhamel, Cammack, Ewing, Schoenfish, Wismer, and Youngberg are on the Senate Local Govt.

Location of Bill and scheduled hearing of Bill

Link to actual Bill

House 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. No hearing scheduled http://sdlegislature.gov/Legislative_Session/Bills/Bill.aspx?Bill=1095&Session=2020

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. No hearing scheduled http://sdlegislature.gov/Legislative_Session/Bills/Bill.aspx?Bill=1111&Session=2020

HB 1121 establish immunity from liability for the inherent risks of camping. SDWF is monitoring bill. No hearing scheduled http://sdlegislature.gov/Legislative_Session/Bills/Bill.aspx?Bill=1121&Session=2020

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. No hearing Scheduled http://sdlegislature.gov/Legislative_Session/Bills/Bill.aspx?Bill=1181&Session=2020

HB 1184 provide limited deer and antelope licenses to landowners. SDWF opposes this bill. While we sympathize with nonresident landowners, this bill gives guaranteed any deer tags and free doe tags to nonresident landowners and their families. This bill could potentially remove thousands of deer and antelope tags from the pool of licensees now currently available, including those that go to resident landowners. Please note landowners tags also go people who operate or lease private lands for agricultural purposes. There is already fraud and abuse in the current system, and this bill may exponentially increase the number of “landowner” tags in a manner which is nearly impossible to detect or prosecute. 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.  No hearing scheduled http://sdlegislature.gov/Legislative_Session/Bills/Bill.aspx?Bill=1184&Session=2020

HB 1200 establish dates for the mowing of ditches on the state trunk highway system. SDWF is monitoring. No hearing scheduled http://sdlegislature.gov/Legislative_Session/Bills/Bill.aspx?Bill=1200&Session=2020

HB 1236 revise provisions regarding the management of the animal damage control program. SDWF is monitoring, No hearing scheduled http://sdlegislature.gov/Legislative_Session/Bills/Bill.aspx?Bill=1236&Session=2020

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.   No hearing scheduled. http://sdlegislature.gov/Legislative_Session/Bills/Bill.aspx?Bill=1238&Session=2020

HB 1254 require a habitat stamp for certain hunting, fishing, canoeing, kayaking, and jet skiing activities. SDWF is monitoring this bill. While it rightfully helps share the financial burden of providing habitat and access, it adds only a small subsection of the people who use our waters. For example, larger boats and pontoons not used for hunting or fishing are excluded. Only some smaller watercraft are included, many of which require no licensing at all, and regardless of how they are used. However, paddleboats are excluded. In addition, it is unclear is every person in a vessel needs a stamp, or if one stamp for the vessel is sufficient. This bill is headed in the right direction but needs more work. SDWF is working with the prime sponsor, who is willing to improve the verbiage of the bill. No hearing scheduled http://sdlegislature.gov/Legislative_Session/Bills/Bill.aspx?Bill=1254&Session=2020

HB 1256 fund shooting sports programs in public schools and to enhance outdoor recreational activities in the state SDWF is monitoring and supports the bill at this time. 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 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.

  No hearing scheduled http://sdlegislature.gov/Legislative_Session/Bills/Bill.aspx?Bill=1256&Session=2020

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. No hearing scheduled http://sdlegislature.gov/Legislative_Session/Bills/Bill.aspx?Bill=1257&Session=2020

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 to House http://sdlegislature.gov/Legislative_Session/Bills/Bill.aspx?Bill=75&Session=2020

 

Senate Bills:

SB 79 modify provisions regarding the building of fences across certain unimproved highways SDWF is strongly opposed. The proposed change in current law appears to be an attempt by an organization of landowners and outfitters to prevent the hunting of small game and waterfowl on roads which by definition are currently considered to be improved. The change will not necessarily stop public travel, but will serve to close off hundreds of miles of section line roads to the hunting of small game and waterfowl. The change would also encourage the destruction of grassland habitat and prevent what is currently lawful hunting and trapping of nest predators and coyotes. Finally, simply having a gate (many with a “no trespassing sign) serves to intimidate the average person from traveling the road, even if it is lawful to do so, and assuming they are able to open the gate. Hearing 2-12-20, 745am Senate Local Gov., RM 412 Action alert sent earlierhttp://sdlegislature.gov/Legislative_Session/Bills/Bill.aspx?Bill=79&Session=2020

