research-based and technology-led economic development for the community, region, and
state, by bringing together universities, institutes, laboratories, businesses, and
governmental and other organizations devoted to testing, research, and development
activities, to the commercial, governmental, or public policy application of research
results or technological innovation, or to the management of research or technology-based
enterprises, agencies, or organizations. The term includes such enterprises as may be
necessary to support the activities of the primary tenants, their staff, or visitors; and
determined by the commissioner of school and public lands, and exchange such other
lands for those comprising the research park in order to maintain the principal of the
school and public lands trust.
Section 6. Any mineral rights to state lands on which a research park has been established shall be administered to support research park operations.
Section 7. Notwithstanding any other provision of law, including chapter 5-7, the Board of Regents when approving a research park lease or sublease may lease such portions of the mineral interests reserved to the State of South Dakota in the lands occupied by the research park as may be necessary to permit the research park and its tenants to use geothermal resources for heating or cooling on-site facilities. The mineral interests may be leased on behalf of the State of South Dakota acting by and through the Board of Regents in a manner and upon terms acceptable to the board.
Section 8. The commissioner of school and public lands may not authorize the lease of mineral rights if exploitation of such rights would disturb the use of the research park, nor authorize construction of dams, canals, water ditches, or laterals if such structures would impair the use of the research park.
Section 9. The Board of Regents may enter into any lease, contract, or agreement with a business, a nonprofit corporation, or a research park corporation to permit that entity, at its expense and risk, to construct, finance, maintain, and operate any research park established pursuant to this Act.
Section 10. No lease, contract, or agreement may be construed to authorize the private party lessee or contractor, or any subtenant, creditor, trustee, receiver, lien holder, heir, assignee, or other party claiming an interest or right through such private party lessee or contractor, to use or to permit the use of the research park for purposes other than those specified in this Act.
Section 11. The lease, contract, or agreement may permit the private party lessee or contractor, or other parties claiming an interest or right through them, to pledge for commercially reasonable
periods of time such rights of use or occupancy as may be possessed in order to obtain financing.
However, no such pledge impairs the reversionary interests of the Board of Regents.
Section 12. No lease granted pursuant to this Act may have a duration exceeding ninety-nine years.
Section 13. Each lease, contract, or agreement shall contain provisions that require commercially reasonable performance by the private lessee or contractor. Each lease, contract, or agreement shall contain provisions that reserve to the Board of Regents the power to enforce the requirements of this Act and of any leases, contracts, or agreements issued pursuant to it, which reserved powers shall include the power of termination.
Section 14. Notwithstanding any other provision of law to the contrary, upon termination of any such lease, contract, or agreement, the Board of Regents may take title to all improvements comprising the research park.
Section 15. Nothing in this Act authorizes the Board of Regents or any entity operating a research park under a lease, contract, or agreement with the Board of Regents to contract a debt on behalf of, or in any way to obligate, the State of South Dakota, or to pledge, assign, or encumber in any way, or to permit the pledging, assigning, or encumbering in any way, of appropriations made by the Legislature of the State of South Dakota. No debt or liability of a research park is an indebtedness, legal or moral, of the State of South Dakota, and no creditor may have recourse against the State of South Dakota or any fund created or maintained directly or indirectly from state taxation.
Section 16. The Board of Regents may form one or more research park corporations, separate and apart from the state, to construct, finance, develop, maintain, and operate research parks or economic development initiatives that support the teaching, research, or service mission of the university system by expanding opportunities for South Dakota faculty members, researchers, and students to participate in the application of research results and technological innovations in
commerce, government, or public service.
Section 17. Each research park corporation formed pursuant to section 16 of this Act shall be governed by, and all of the corporation's functions, powers, and duties shall be exercised by, a board appointed by the Board of Regents. Each research park corporation shall have the Board of Regents as its sole member. Members of the board may include university presidents, regents, university officers or employees, and other persons selected by the Board of Regents.
Section 18. No portion of the net earnings realized by any research park corporation formed pursuant to section 16 of this Act may inure to any director or officer of the corporation or to any private entity or individual.
Section 19. No research park corporation formed pursuant to section 16 of this Act may be deemed an agency, public body, or other political subdivision of South Dakota, and no research park corporation formed pursuant to section 16 of this Act may borrow money secured by the State of South Dakota.
Section 20. No research park corporation formed pursuant to section 16 of this Act is subject to statutes or rules regulating the conduct of public bodies, including those relating to personnel, procurement of goods and services, board meetings, disposition or acquisition of property, capital outlays, per diem and mileage, and inspection of records. Nothing in this section relieves a research park corporation of the obligation to conform to criminal laws or other statutes of general application.
Section 21. A research park corporation formed pursuant to section 16 of this Act shall have all rights, powers, and privileges granted to nonprofit corporations pursuant to Title 47 which are necessary and convenient to carry out and to effectuate the provisions of this Act.
I certify that the attached Act originated in the
SENATE as Bill No. 188
Secretary of the Senate
President of the Senate
Secretary of the Senate
Senate Bill No. 188
File No. ____
Chapter No. ______
Received at this Executive Office this _____ day of _____________ ,
20____ at ____________ M.
for the Governor
The attached Act is hereby
approved this ________ day of
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STATE OF SOUTH DAKOTA,
Office of the Secretary of State
Filed ____________ , 20___
Secretary of State