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South Dakota Legislative Update

Rep. Betty Olson
for Tri-State Livestock News
Representative Betty Olson, a republican who ranches with her family in Harding County, is pictured here visiting with a lobbyist in the capitol. Photo courtesy Betty Olson

Cross Over day, the last day for a bill or joint resolution to pass the house of origin, is Wednesday, Feb. 20, and there are only three weeks left in the 2013 legislative session.

These bills passed out of the House Agriculture and Natural Resources Committee this week:

*HB 1089 to require statewide livestock ownership inspection.

*HB 1149 to revise and clarify requirements relating to limits of small game and fish taken by small game hunting parties and fishing parties. This bill would allow a group hunting together to harvest the total number of fish or game allowed instead of each one having to quit when they reach their individual limit.

*HB 1187 to provide alternative brand inspection procedures for rodeo livestock. If livestock owned by and bearing the registered brand of a bona fide rodeo producer are being transported out of the livestock ownership inspection area by the owner for rodeo purposes and there is no change of ownership, the inspection certificate may be endorsed by the inspector issuing the certificate in order to serve as a travel permit for the livestock described in the certificate. The certificate must be renewed yearly.

*HB 1228 gives producers priority to recover on a bond seized by the state from a public grain warehouse or grain buyer.

I am the House prime sponsor of SB 205 to put wolves on the predator list in South Dakota. Rep. Lance Russell and I met with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFW) at the start of session to let the feds know what I had planned. USFW said they didn’t have a problem with the bill because they are going to take the wolf off the endangered species list in the western Dakotas in March of 2013. Just last week two wolves were seen by several of our neighbors in a pasture ten miles south of our ranch and several other people have reported seeing them in this area. SB 205 came out of Senate Ag and passed the Senate with not one vote against it. It will come to the House Ag committee this week.

These bills passed the House and have been sent to the Senate:

*HB 1246 authorizes aerial pesticide applicators to apply pesticide on their own property. Any commercial applicator who is licensed or certified pursuant to chapter 38-21 to apply pesticides to agricultural land may apply pesticides to property owned by the applicator if the commercial categories in which the applicator is licensed are the appropriate applications to be made.

*HB 1093 allowing the use of dogs to hunt mountain lions and leashed dogs to track and retrieve wounded or presumed dead big game animals.

You can keep track of the legislature here: 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.