SB 124 to revise provisions regarding group pheasant hunts for disabled veterans. SDWF will monitor Senate military affairs, 2-10-20 4 pm rm 413 http://sdlegislature.gov/Legislative_Session/Bills/Bill.aspx?Bill=124&Session=2020

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.  No Hearing scheduled. http://sdlegislature.gov/Legislative_Session/Bills/Bill.aspx?File=SB150P.html&Session=2020&Version=Introduced&Bill=150

SB 162 provide limitations on the use of lighting equipment while hunting. SDWF supports this bill. Many of the exceedingly dangerous and/or unethical practices allowed in recent years have been removed, while still allowing reasonable predator control. No hearing scheduled http://sdlegislature.gov/Legislative_Session/Bills/Bill.aspx?Bill=162&Session=2020

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 http://sdlegislature.gov/Legislative_Session/Bills/Bill.aspx?Bill=1059&Session=2020

 

Finalizations:

HB 1071 revise provisions regarding surface water quality complaints. Passed to 41st day (DEAD) http://sdlegislature.gov/Legislative_Session/Bills/Bill.aspx?Bill=1071&Session=2020

 

How to contact your Legislator:

Go to   http://sdlegislature.gov/Legislators/ContactLegislator.aspx?Session=2020 this will pull up all members of the House and Senate simply click on the Legislator you want your message sent to and create or paste your message.

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

http://sdlegislature.gov/Legislators/Who_Are_My_Legislators/default.aspx?CurrentSession=True

Or call and leave a message with the pages; tell them who message is for, the message, who you are. The page will deliver your phone message to their desk

Senate 773-3821

House 773-3851

Please write your response in your own words. It is fine to use our suggestions, but best if you do not simply just copy our points. Make your message a personal note from you to them. Include a family fishing picture if you have one for effect. As always, be polite and respectful.

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!

 

 

 

 

 


Categories2020 Legislative Bills

Day 16 of 37

Friday, February 7, 2020

Legislative Daily Update: Day 16 of 37

SDWF Camo day is Monday in the Leg. We will be on 3rd Floor lobbying both House and Senate from 8am until Noon. Everyone is welcome.

There were no other bills introduced today that we are following, all bills for this year should be listed.

SDWF did work on HCR 6011Supporting the Recovering America's Wildlife Act. And was introduced today.

 

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 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 Ag on Consent Calendar http://sdlegislature.gov/Legislative_Session/Bills/Bill.aspx?Bill=1059&Session=2020

HB 1071 revise provisions regarding surface water quality complaints. SDWF supports. This bill makes it easier to prosecute flagrant violations of water quality laws. No Hearing scheduled http://sdlegislature.gov/Legislative_Session/Bills/Bill.aspx?Bill=1071&Session=2020

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. No hearing scheduled http://sdlegislature.gov/Legislative_Session/Bills/Bill.aspx?Bill=1095&Session=2020

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. No hearing scheduled http://sdlegislature.gov/Legislative_Session/Bills/Bill.aspx?Bill=1111&Session=2020

HB 1121 establish immunity from liability for the inherent risks of camping. SDWF is monitoring bill. No hearing scheduled http://sdlegislature.gov/Legislative_Session/Bills/Bill.aspx?Bill=1121&Session=2020

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. No hearing Scheduled http://sdlegislature.gov/Legislative_Session/Bills/Bill.aspx?Bill=1181&Session=2020

HB 1184 provide limited deer and antelope licenses to landowners. SDWF opposes this bill. While we sympathize with nonresident landowners, this bill gives guaranteed any deer tags and free doe tags to nonresident landowners and their families. This bill could potentially remove thousands of deer and antelope tags from the pool of licensees now currently available, including those that go to resident landowners. Please note landowners tags also go people who operate or lease private lands for agricultural purposes. There is already fraud and abuse in the current system, and this bill may exponentially increase the number of “landowner” tags in a manner which is nearly impossible to detect or prosecute. 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.  No hearing scheduled http://sdlegislature.gov/Legislative_Session/Bills/Bill.aspx?Bill=1184&Session=2020

