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Senate Ag has two bills on Tues Feb 3

February 2, 2015

farmerblockprintOn Tuesday, February 3rd, at 10:00 AM the SD Senate Agriculture and Natural Resources committee will take on 2 bills.

HB 1014SoDakLiberty Posts – Repeal certain obsolete and unnecessary statutes relating to the Department of Environment and Natural Resources.

This bill passed the House Ag committee and House floor with no opposition. Here is what I had to say prior to the House Ag committee meeting:

This bill comes at the request of the SD Department of Environmental and Natural Resources (DENR). This bill would remove five pieces of old codified law. This is the type of bill I like. It removes old code and adds nothing to codified law. Looking through the repealed provisions I don’t see any red flags.

SB 4 SoDakLiberty PostsMake an appropriation for research concerning the administrative and financial impact of actual use on agricultural land assessments and to declare an emergency.

Sen Jim Peterson (D, Dist 4) and Rep Justin Cronin (R, Dist 23) are the prime sponsors of this bill at the request of the Agricultural Land Assessment Implementation and Oversight Advisory Task Force. This would appropriate $151,000 for SDSU Department of Economics to research the assessment and taxation of agricultural land based on actual use. The money approriated would have to be used by June 30, 2016. This should be an interesting one to listen to. There are quite a few people who would like to change how ag land is assessed and taxed.

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