State of South Dakota
LEGISLATIVE ASSEMBLY, 2012
SENATE BILL NO. 22
Introduced by: The Committee on Transportation at the request of the Office of School and
FOR AN ACT ENTITLED, An Act to revise certain provisions regarding the vacation or the
change of location of county and township highways on school and public lands.
BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF SOUTH DAKOTA:
Section 1. That § 31-3-6.1 be amended to read as follows:
31-3-6.1. Notwithstanding any other provisions of this chapter, no county or township may
vacate a highway which provides access to public lands.
For the purposes of this section, public
land does not include any school and public lands.
Section 2. That § 31-18-3 be amended to read as follows:
31-18-3. The board of county commissioners may vacate or change the location of any
section-line highway within its county and the board of supervisors of an organized township
may vacate or change the location of any section-line highway within its township, as provided
in this title, but neither board may vacate or change any portion of the state trunk highway
system or any highway constructed by state or federal aid or any highway within the limits of
a municipal corporation, nor may a board of supervisors vacate or change any portion of the
county highway system. In addition, no board of county commissioners or board of supervisors
may vacate a section-line highway which provides access to public lands. This section does not
prohibit the closing of a section-line highway to vehicular traffic if the highway is unsafe for
For the purposes of this section, public land does not include any school and