On Thursday, a Senate legislative committee passed an extension of what some call “the open waters compromise.”
Lawmakers met last summer to implement rules for public access to those waters.
For landowners it’s about property rights. For recreationists, it’s about water rights.
The decades long debate is far from over.
The issue of non-meandered waters in South Dakota has garnered two state supreme court decisions, called for several summer study sessions and gathered lawmakers last summer for a special session vote.