HB 1200 establish dates for the mowing of ditches on the state trunk highway system. SDWF is monitoring. No hearing scheduled http://sdlegislature.gov/Legislative_Session/Bills/Bill.aspx?Bill=1200&Session=2020

HB 1236 revise provisions regarding the management of the animal damage control program. SDWF is monitoring, No hearing scheduled http://sdlegislature.gov/Legislative_Session/Bills/Bill.aspx?Bill=1236&Session=2020

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.   No hearing scheduled. http://sdlegislature.gov/Legislative_Session/Bills/Bill.aspx?Bill=1238&Session=2020

HB 1254 require a habitat stamp for certain hunting, fishing, canoeing, kayaking, and jet skiing activities. SDWF is monitoring this bill. While it rightfully helps share the financial burden of providing habitat and access, it adds only a small subsection of the people who use our waters. For example, larger boats and pontoons not used for hunting or fishing are excluded. Only some smaller watercraft are included, many of which require no licensing at all, and regardless of how they are used. However, paddleboats are excluded. In addition, it is unclear is every person in a vessel needs a stamp, or if one stamp for the vessel is sufficient. This bill is headed in the right direction but needs more work. SDWF is working with the prime sponsor, who is willing to improve the verbiage of the bill. No hearing scheduled http://sdlegislature.gov/Legislative_Session/Bills/Bill.aspx?Bill=1254&Session=2020

HB 1256 fund shooting sports programs in public schools and to enhance outdoor recreational activities in the state SDWF is monitoring and supports the bill at this time. 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 a shooting sports program in every public school district.  No hearing scheduled http://sdlegislature.gov/Legislative_Session/Bills/Bill.aspx?Bill=1256&Session=2020

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. No hearing scheduled http://sdlegislature.gov/Legislative_Session/Bills/Bill.aspx?Bill=1257&Session=2020

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. http://sdlegislature.gov/Legislative_Session/Bills/Bill.aspx?File=HCR6011P.html&Session=2020&Version=Introduced&Bill=HCR6011

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. Passed Senate to House. http://sdlegislature.gov/Legislative_Session/Bills/Bill.aspx?Bill=75&Session=2020

 

Senate Bills:

SB 79 modify provisions regarding the building of fences across certain unimproved highways SDWF is strongly opposed. The proposed change in current law appears to be an attempt by an organization of landowners and outfitters to prevent the hunting of small game and waterfowl on roads which by definition are currently considered to be improved. The change will not necessarily stop public travel, but will serve to close off hundreds of miles of section line roads to the hunting of small game and waterfowl. The change would also encourage the destruction of grassland habitat and prevent what is currently lawful hunting and trapping of nest predators and coyotes. Finally, simply having a gate (many with a “no trespassing sign) serves to intimidate the average person from traveling the road, even if it is lawful to do so, and assuming they are able to open the gate. Hearing 2-12-20, 745am Senate Local Gov., RM 412 Action alert sent earlierhttp://sdlegislature.gov/Legislative_Session/Bills/Bill.aspx?Bill=79&Session=2020

SB 124 to revise provisions regarding group pheasant hunts for disabled veterans. SDWF will monitor Senate military affairs, 2-10-20 4 pm rm 413 http://sdlegislature.gov/Legislative_Session/Bills/Bill.aspx?Bill=124&Session=2020

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.  No Hearing scheduled. http://sdlegislature.gov/Legislative_Session/Bills/Bill.aspx?File=SB150P.html&Session=2020&Version=Introduced&Bill=150

SB 162 provide limitations on the use of lighting equipment while hunting. SDWF supports this bill. Many of the exceedingly dangerous and/or unethical practices allowed in recent years have been removed, while still allowing reasonable predator control. No hearing scheduled http://sdlegislature.gov/Legislative_Session/Bills/Bill.aspx?Bill=162&Session=2020

Finalizations:

How to contact your Legislator:

Go to   http://sdlegislature.gov/Legislators/ContactLegislator.aspx?Session=2020 this will pull up all members of the House and Senate simply click on the Legislator you want your message sent to and create or paste your message.

