This afternoon SD Governor Dennis Daugaard called the special session to deal with non-meandered waters will be on Monday, June 12, at 10:00 am. Here is the press release sent out by the Governor’s office:
PIERRE, S.D. – Gov. Dennis Daugaard has called a special legislative session to consider legislation relating to public recreational use of non-meandered waters overlying private property.
After consulting with legislative leaders from both political parties, the Governor is calling the special session for Monday, June 12, 2017, at 10 a.m. CDT, at the State Capitol in Pierre.
“The interim legislative committee considered hours of testimony and struck a good compromise that balanced the rights of landowners with the ability for sportsmen to use public waters for recreation,” said the Governor. “I hope the Legislature can act quickly to resolve this long-standing issue.”
I will have a post looking at the current draft legislation posted some time tomorrow (June 8). Following that I will have a post giving my opinion of the legislation. Spoiler alert: I do not like the current legislation at all in its current form and hope the Governor’s office has not been able to strong-arm the 2/3 votes necessary to pass the legislation. This legislation may fix the tourism industry crisis created by the Governor’s office and GFP, but is a direct attack on property rights. Actually many sportsmen groups also feel the current draft legislation is an attack on public doctrine rights.
I plan to be in attendance on June 12 to witness this special session in person. We will see how many legislators make it (any legislator unwilling or unable to make the trip are an automatic no vote!).