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Senate Ag committee has 3 bills on Tues Feb 17

February 16, 2015

Gerald-G-Water-Fight-1On Tuesday, February 17th, at 10:00 AM the SD Senate Agriculture and Natural Resources committee will take on 3 bills.

SB 3 – SoDakLiberty PostsProvide for mediation of certain drainage disputes.

Sen Mike Vehle (R, Dist 20) and Rep Brian Gosch (R, Dist 32) are the prime sponsors at the request of the Regional Watershed Advisory Task Force. This is a HUGE topic… especially here in Brown County, where the County Commissioners act as the drainage board. There have been a lot of incidents where neighbors get into battles (sometimes with fists) over water drainage issues. I haven’t had time to study this bill yet, but somehow I don’t see getting the Dept of Ag involved as the answer.

SB 131 – SoDakLiberty Posts – Establish certain provisions regarding stray electrical current and voltage remediation.

Sen Larry Tidemann (R, Dist 7) and Rep Roger Solum (R, Dist 5) are the prime sponsors. This is one I will have to listen to for sure. This seems to be an expansion of the PUC. The testimony will have to be listened to in order to find out if there is an actual need and that there are proper controls in place.

BILLS FOR POSSIBLE ACTION WHICH HAVE HAD PRIOR HEARING.

SB 2 SoDakLiberty PostsProvide for the establishment of river basin natural resource districts and to repeal certain provisions regarding county drainage management.

Sen Jason Frerichs (D, Dist 1) and Rep Brian Gosch (R, Dist 32) are the prime sponsors at the request of the Regional Watershed Advisory Task Force. Another definite one to listen to. Is this meant to work in conjunction with SB 3? Water drainage is a huge issue, so this bill is worth further scrutiny.

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