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

http://sdlegislature.gov/Legislators/Who_Are_My_Legislators/default.aspx?CurrentSession=True

Or call and leave a message with the pages; tell them who message is for, the message, who you are. The page will deliver your phone message to their desk

Senate 773-3821

House 773-3851

Please write your response in your own words. It is fine to use our suggestions, but best if you do not simply just copy our points. Make your message a personal note from you to them. Include a family fishing picture if you have one for effect. As always, be polite and respectful.

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!

 

 


Categories2020 Legislative Bills

Day 15 of 37

Thursday, February 6, 2020

Legislative Daily Update: Day 15 of 37

HB 1254, 1256, 1257, and SB 162 were introduced today.

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 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. House Ag 2/06 7:45 AM., Rm 414, http://sdlegislature.gov/Legislative_Session/Bills/Bill.aspx?Bill=1059&Session=2020

HB 1071 revise provisions regarding surface water quality complaints. SDWF supports. This bill makes it easier to prosecute flagrant violations of water quality laws. No Hearing scheduled http://sdlegislature.gov/Legislative_Session/Bills/Bill.aspx?Bill=1071&Session=2020

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. No hearing scheduled http://sdlegislature.gov/Legislative_Session/Bills/Bill.aspx?Bill=1095&Session=2020

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. No hearing scheduled http://sdlegislature.gov/Legislative_Session/Bills/Bill.aspx?Bill=1111&Session=2020

HB 1121 establish immunity from liability for the inherent risks of camping. SDWF is monitoring bill. No hearing scheduled http://sdlegislature.gov/Legislative_Session/Bills/Bill.aspx?Bill=1121&Session=2020

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.  No hearing Scheduled http://sdlegislature.gov/Legislative_Session/Bills/Bill.aspx?Bill=1181&Session=2020

HB 1184 provide limited deer and antelope licenses to landowners. SDWF opposes this bill. While we sympathize with nonresident landowners, this bill gives guaranteed any deer tags and free doe tags to nonresident landowners and their families. This bill could potentially remove thousands of deer and antelope tags from the pool of licensees now currently available, including those that go to resident landowners. 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 reduction in deer hunting tags and opportunities.  No hearing scheduled http://sdlegislature.gov/Legislative_Session/Bills/Bill.aspx?Bill=1184&Session=2020

HB 1200 establish dates for the mowing of ditches on the state trunk highway system. SDWF is monitoring. No hearing scheduled http://sdlegislature.gov/Legislative_Session/Bills/Bill.aspx?Bill=1200&Session=2020

HB 1236 revise provisions regarding the management of the animal damage control program. SDWF is monitoring, No hearing scheduled http://sdlegislature.gov/Legislative_Session/Bills/Bill.aspx?Bill=1236&Session=2020

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.   No hearing scheduled. http://sdlegislature.gov/Legislative_Session/Bills/Bill.aspx?Bill=1238&Session=2020

HB 1254 require a habitat stamp for certain hunting, fishing, canoeing, kayaking, and jet skiing activities. SDWF is monitoring While it rightfully helps share the financial burden of providing habitat and access, it adds only a small subsection of the people who use our waters. For example, larger boats and pontoons not used for hunting or fishing are excluded. Only smaller watercraft, some of which require no licensing at all, are included regardless of how they are used. This bill needs more work.  No hearing scheduled http://sdlegislature.gov/Legislative_Session/Bills/Bill.aspx?Bill=1254&Session=2020

HB 1256 fund shooting sports programs in public schools and to enhance outdoor recreational activities in the state SDWF is monitoring and supports the bill at this time. 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 a shooting sports program in every public school district.  No hearing scheduled http://sdlegislature.gov/Legislative_Session/Bills/Bill.aspx?Bill=1256&Session=2020

