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SD WHEAT INC., 2-6-2017 Legislative Update


2-6-2017 Legislative Update

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HB 1038  An Act to repeal the requirement for farm corporations to file farm annual reports with the secretary of State.  This bill is a duplicate of information already being provided.  HB 1038 was brought by the Sec. of State’s Office for several reasons:  Heard in House Ag and was passed out of committee by 13 Yeas 0 Nays.  Passed House Floor YEAS 58 NAYS 10.  Referred to Senate Ag committee.

HB 1027:  allow two-wheeled off-road vehicles that meet certain requirements to be registered and licensed. Adds “any off-road vehicle with two wheels and with a combustion engine having a piston or rotor displacement of one hundred twenty cubic centimeters or more” to be licensed.  Passed House Transportation YEAS 12 to NAYS 0.   Passed House Floor YEAS 69 NAYS 0.  Sent to Senate Transportation.


HB 1094:  An Act to provide for the transfer of certain landowner hunting licenses.   Any license for the hunting of east river deer, west river deer, or antelope issued to a person eighteen years of age or older, may be transferred, with or without payment or consideration, to any resident who is qualified to apply for hunting privileges in this state. However, no license may be transferred unless the transferor owns or operates at least six hundred forty acres of agricultural, grazing, or timber land. The license may only be used on land owned or leased by the transferor. No more than two licenses may be transferred from an immediate family.  Referred to House Ag.


HB 1124: An Act to exempt a person with a commercial driver license from the requirement to have a hazardous materials endorsement on the license under certain conditions.      A person with a commercial driver license is not required to obtain a hazardous materials endorsement pursuant to this chapter if the person is: (1)    Acting within the scope the of person’s employment as an employee of a custom harvester operation; and (2)    Operating a service vehicle that is transporting diesel fuel in quantity of one thousand gallons or less and that is clearly marked with a flammable or combustible placard.  Referred to House Transportation.


HB 1157: An Act to authorize the Board of Regents to contract for the construction of and improvements to the State Animal Disease Research and Diagnostic Laboratory at South Dakota State University, to make an appropriation therefor, and to provide for the repayment thereof. Sent to House State Affairs



SB 7  An Act to revise the criteria for determining if property is classed as agricultural land for property tax purposes.  Passed Senate Taxation & Passed Senate floor 30 Yeas 5 Nays.  Sent to House Taxation.

SB 9 An Act to revise the river basin natural resource district boundaries, to establish sub districts for each district and to establish a procedure to adjust district boundaries.  Heard in Senate Ag and deferred to the 41st day.

SB 21 An Act to revise certain provisions related to public grain warehouses and grain buyers. Passed Senate Ag YEAS 8 NAYS 0.

SB 22:  exempt certain unmanned aircraft systems from the requirement to be registered as aircraft. Drones of a certain size would be exempt. Senate Transportation passed 7-0 Jan 18.  Passed Seante Floor YEAS 33 NAYS 0.  Referred to House Transportation.

SB 39 An Act to allow owners to affix vehicle identification numbers on certain trailers.  Heard in Senate Transportation and passed YEAS 7 NAYS 0.  Passed Senate Floor YEAS 33 NAYS 0.  Passed House Transportation YEAS 7 NAYS 0.  Passed Senate Floor YEAS 33 NAYS 0.  Senate to House Trasportation.

SB 66 An Act to specifically classify certain agricultural land as riparian buffer strips, to establish the criteria for the riparian buffer strip classification, and to provide for the taxation thereof.   The riparian buffer strip shall be assessed at sixty percent of its agricultural income value.  The bill list criteria and eligible rivers, streams, or lakes. To be heard in Senate Ag.

SB 80 Purpose: regulate the use of drones under certain conditions and to provide a penalty therefor.  Referred to Senate State Affairs.

SB 142 Purpose: provide for the assessment and taxation of agricultural land based on its actual use.  Sent to Senate Taxation.

SB 148 To make an appropriation to the Department of Agriculture for enhancement of the farm link program.  Sent to Joint Appropriations.

SB 162: Authorize the Board of Regents to contract for the design, renovation of, and addition to, the Animal Disease Research and Diagnostic Laboratory on the campus of South Dakota State University and to make an appropriation therefor.  Sent to Joint Appropriations.

SB 170: To revise certain provisions regarding the maximum width restriction for farm implements operated on a public highway.  No motor vehicle may operate upon a public highway if the width, measured at the widest points, either of the vehicle or the load, exceeds one hundred two inches, excluding any required safety equipment, or for farm machinery, exceeds two hundred sixteen inches. Sent to Senate Transportation.

SB 172:  An Act to authorize the South Dakota Building Authority to provide for the construction of and improvements to the State Animal Disease Research and Diagnostic Laboratory and infrastructure at South Dakota State University, to increase and establish certain agricultural fees, to transfer certain funds, to make an appropriation, and to declare an emergency.  Sent to Joint Appropriations.




Caren Assman

SD Wheat Inc.,

PO Box 667

Pierre  SD  57501