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State Legislative Stay up-to-date with current legislation and how it affects South Dakota Agriculture.

Updates from South Dakota Farm Bureau

Michael Held, South Dakota Farm Bureau's lobbyist, is at the Capitol representing our members during the Legislative Session.

Contact for Questions:

Michael Held
SDFB Lobbyist
Cell: (605) 350-0739

Read bi-weekly policy updates from Dani Hanson:

Policy Update - August 7, 2020
SDFB Public Comment Letter Regarding DOT Mowing Dates

Policy Update - August 21, 2020

Policy Update - September 4, 2020
SD Farm Bureau Public Comment Regarding Pheasant Season

Policy Update - September 18, 2020

Policy Update - October 2, 2020

Policy Update - October 16, 2020

SDFB Policy Overview July 14, 2020
Dani Hanson, SDFB's Director of Public Policy, recently gave a brief overview of SDFB's new backgrounders and provided a short update on policy happenings in Pierre since the 2020 Legislative Session. She also provided helpful suggestions to prepare policy for the fall.  Please contact Dani Hanson, Director of Public Policy with any questions regarding this update.



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  2020 Bill Tracker


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House Bill

SDFB StatusBillPurpose
SDFB SupportsHB 1006Authorize the secretary of revenue to contract with certain entities for purposes of maintaining a database to determine agricultural income value and to specify the mandatory and permissive data of the database.
SDFB SupportsHB 1007Require certain adjustments to the assessed value of agricultural land if factors impact the land's productivity and to require those adjustments to be documented.
SDFB Keeping TrackHB 1008Legalize the growth and production of industrial hemp and derivative products in the state, and to declare an emergency.
SDFB Keeping TrackHB 1025Revise certain provisions regarding plugging and performance bonds for oil and gas wells.
SDFB Keeping TrackHB 1027Make an appropriation from the coordinated natural resources conservation fund to the State Conservation Commission and to declare an emergency.
SDFB Keeping TrackHB 1028Revise certain provisions regarding pesticide registration and application.
SDFB Keeping TrackHB 1035Make an appropriation from the water and environment fund and its revolving fund subfunds for various water and environmental purposes, to revise the water resources projects list, and to declare an emergency.
SDFB Keeping TrackHB 1042Revise the special education property tax levy for school districts and to revise the state aid to special education formula.

HB 1043Revise the property tax levies for the general fund of school districts and to revise the state aid to education formula.
SDFB Keeping TrackHB 1049Establish a maximum on the number of words contained in a statement of a proponent or opponent for the ballot question pamphlet.
SDFB Keeping TrackHB 1053Revise certain provisions regarding the submission process for ballot measures.
SDFB Keeping TrackHB 1059Revise certain provisions regarding hunting with drones
HB 1071Revise provisions regarding surface water quality complaints.
HB 1084Increase the maximum allowable height of certain vehicles carrying baled feed and to declare an emergency.
HB 1093Establish a pipeline liability fund, to authorize a special fee for extraordinary expenses, and to make a continuous appropriation therefor.
HB 1095Revise requirements regarding hunting mentors.
HB 1099Authorize counties to impose a temporary sales and use tax and to issue revenue bonds to fund certain county infrastructure construction.
HB 1100Make an appropriation to begin the research and development of a new bioprocessing facility and to declare an emergency.
HB 1111Revise provisions regarding the qualifications to serve on the Game, Fish and Parks Commission.
HB 1112Authorize the hiring of law enforcement officers by the South Dakota State Brand Board.
HB 1118Revise the boundaries of certain water development districts and to revise certain provisions regarding the election of the board of directors and the levying of taxes in the affected districts.
HB 1124Provide for an increase in the assessment against certain treated land.
HB 1159Revise provisions regarding the referral of opt outs made by school districts.

HB 1166Revise provisions regarding the appointment of inactive watershed district boards and the reactivation of watershed districts.

HB 1171Require commercial pesticide applicators to maintain proof of financial responsibility.
HB 1181Revise certain provisions regarding bounties for coyotes.
HB 1184Provide limited deer and antelope licenses to landowners.
HB 1189Make an appropriation to expand rural access to broadband services and to declare an emergency.
HB 1197Require testing of moisture meters and protein-measuring devices.
HB 1198To repeal provisions regarding maximum taxes levied by the board of a school district for the capital outlay fund.
HB 1199Require certain annexation information be provided to electric utilities.
HB 1200Establish dates for the mowing of ditches on the state trunk highway system.
HB 1202Revise provisions regarding certain sales and use tax rates.
HB 1220Accomodate legislation enhancing education.
HB 1223Provide for the creation of an international business and trade office.

