State of South Dakota
LEGISLATIVE ASSEMBLY, 2012
This bill has been extensively amended (hoghoused) and may no longer be consistent
with the original intention of the sponsor.
SENATE ENGROSSED NO. SB 169 - 2/13/2012
Introduced by: Senators Hansen (Tom), Begalka, Frerichs, Krebs, Novstrup (Al), and Peters
and Representatives Street, Greenfield, Rozum, Sigdestad, and Tulson
FOR AN ACT ENTITLED, An Act to establish the Regional Watershed Advisory Task Force.
BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF SOUTH DAKOTA:
Section 1. There is hereby established the Regional Watershed Advisory Task Force. The
task force shall consist of the following fourteen members:
(1) The speaker of the House of Representatives shall appoint four members of the
House of Representatives, no more than two of whom may be from one political
(2) The speaker of the House of Representatives shall appoint three members of the
general public. At least one of the members shall have a background in natural
resources law, science, or management, and at least one of the members shall have
an agricultural or business background;
(3) The president pro tempore of the Senate shall appoint four members of the Senate,
no more than two of whom may be from one political party; and
(4) The president pro tempore of the Senate shall appoint three members of the general
public. At least one of the members shall have a background in natural resources law,
science, or management, and at least one of the members shall have an agricultural
or business background.
The initial appointments shall be made no later than July 1, 2012, and shall serve until
January 12, 2013. The speaker of the House of Representatives and president pro tempore of the
Senate, before the close of each regular session of the Legislature held in odd-numbered years,
shall appoint members to the task force for a term of two years. If there is a vacancy on the task
force, the vacancy shall be filled in the same manner as the original appointment.
Section 2. The Regional Watershed Advisory Task Force established pursuant to section 1
of this Act shall conduct studies and evaluations on matters relating to drainage, erosion, flood
control, reclamation, environmental protection, and improvement of lands, soils, waters, and all
other authorized purposes and may advise any new or existing special purpose district or
government entity on such issues. In addition, the task force shall consider potential alternative
organizational structures and entities appropriate to address such issues. The task force shall
report to the Senate and House of Representatives and may submit a copy of its report to the
Governor. The task force may present draft legislation and policy recommendations to the
Legislative Research Council Executive Board. The task force shall make recommendations in
the following areas:
(1) The proper role, purposes, structure, powers, boundaries, and financing for regional
and local watershed districts and the relationship of such districts to other types of
water and natural resources-related special purpose districts;
(2) The role of watershed districts and other state and local government entities with
respect to drainage issues, including drainage planning and management, resolution
of drainage disputes, and recommendations for potential realignment of
responsibilities for drainage matters; and
(3) Potential alternative organizational structures, entities, and strategies appropriate to
address statewide, regional, and local issues relating to water and natural resources
conservation, protection, management, and use.
Section 3. The provisions of this Act are repealed on January 20, 2015.