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House Ag has two bills on Tues Feb 3

February 2, 2015

duckhunterOn Tuesday, February 3rd, at 7:45 AM the SD House Agriculture and Natural Resources committee will take on 2 bills.

HB 1146 – SoDakLiberty PostsLimit who may request to see a person’s hunting or fishing license.

Rep Lee Qualm (R, Dist 21) and Sen Bill Van Gerpen (R, Dist 19) are the prime sponsors of this bill. This bill removes the language for “at any time upon request of any person” and keeps the “upon request by a conservation officer or other law enforcement officer”. That change makes sense to me. Why would the law need to allow anyone else to request to see a sportsman’s license? This section code has a Class 2 misdemeanor attached to it.

HB 1152 – SoDakLiberty Posts Limit the terms of certain conservation easements.

Rep Steven McCleerey (D, Dist 1) and Sen Betty Olson (R, Dist 28) are the prime sponsors of this bill. This is a change I wish would go further, but has failed in previous years. Currently a landowner can enter into an eternal conservation easement for a one-time sum of money. Such easements are such bad policy, especially with the government being one of the parties. Such an easement is saying that nobody in the future can best determine how to use land. This bill would limit such conservation easements in SD to 100 years (which is still a long time). This bill would only apply to new conservation easements, it would not retroactively change ones entered into already. I wonder if this will pass this year. I hope it does.

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