HB 1227Make an appropriation for the rural veterinary medical education program and to declare an emergency.
HB 1229Accommodate legislation related to electric service in a newly annexed area.
HB 1236Revise provisions regarding the management of the animal damage control program.
HB 1238Permit modification of the term of a perpetual conservation easement after the death of the grantor.

HB 1248Revise the motor vehicle license fee for certain older trucks.
HB 1252Grant property tax relief to certain persons who are long-term residents and long-term property owners.
HB 1254Require a habitat stamp for certain hunting, fishing, canoeing, kayaking, and jet skiing activities.
HB 1257Revise certain provisions regarding hunting, fishing, or trapping on private property without permission.

HB 1262Revise provisions regarding electric service in annexed areas.
HB 1270To revision provisions regarding agricultural land classifications for tax purposes.
HB 1274Establish the Tax Revenue Study Task Force to study tax revenue in this state.
HB 1284Create a road improvement priority fund, to provide for the distribution of the fund, and to repeal certain sales tax exemptions.

HB 1286Regulate capital outlay expenditures.
HB 1291Appropriate money for the ordinary expenses of the legislative, judicial, and executive departments of the state, the expenses of state institutions, interest on the public debt, and for common schools.
HB 1292Make an appropriation to expand rural access to broadband services and to declare an emergency.

Senate Bill

SDFB StatusBillPurpose
SDFB Keeping TrackSB 17Make an appropriation for the plugging and surface reclamation of natural gas wells and to declare an emergency.
SDFB Keeping TrackSB 22Revise certain provisions regarding pesticide registration, pesticide application, and enforcement of pesticide laws.
SDFB Keeping TrackSB 24Revise the fees for pesticide registration, private applicator licenses, commercial applicator licenses, and pesticide dealer licenses.
SDFB Keeping TrackSB 36Transfer funds from the budget reserve fund and to declare an emergency.
SDFB Keeping TrackSB 38Revise the General Appropriations Act for fiscal year 2020.
SDFB Keeping TrackSB 45Transfer the functions of the South Dakota Value Added Finance Authority to the South Dakota Economic Development Finance Authority and the South Dakota Board of Economic Development and to abolish the South Dakota Value Added Finance Authority.
SB 57Provide for the assessment of certain agricultural land as non-cropland.
SB 63Establish certain provisions regarding pore spaces.
SB 67Provide an option to sparse school districts regarding the amount of taxes collected in the capital outlay fund.
SB 68Authorize a county gross receipts tax.

SB 70Authorize other languages to be used in the process of issuing certain driver licenses and permits.
SB 75Provide for a habitat stamp on hunting and fishing licenses.
SB 76Provide for the assessment of certain agricultural land as non-cropland.
SB 79Modify provisions regarding the building of fences across certain unimproved highways.
SB 90Revise the distribution of motor fuel tax revenue, create a small structure and large culvert fund provide for the use and administration of the fund, and to make an appropriation thereof.
SB 94Revise provisions for taxes levied by the board of school district for the capital outlay fund.
SB 102Provide certain procedures regarding the effect of initiated measures and amendments.
SB 111Exclude certain wind energy tax revenue from the state aid to education formula.
SB 113Revise certain provisions regarding instruction permits and restricted minor's driving permits.
SB 122Impose a severance tax on the quarrying of certain minerals.
SB 125Revise provisions regarding the exemption from taxation of certain substances used for agricultural purposes.
SB 151Define critical infrastructure and revise certain crimes for the trespass or damage to critical infrastructure.
SB 154Affect broadband in South Dakota.
SB 157Revise certain provisions regarding the county zoning and appeals process.
SB 158Accommodate legislation regarding refined agricultural products.
SB 161Exempt certain real property from the special maintenance fee levy.
SB 163Establish certain restrictions on the foreign ownership of agricultural land.
SB 165Require all wind energy facilities to include an aircraft detection lighting system.
SB 168Limit the amount of other revenue that is counted as local effort in the state aid to education formula.

SB 170Revise certain provisions regarding school district capital outlay funds.
SB 174Revise the purposes for which a school district's capital outlay fund may be used.
SB 175Accommodate legislation related to meetings and records of rural electric cooperatives.
SB 178Increase funding for counties and townships by increasing the excise tax rate on motor fuel.
SB 184Revise provisions regarding electric service in annexed areas.