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. No hearing scheduled http://sdlegislature.gov/Legislative_Session/Bills/Bill.aspx?Bill=1257&Session=2020

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 to House http://sdlegislature.gov/Legislative_Session/Bills/Bill.aspx?Bill=75&Session=2020

 

Senate Bills:

SB 79 modify provisions regarding the building of fences across certain unimproved highways SDWF is strongly opposed. The proposed change in current law appears to be an attempt by an organization of landowners and outfitters to prevent the hunting of small game and waterfowl on roads which by definition are currently considered to be improved. The change will not necessarily stop public travel, but will serve to close off hundreds of miles of section line roads to the hunting of small game and waterfowl. The change would also encourage the destruction of grassland habitat and prevent what is currently lawful hunting and trapping of nest predators and coyotes. Finally, simply having a gate (many with a “no trespassing sign) serves to intimidate the average person from traveling the road, even if it is lawful to do so, and assuming they are able to open the gate. Hearing 2-12-20, 745am Senate Local Gov., RM 412 Action alert sent earlier http://sdlegislature.gov/Legislative_Session/Bills/Bill.aspx?Bill=79&Session=2020

SB 124 to revise provisions regarding group pheasant hunts for disabled veterans. SDWF will monitor Senate military affairs, 2-10-20 4 pm Rm 413 http://sdlegislature.gov/Legislative_Session/Bills/Bill.aspx?Bill=124&Session=2020

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.  No Hearing scheduled. http://sdlegislature.gov/Legislative_Session/Bills/Bill.aspx?File=SB150P.html&Session=2020&Version=Introduced&Bill=150

SB 162 provide limitations on the use of lighting equipment while hunting. SDWF supports this bill. Many of the exceedingly dangerous and/or unethical practices allowed in recent years have been removed, while still allowing reasonable predator control. No hearing scheduled http://sdlegislature.gov/Legislative_Session/Bills/Bill.aspx?Bill=162&Session=2020

Finalizations:

How to contact your Legislator:

Go to   http://sdlegislature.gov/Legislators/ContactLegislator.aspx?Session=2020 this will pull up all members of the House and Senate simply click on the Legislator you want your message sent to and create or paste your message.

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

http://sdlegislature.gov/Legislators/Who_Are_My_Legislators/default.aspx?CurrentSession=True

Or call and leave a message with the pages; tell them who message is for, the message, who you are. The page will deliver your phone message to their desk

Senate 773-3821

House 773-3851

Please write your response in your own words. It is fine to use our suggestions, but best if you do not simply just copy our points. Make your message a personal note from you to them. Include a family fishing picture if you have one for effect. As always, be polite and respectful.

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!

 

 

 

 


Categories2020 Legislative Bills

Day 14 of 37

Wednesday, February 5, 2020

Legislative Daily Update: Day 14 of 37

Brought to you by SDWF Camo-Coalition

SB 79 was postponed until next Wed 2-12-20 for its hearing by the sponsor.

SB 124 scheduled for hearing 2-10-20.

HB 1059 is scheduled for hearing, Thursday morning.

HB 1236, 1238 were introduced today.

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 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. House Ag 2/06 7:45 AM., Rm 414, http://sdlegislature.gov/Legislative_Session/Bills/Bill.aspx?Bill=1059&Session=2020

HB 1071 revise provisions regarding surface water quality complaints. SDWF supports. This bill makes it easier to prosecute flagrant violations of water quality laws. No Hearing scheduled http://sdlegislature.gov/Legislative_Session/Bills/Bill.aspx?Bill=1071&Session=2020

HB 1095 revise requirements regarding hunting mentors SDWF supports, it appears to allow any adult to be a mentor resident or not No hearing scheduled http://sdlegislature.gov/Legislative_Session/Bills/Bill.aspx?Bill=1095&Session=2020

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. No hearing scheduled http://sdlegislature.gov/Legislative_Session/Bills/Bill.aspx?Bill=1111&Session=2020

HB 1121 establish immunity from liability for the inherent risks of camping. SDWF is monitoring bill. No hearing scheduled http://sdlegislature.gov/Legislative_Session/Bills/Bill.aspx?Bill=1121&Session=2020

