Legislative Update South Dakota Stockgrowers Association January 18, 2019

General The governor will give her budget address next Wednesday. New bill introductions are down year over year. This is due to a large number of new legislators as well as a new administration. Rural nursing home problems are probably the largest issue to tackle but, no legislative approaches have been suggested yet. From my perspective our legislative reception was a big hit. Legislators and administration officials who met with us appreciated the opportunity to pitch their particular issues to us. Yesterday several legislators made a point of telling me how much they appreciated the opportunity to connect with Stockgrowers’ leadership.

Governor Noem followed up with me and with Gary yesterday morning and we had a productive discussion with the governor about our fake meat bill and about our support for the brand board’s proposed fee increase structure. Stockgrowers’ Legislative Issues We enlisted about 60 cosponsors for our fake meat bill this week. Legislators were eager to sign on. Cosponsors include leadership from each house and from each party as well as the chairs of the two Agriculture committees. Rep. Lesmeister submitted the bill yesterday. We are working with other stakeholder groups to build a coalition to support the bill. The three School and Public Lands bills we reported last week all passed their respective house. Commissioner Bruner added language to SB 33 in the Senate Ag committee to block the use of funds from land sales to purchase land at auction. New land purchases from those particular funds may only be used on listed properties. We are aware of a bill coming to remove South Dakota’s video auction restrictions which would make us reliant on federal restrictions. A hunter trespass bill is coming to increase the loss of license penalty on repeat offenders. Mary Duvall is working on legislation to relieve counties of the outsized burden they hold under current statute for law enforcement costs in the event of pipeline protests If you have any questions or comments about this week’s report or about activities in Pierre, please feel free to contact me at murphy@rushmore.com

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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. 

1/15 DP House HB 1030 allow the Office of School and Public Lands to accept internet bidding for the leasing of state minerals.

1/15 DP House HB 1031 authorize certain wind and solar easements and leases by the commissioner of School and Public Lands.

ref. S. Taxation SB 4 revise certain provisions regarding the classification of agricultural land for property tax purposes.

1/17 DP Commerce 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.

1/17 DP Senate SB 33 authorize the commissioner of school and public lands to sell and acquire certain real property.

ref. S. Ag. SB 40 authorize the transfer of certain real property to the Animal Industry Board.

ref. S. Ag. SB 43 redirect funding to a collaborative program in rural veterinary medical education and to provide tax revenue for the support of veterinary students.