South Dakota Legislative Update
May 6, 2013
March 8, was the last day of the 2013 legislative session, with March 25, set as Veto Day when legislators go back to Pierre to decide if we want to override any of the governor's vetoes.
These bills passed the House this week:
SB 151 clarifies the maintenance responsibilities on unimproved section lines.
SB 156 authorizes township boards to increase the front foot assessment for road maintenance, repairs, and improvements and to revise certain provisions concerning road districts established by townships.
SB 205 is my bill to put wolves on the predator list. It won't apply to the western Dakotas until the feds remove them from the endangered species list, which they've promised to do so this month. Let's hope they do it.
SB 1 revises the provisions regarding plugging and performance bonds for oil and gas wells and to repeal the supplemental restoration bond requirement. This is another of the bills that came out of our Oil and Gas Development Committee summer study.
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SB 83 designates Welcome Home Vietnam Veterans Day as a working holiday. Rep. Elizabeth May had her seatmate, Rep. Brock Greenfield, read a touching tribute to her brother Sam Marty, who is a decorated Vietnam veteran. Liz was raised on the Marty ranch south of the Slim Buttes where Sam still lives and our fathers grew up together. It's a good thing she didn't ask me to read the tribute to Sam because I could not have made it through without tearing up. Even Brock struggled with it and he doesn't even know Sam!
SB 89 limits the liability of retail dealers in petroleum products under certain conditions. This will allow west river gas stations to legally sell 85 Octane like they've been doing for the last 60 years.
SB 227 will allow you to legally carry a concealed weapon on your snowmobile. And no, I didn't know that was against the law either!
SB 6 determines whether factors affecting productivity should be applied if the actual use of agricultural land does not correspond to the soil classification standards.
SB 115 increases the commercial fertilizer inspection fee for purposes of fertilizer-related research and creates the Nutrient Research Education Council to promote such research.
I also brought House Commemoration 1025 on Friday recognizing Saturday, July 27, 2013, as the National Day of the American Cowboy.
Four of my bills passed out of the Senate Ag Committee this week:
HB 1083 revises the crime of rustling to include sheep and goats.
HB 1123 increases the surcharge on hunting licenses by a dollar to be used for predator control.
HB 1167 restructures the policy advisory committee for animal damage control.
HB 1168 allows local predator control districts to increase the assessments on producers for predator control if the increases are approved by a majority of the producers in the district.
Editor's note: You can keep track of the legislature here: http://legis.state.sd.us/ Use this link to find legislators, see what committees they are on, read all the bills and track the status of each bill, listen to committee hearings, and contact the legislators.