AN ACT

        ENTITLED, An Act to revise the purpose of the agriculture mediation program.
BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF SOUTH DAKOTA:
    Section 1. That § 54-13-2 be amended to read as follows:
    54-13-2. The Department of Agriculture shall administer an agriculture mediation program to:
            (1)    Provide assistance to borrowers and creditors who seek to use mediation as a method for resolving loan disputes; and
            (2)    Provide mediation to persons or organizations seeking to mediate disputes with federal land management agencies concerning decisions made by those federal agencies.
    The secretary of the Department of Agriculture shall promulgate rules pursuant to chapter 1-26 necessary for mediation, including the establishment of fees, training requirements for mediators and ag finance counselors and their certification, mediation request forms, and any other mediation procedures as may be necessary for the prompt and expeditious mediation of agriculture related disputes, including the receipt of funds pursuant to the Agricultural Credit Act of 1987.
    The agriculture mediation program may not, as a condition to mediation, require that the borrower of any creditor waive any respective legal or equitable remedies or rights.
An Act to revise the purpose of the agriculture mediation program.

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I certify that the attached Act originated in the

HOUSE as Bill No. 1037

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Chief Clerk
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Speaker of the House

Attest:

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Chief Clerk

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President of the Senate

Attest:

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Secretary of the Senate

House Bill No. 1037
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Received at this Executive Office this _____ day of _____________ ,

20____ at ____________ M.


By _________________________
for the Governor
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The attached Act is hereby approved this ________ day of ______________ , A.D., 20___

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Governor
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STATE OF SOUTH DAKOTA,
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Office of the Secretary of State

Filed ____________ , 20___
at _________ o'clock __ M.

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Secretary of State

By _________________________
Asst. Secretary of State