2018 Senate Bill 179 - Printed

State of South Dakota  

417Z0650   SENATE BILL   NO.  179  

Introduced by:    Senators Rusch, Klumb, and Stalzer and Representatives Ring, Bartling, Heinemann, Reed, and Rozum

        FOR AN ACT ENTITLED, An Act to provide certain provisions regarding aerial applicators.
    Section 1. That ยง 38-21-17 be amended to read:
    38-21-17. No person may engage in the business of applying pesticides to the lands of another, advertise as being in the business of applying pesticides by air or ground methods on to the lands of another at any time, apply pesticides while in the performance of duties as a governmental employee or otherwise act as a commercial applicator or aerial applicator without an applicator's license issued by the secretary of agriculture, unless exempted under the provisions of this chapter. The secretary shall require a fee of twenty-five dollars for each applicator license issued. The secretary of agriculture shall issue an applicator license to government employees without a license fee. The fee exempt license is valid only when the applicator is applying pesticides in the course of employment for the governmental entity. Any person who violates this section is subject to a civil penalty not to exceed five thousand dollars per violation.
    Section 2. That chapter 38-21 be amended by adding a NEW SECTION to read:
    The secretary may not issue an aerial applicator's license unless the applicant has furnished evidence of financial responsibility with the secretary consisting either of a surety bond or a liability insurance policy in order to protect any person, other than any person suffering damages or injury to agricultural crops, plants, or land who has contracted with the applicant, who may suffer damages as a result of the operations of the applicant. The surety bond shall be in a minimum amount of three hundred thousand dollars, or the liability insurance shall be in a minimum amount of one hundred thousand dollars.
    Section 3. That chapter 38-21 be amended by adding a NEW SECTION to read:
    If a licensed applicator fails to maintain a surety bond or liability insurance pursuant to the provisions of section 1 of this Act, the secretary shall cancel the applicator's license. The applicant may not engage in the business of applying pesticides until the applicator compiles with section 1 of this Act and the applicator is reinstated by the secretary.
    Section 4. That chapter 38-21 be amended by adding a NEW SECTION to read:
    No aerial pesticide applicator may spray pesticide within five hundred feet of an occupied home, food processing site, registered apiary, or an organic sensitive site as certified by the United States Department of Agriculture.

Click message to listen