Governor Calls Special Legislative Session

Jun 7, 2017

Credit Lee Strubinger / SDPB

Governor Dennis Daugaard is calling a special legislative session to consider recreational use of non-meandered bodies of water over private property.
 
The legislature will convene on Monday.
 
The governor says he made the call for a session after talking with legislative leaders from both political parties.
 
At issue is a decades long dispute over landowner rights and public access to water, which is held in public trust. In the early 1990’s, several lakes formed in northeastern South Dakota following a winter of heavy snowfall and spring rains.
 
South Dakota Game Fish and Parks removed access to all non-meandered lakes following a recent South Dakota Supreme Court decision. The proposed legislation re-opens those non-meandered bodies of water pending landowner approval.

20-11 is the last time a special session was called.