HB 1181 revise certain provisions regarding bounties for coyotes. SDWF monitoring No hearing Scheduled http://sdlegislature.gov/Legislative_Session/Bills/Bill.aspx?Bill=1181&Session=2020

HB 1184 provide limited deer and antelope licenses to landowners. SDWF opposes this bill. While we sympathize with nonresident landowners, this bill gives guaranteed any deer tags and free doe tags to nonresident landowners and their families. This bill could potentially remove thousands of deer and antelope tags from the pool of licensees now currently available, including those that go to resident landowners No hearing scheduled http://sdlegislature.gov/Legislative_Session/Bills/Bill.aspx?Bill=1184&Session=2020

HB 1200 establish dates for the mowing of ditches on the state trunk highway system. SDWF is monitoring. No hearing scheduled http://sdlegislature.gov/Legislative_Session/Bills/Bill.aspx?Bill=1200&Session=2020

HB 1236 revise provisions regarding the management of the animal damage control program. SDWF is monitoring, No hearing scheduled http://sdlegislature.gov/Legislative_Session/Bills/Bill.aspx?Bill=1236&Session=2020

HB 1238 permit modification of the term of a perpetual conservation easement after the death of the grantor. SDWF monitoring, No hearing scheduled. http://sdlegislature.gov/Legislative_Session/Bills/Bill.aspx?Bill=1238&Session=2020

 

Senate Bills:

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 Agriculture and Natural Resources, to full Senate http://sdlegislature.gov/Legislative_Session/Bills/Bill.aspx?Bill=75&Session=2020

SB 79 modify provisions regarding the building of fences across certain unimproved highways SDWF is strongly opposed. The proposed change in current law appears to be an attempt by an organization of landowners and outfitters to prevent the hunting of small game and waterfowl on roads which by definition are currently considered to be improved. The change will not necessarily stop public travel, but will serve to close off hundreds of miles of section line roads to the hunting of small game and waterfowl. The change would also encourage the destruction of grassland habitat and prevent what is currently lawful hunting and trapping of nest predators and coyotes. Hearing 2-12-20,  745am Senate Local Gov., RM 412 Action alert sent earlierhttp://sdlegislature.gov/Legislative_Session/Bills/Bill.aspx?Bill=79&Session=2020

SB 124 to revise provisions regarding group pheasant hunts for disabled veterans. SDWF will monitor Senate military affairs, 2-10-20 4 pm rm 413 http://sdlegislature.gov/Legislative_Session/Bills/Bill.aspx?Bill=124&Session=2020

SB 150 an act to revise nonresident waterfowl licensure. SDWF opposes, No Hearing scheduled. http://sdlegislature.gov/Legislative_Session/Bills/Bill.aspx?File=SB150P.html&Session=2020&Version=Introduced&Bill=150

Finalizations:

How to contact your Legislator:

Go to   http://sdlegislature.gov/Legislators/ContactLegislator.aspx?Session=2020 this will pull up all members of the House and Senate simply click on the Legislator you want your message sent to and create or paste your message.

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

http://sdlegislature.gov/Legislators/Who_Are_My_Legislators/default.aspx?CurrentSession=True

Or call and leave a message with the pages; tell them who message is for, the message, who you are. The page will deliver your phone message to their desk

Senate 773-3821

House 773-3851

Please write your response in your own words. It is fine to use our suggestions, but best if you do not simply just copy our points. Make your message a personal note from you to them. Include a family fishing picture if you have one for effect. As always, be polite and respectful.

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!

 

 

 


Categories2020 Legislative Bills

Day 13 of 37

Tuesday, February 4, 2020

Legislative Daily Update: Day 13 of 37

Brought to you by SDWF Camo-Coalition

PLEASE DO NOT FORGET TO SEND EMAIL TO Senate Local Govt. and ask them to vote NO on SB 79, as per action alert sent on Monday.

SB 75 passed Senate Ag on a vote of 8 to 0 in favor, it will move to the floor now where it will need a 2/3 vote to pass the floor due to the fees.

