Extension of law governing lakes on private land advances

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) - Gov. Dennis Daugaard's bill to extend an expiring law that governs the use of lakes on private land for recreation has passed its first legislative test.

A Senate committee voted 7-2 Thursday to advance the bill. It would move the law's June sunset to 2021.

The law restored access to nearly 30 specific lakes for public recreation hampered after a 2017 state Supreme Court decision.

It also says lakes on private property are open for recreational use unless a landowner installs signs or buoys closing an area.

Hunter Roberts, a policy adviser to Daugaard, says officials need more time before making a final decision about the law.

Eric Cleveringa, a lobbyist for the South Dakota Wildlife Federation Camo Coalition, says the law violates the public trust doctrine by allowing private control of public water.

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