Chapter 177

(House Bill 1037)

An Act to revise the penalty for certain willful violations by grain buyers and grain warehouse operators.

Be it enacted by the Legislature of the State of South Dakota:

Section 1. That § 49-45-25 be AMENDED:

49-45-25. If at any time during the licensing period a grain buyer becomes aware that the grain buyer is not in compliance with each financial standard, as set forth in the commission's rules, the grain buyer shall immediately notify the commission of the grain buyer's financial condition. When notification occurs, the commission shall immediately conduct an examination to determine if any grounds for suspension pursuant to § 49-45-16 have occurred. A willful violation of this section that results in a financial loss to a grain supplier is a Class 6 felony punishable as theft under chapter 22-30A. A willful violation that does not result in a financial loss to a grain supplier is a Class 1 misdemeanor.

In addition, the commission may assess a civil fine against an out of compliance grain buyer in an amount not to exceed one thousand dollars for each day the grain buyer has been out of compliance up to a maximum of twenty thousand dollars.

Section 2. That § 49-43-62 be AMENDED:

49-43-62. If at any time during the licensing period a grain warehouse operator becomes aware that the grain warehouse is not in compliance with each financial standard, as set forth in the commission's rules, the grain warehouse operator shall immediately notify the commission of the grain warehouse's financial condition. When notification occurs, the commission shall immediately conduct an examination to determine if any grounds for suspension pursuant to § 49-43-5.6 have occurred. A willful violation of this section that results in a financial loss to a grain depositor is a Class 6 felony punishable as theft under chapter 22-30A. A willful violation that does not result in a financial loss to a grain depositor is a Class 1 misdemeanor.

In addition, the commission may assess a civil fine against an out of compliance grain warehouse in an amount not to exceed one thousand dollars for each day the grain warehouse has been out of compliance up to a maximum of twenty thousand dollars.

Signed March 7, 2022

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