Right now there is no single, overriding issue that is dominating this legislative session. Education, guns, alcoholic beverages, elections, abortion, sports betting, Spanish language driving tests, and initiated measures received attention this week. The budget is being put together and it appears that will ultimately be the centerpiece of this year’s legislation.
Stockgrowers’ Legislative Issues
Agland Valuation SB 4, to perform a pre-implementation simulation of updated agland assessment standards was passed by the Senate Tax Committee on Tuesday. The original bill, which would have stricken several sections of the productivity act, was completely replaced with language that authorized the simulation that will be done in 10-12 representative counties in order to test application of most probable and actual use valuation methodologies. Fake Meat We have worked out language with the Retailers’ Association to protect grocers from unintended consequences for products clearly labeled as vegetable rather than meat. The “Good Food Institute.” which is an outfit advocating for plant-based and cell-based (lab grown) meat, has been trying to hire a lobbyist to amend or kill the bill. We anticipate the bill (SB 68) will be heard next Thursday. Other Stockgrower Issues SB 93, regarding youth driving restrictions, was amended in committee today so it will exempt young drivers from time restrictions when they are “operating the motor vehicle to attend or to return home from school or a school event.” Representative Mary Duvall is continuing to work with the administration and House leadership in an effort to secure funding for county law enforcement required in the event of pipeline protests. Governor Noem yesterday said the state should wait until next year, after federal guidelines are issued, before legalizing industrial hemp. If you have any questions or comments about this week’s report or about activities in Pierre, please feel free to contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org
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Legislation of Interest
Following are the bills that have been introduced that may impact Stockgrowers. You can read the bill text and actions by clicking on the blue bill number. Bill status is noted in the status column. DP = “Do Pass” DNP = “Do Not Pass” “41st day” means a bill has been killed.
2/5 signed by Gov. HB 1030 allow the Office of School and Public Lands to accept internet bidding for the leasing of state mineral rights.
2/6 signed by Gov. HB 1031 authorize certain wind and solar easements and leases by the commissioner of School and Public Lands.
1/24 DP House HB 1054 revise certain provisions regarding the possession of firearms on certain vehicles.
2/7 DP Sen. Ag. HB 1075 revise certain provisions regarding the authority of conservation district governing boards.
HB 1089 revise provisions regarding electronic livestock auctions.
HB 1100 revise certain programs regarding landowner rights. HB 1101 revise certain programs regarding the Department of Game, Fish and Parks.
HB 1103 establish a lemon law for certain farm machinery. 2/8 hearing Judiciary
HB 1117 establish immunity from liability for injuries to or the death of a person engaged in off-road vehicle activity under certain circumstances.
HB 1125 create a property tax relief fund and to provide for the transfer of certain unobligated cash balances.
2/7 DNP HB 1145 establish certain provisions regarding the mowing of rights-of-way adjacent to the state trunk highway system.
2/5 DP House HB 1159 repeal a provision that prohibits hunting mourning doves on public roads and highways.
1/28 withdrawn HB 1161 revise certain provisions regarding the issuance of temporary permits for the use of public water. 1/31 tabled HB 1162 provide for the expiration of certain statutory authority regarding the promulgation of rules by the Game, Fish and Parks Commission. 2/5 DNP H. Ag. HB 1182 require a balanced and representative membership on the Game, Fish and Parks Commission.
2/5 DP H. Ag. HB 1188 revise provisions regarding fertilizer inspection fees.
HB 1251 distribute funds to the special racing revolving fund and the South Dakota-bred racing fund from the tourism promotion fund and simulcast wagering.
HJR 1003 Proposing and submitting to the voters at the next general election a new section to Article XII of the Constitution of the State of South Dakota, relating to the creation and administration of a trust fund using the net receipts from unclaimed property.
2/6 DP Sen. Ag. SB 4 revise certain provisions regarding the classification of agricultural land for property tax purposes.
1/22 DP Senate SB 18 update certain references to federal laws and regulations regarding pipeline safety inspections and to increase the maximum civil penalty for certain pipeline safety violations.
1/29 tabled SB 33 authorize the commissioner of school and public lands to sell and acquire certain real property.
1/30 DP Senate SB 40 authorize the transfer of certain real property to the Animal Industry Board.
1/31 DP Senate SB 43 redirect funding to a collaborative program in rural veterinary medical education and to provide tax revenue for the support of veterinary students.
2/6 DP Senate SB 63 increase the penalty for a subsequent conviction for trespass to hunt, fish, or trap.
SB 68 define certain acts as misbranding of food products.
2/8 DP Sen. Transportation SB 93 revise certain provisions regarding instruction and restricted driving permits.
SB 102 make an appropriation for gas well cleanup in Harding County.
2/6 DP Local Govt. SB 103 provide for an annual transfer of certain unobligated state general funds into the local bridge improvement grant fund.
SB 105 distribute a portion of tourism promotion funds to the special racing revolving fund and the South Dakota-bred racing fund.
SB 112 provide for the assessment of certain agricultural land as noncropland.
SB 128 make an appropriation to the gaming commission fund, to provide for the transfer of funds to the special racing revolving fund and the South Dakota-bred racing fund, and to declare an emergency.
SB 149 increase the amount authorized for certain brand fees and to authorize a brand registration application fee and an expedited registration fee.
SB 179 revise the property tax levies for the general fund of school districts and to revise the state aid to education formula. SB 183 revise certain provisions regarding buffer strips.