PIERRE, S.D. – Gov. Dennis Daugaard signed House Bill 1098 today, which is a water and environment funding bill to appropriate dedicated funds for water, wastewater and solid waste projects. The bill is also commonly referred to as the Governor’s Omnibus Water Funding bill.

“I appreciate that the state legislature approved the annual water and environment funding bill,” Gov. Daugaard said. “This bill has a long history of successfully helping project sponsors build water, wastewater and solid waste projects that are good for our people, good for the environment, good for economic development, and good for our state.”

HB 1098 appropriates $13 million in dedicated funds. No general funds are used. The funds are awarded to local project sponsors at public meetings conducted by the Board of Water and Natural Resources, and the grant and loans are administered by the Department of Environment and Natural Resources.

In 1992 and 1993, the legislature established the dedicated funding sources for the Water and Environment Fund. The dedicated funding sources for water development are revenues from the Petroleum Release Compensation Tank Inspection fee and the sale of lotto tickets. Landfill and tire fees are dedicated for solid waste and recycling projects.

With this appropriation, $52.8 million has been provided for solid water and recycling projects since 1992 and $242.9 million has been provided for drinking water, wastewater and watershed restoration projects since 1993.

Governor Daugaard Signs Senate Bill 32

Gov. Dennis Daugaard signed Senate Bill 32, an act to place certain substances on the controlled substances schedule. SB 32 is an annual bill to update South Dakota’s controlled substances statutes to match federal Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) scheduling actions.

This year’s bill adds a definition of fentanyl analog which allows South Dakota to address “underground” chemists who make minor changes to an existing illegal chemical, resulting in a new chemical which can be sold as a recreational drug but which is not specifically listed as illegal. These drugs are specifically created to avoid current controlled substances laws by modifying the molecular structure of the substance. The bill also adds five known fentanyl analogs to Schedule 1.

Other Bills signed by the governor today:

SB 21 – update references to certain federal motor carrier regulations.

SB 22 – allow commercial driver license applicants three attempts to pass the commercial driver license examination.

SB 26 – revise certain provisions regarding public grain buyers.

SB 28 –  make an appropriation for costs related to suppression of wildfires in the state and to declare an emergency.

SB 39 – revise certain provisions regarding permitted improvements on school and public lands.

SB 45 – revise certain provisions regarding the sale of unclaimed property.

SB 48 – authorize the Board of Regents to purchase improved agricultural real property in Meade County, to make an appropriation therefor, and to declare an emergency.

SB 52 – authorize the Board of Regents to demolish a South Dakota State University building and to make an appropriation therefor.

SB 56 – make an appropriation to fund tax refunds for elderly persons and persons with a disability, to revise the income eligibility requirements for property and sales tax refunds, and to declare an emergency.

SB 60 – revise the administrative rule-making authority for the Department of Human Services.

SB 66 – require each school board to provide certain information regarding school elections in the school board minutes.

SB 67 – permit a victim of child sex trafficking or exploitation to expunge any criminal or delinquency record obtained as a result of the victimization.

SB 75 – establish certain provisions regarding the dispensing of biological products.

SB 88 – revise certain provisions in regarding disinterment permits.

HB 1009 – revise certain provisions regarding the administration of benefits provided to veterans.

HB 1010 – revise certain provisions regarding federal protections for National Guard members ordered to active duty.

HB 1027 – revise certain provisions regarding the maximum number of apprentices in a salon.

HB 1034 – require certain insurance companies to identify and locate beneficiaries on life policies and annuity contracts.

HB 1064 – expand the options for the beneficial disposition or use of certain real estate located in Minnehaha County, to make certain appropriations, and to declare an emergency.

Information on pending and signed 2018 Bills

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