SB 150 was introduced with GFP and the Gov.’s office support to turn all NR waterfowl Lic. To 2 5 day Lic. Instead of one 10 day. If passed could double the amount of NR pressure if they come back again, today the avg. is 5 days hunted on a 10 day Lic.

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 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. No Hearing scheduled, http://sdlegislature.gov/Legislative_Session/Bills/Bill.aspx?Bill=1059&Session=2020

HB 1071 revise provisions regarding surface water quality complaints. SDWF supports. This bill makes it easier to prosecute flagrant violations of water quality laws. No Hearing scheduled http://sdlegislature.gov/Legislative_Session/Bills/Bill.aspx?Bill=1071&Session=2020

HB 1095 revise requirements regarding hunting mentors SDWF supports, it appears to allow any adult to be a mentor resident or not No hearing scheduled http://sdlegislature.gov/Legislative_Session/Bills/Bill.aspx?Bill=1095&Session=2020

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. No hearing scheduled http://sdlegislature.gov/Legislative_Session/Bills/Bill.aspx?Bill=1111&Session=2020

HB 1121 establish immunity from liability for the inherent risks of camping. SDWF is monitoring bill. No hearing scheduled http://sdlegislature.gov/Legislative_Session/Bills/Bill.aspx?Bill=1121&Session=2020

HB 1181 revise certain provisions regarding bounties for coyotes. SDWF monitoring No hearing Scheduled http://sdlegislature.gov/Legislative_Session/Bills/Bill.aspx?Bill=1181&Session=2020

HB 1184 provide limited deer and antelope licenses to landownersSDWF opposes this bill. While we sympathize with nonresident landowners, this bill gives guaranteed any deer tags and free doe tags to nonresident landowners and their families. This bill could potentially remove thousands of deer and antelope tags from the pool of licensees now currently available, including those that go to resident landowners No hearing scheduled http://sdlegislature.gov/Legislative_Session/Bills/Bill.aspx?Bill=1184&Session=2020

HB 1200 establish dates for the mowing of ditches on the state trunk highway system. SDWF is monitoring. No hearing scheduled http://sdlegislature.gov/Legislative_Session/Bills/Bill.aspx?Bill=1200&Session=2020

Senate Bills:

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 Agriculture and Natural Resources, to full Senate http://sdlegislature.gov/Legislative_Session/Bills/Bill.aspx?Bill=75&Session=2020

SB 79 modify provisions regarding the building of fences across certain unimproved highways SDWF is strongly opposed. The proposed change in current law appears to be an attempt by an organization of landowners and outfitters to prevent the hunting of small game and waterfowl on roads which by definition are currently considered to be improved. The change will not necessarily stop public travel, but will serve to close off hundreds of miles of section line roads to the hunting of small game and waterfowl. The change would also encourage the destruction of grassland habitat and prevent what is currently lawful hunting and trapping of nest predators and coyotes. Hearing 745amm Senate Local Gov., RM 412 Action alert sent earlierhttp://sdlegislature.gov/Legislative_Session/Bills/Bill.aspx?Bill=79&Session=2020

SB 124 to revise provisions regarding group pheasant hunts for disabled veterans. SDWF will monitor No hearing scheduled http://sdlegislature.gov/Legislative_Session/Bills/Bill.aspx?Bill=124&Session=2020

SB 150 an Act to revise nonresident waterfowl licensure. SDWF opposes, No Hearing scheduled. http://sdlegislature.gov/Legislative_Session/Bills/Bill.aspx?File=SB150P.html&Session=2020&Version=Introduced&Bill=150

Finalizations:

How to contact your Legislator:

Go to   http://sdlegislature.gov/Legislators/ContactLegislator.aspx?Session=2020 this will pull up all members of the House and Senate simply click on the Legislator you want your message sent to and create or paste your message.

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

http://sdlegislature.gov/Legislators/Who_Are_My_Legislators/default.aspx?CurrentSession=True

Or call and leave a message with the pages; tell them who message is for, the message, who you are. The page will deliver your phone message to their desk

Senate 773-3821

House 773-3851

Please write your response in your own words. It is fine to use our suggestions, but best if you do not simply just copy our points. Make your message a personal note from you to them. Include a family fishing picture if you have one for effect. As always, be polite and respectful.

