PIERRE, S.D. (AP) — The South Dakota Senate has revived a piece of legislation pushed by Gov. Kristi Noem that would keep conservation officers from entering private property without permission.
Senators who favored the bill used a rarely-used legislative maneuver, called a “smoke out,” to revive a bill unanimously defeated by a committee on Tuesday.
The Republican governor has pressed senators to pass her proposal, saying it would protect property rights. Conservation officers could still enter private lands under reasonable suspicion of crime occurring.
Opponents says it would effectively end compliance checks on private property.
March 4, 2021