State of South Dakota
LEGISLATIVE ASSEMBLY, 2019
||HOUSE BILL NO. 1182 |
Introduced by: Representatives Pischke, Finck, Goodwin, and Otten (Herman) and Senators Nelson and Otten (Ernie)
FOR AN ACT ENTITLED, An Act to require a balanced and representative membership on the Game, Fish and Parks Commission.
BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF SOUTH DAKOTA:
Section 1. That § 41-2-1 be amended to read:
41-2-1. There is hereby continued the department of state government known as the Department of Game, Fish and Parks, and a commission comprised of eight members, appointed by the Governor as provided in § 41-2-3, and subject to confirmation by the
State Senate. The Governor and the Senate shall ensure that:
(1) No more than four commissioners are members of the same political party;
(2) Three commissioners reside west of the Missouri River and five commissioners reside east of the Missouri River;
(3) Four commissioners are farmers who reside on or work primarily on a family farm and derive at least two-thirds of their gross annual income from agriculture; and
(4) The commission has a balanced and representative membership and includes persons who by specific training and experience have familiarity with:
(a) Wildlife and fisheries management and advocacy;
(b) Natural resource and environmental management and advocacy;
(c) Land acquisition and management; and
(d) Local, regional, and statewide commercial impacts related to recreational activities including camping, fishing, and hunting.
Section 2. That § 41-2-2 be repealed.
41-2-2. Not more than four of the game, fish and parks commissioners may be members of the same political party, and, at the time of their appointment, at least four shall be farmers actually residing on a farm or working primarily on a farm, engaged in agriculture, deriving at least two-thirds of their gross annual incomes from crop or livestock production or both, and interested in wildlife conservation. At the time of their appointment three commissioners shall reside west of the Missouri River and five shall reside east of the Missouri River.