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!

 

 

 


Categories2020 Legislative Bills

Day 12 of 37 updated positions on bills.

Monday, February 3, 2020

Legislative Daily Update: Day 12 of 37

Brought to you by SDWF Camo-Coalition

There will be no session on Friday and Monday, next Leg day will be Tues. Feb. 4

On Tues. SB 75 will have its first hearing 10 am Senate Ag.

Today we seen HB 1121, 1181, 1184, 1200, and SB 79 and SB 124 introduced.

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 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. No Hearing scheduled, http://sdlegislature.gov/Legislative_Session/Bills/Bill.aspx?Bill=1059&Session=2020

HB 1071 revise provisions regarding surface water quality complaints. SDWF supports. This bill makes it easier to prosecute flagrant violations of water quality laws. No Hearing scheduled http://sdlegislature.gov/Legislative_Session/Bills/Bill.aspx?Bill=1071&Session=2020

HB 1095 revise requirements regarding hunting mentors SDWF supports, it appears to allow any adult to be a mentor resident or not No hearing scheduled http://sdlegislature.gov/Legislative_Session/Bills/Bill.aspx?Bill=1095&Session=2020

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. No hearing scheduled http://sdlegislature.gov/Legislative_Session/Bills/Bill.aspx?Bill=1111&Session=2020

HB 1121 establish immunity from liability for the inherent risks of camping. SDWF is monitoring bill. No hearing scheduled http://sdlegislature.gov/Legislative_Session/Bills/Bill.aspx?Bill=1121&Session=2020

HB 1181 revise certain provisions regarding bounties for coyotes. SDWF monitoring No hearing Scheduled http://sdlegislature.gov/Legislative_Session/Bills/Bill.aspx?Bill=1181&Session=2020

HB 1184 provide limited deer and antelope licenses to landownersSDWF opposes this bill. While we sympathize with nonresident landowners, this bill gives guaranteed any deer tags and free doe tags to nonresident landowners and their families. This bill could potentially remove thousands of deer and antelope tags from the pool of licensees now currently available, including those that go to resident landowners No hearing scheduled http://sdlegislature.gov/Legislative_Session/Bills/Bill.aspx?Bill=1184&Session=2020

HB 1200 establish dates for the mowing of ditches on the state trunk highway system. SDWF is monitoring. No hearing scheduled http://sdlegislature.gov/Legislative_Session/Bills/Bill.aspx?Bill=1200&Session=2020

Senate Bills:

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; Senate Agriculture and Natural Resources, Room 412,Tuesday, February 4, 2020
10:00 AM http://sdlegislature.gov/Legislative_Session/Bills/Bill.aspx?Bill=75&Session=2020

SB 79 modify provisions regarding the building of fences across certain unimproved highways SDWF is strongly opposed. The proposed change in current law appears to be an attempt by an organization of landowners and outfitters to prevent the hunting of small game and waterfowl on roads which by definition are currently considered to be improved. The change will not necessarily stop public travel, but will serve to close off hundreds of miles of section line roads to the hunting of small game and waterfowl. The change would also encourage the destruction of grassland habitat and prevent what is currently lawful hunting and trapping of nest predators and coyotes. Hearing 745amm Senate Local Gov., RM 412 Action alert sent earlierhttp://sdlegislature.gov/Legislative_Session/Bills/Bill.aspx?Bill=79&Session=2020

SB 124 to revise provisions regarding group pheasant hunts for disabled veterans. SDWF will monitor No hearing scheduled http://sdlegislature.gov/Legislative_Session/Bills/Bill.aspx?Bill=124&Session=2020

Finalizations:

How to contact your Legislator:

Go to   http://sdlegislature.gov/Legislators/ContactLegislator.aspx?Session=2020 this will pull up all members of the House and Senate simply click on the Legislator you want your message sent to and create or paste your message.

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

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Senate 773-3821

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