Governor seeks extension of special session lake use law

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) - Gov. Dennis Daugaard is asking South Dakota legislators to extend a law set to expire this summer that governs the use of lakes on private land for recreation.

Lawmakers during a special legislative session last year approved a compromise on so-called nonmeandered waters that sunsets in June 2018, meaning lawmakers will have to revisit the issue in the upcoming session.

The governor's office proposed a bill this week that would move the law's expiration date to 2021.

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

The law also says lakes on private property are open for recreational use unless a landowner installs signs or buoys saying an area is closed.

The 2018 legislative session starts next week.

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