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Gov. Daugaard Seeks Advisory Opinions On SB 136 And SB 159

            Office of Gov. Dennis Daugaard

500 E. Capitol Ave.

Pierre, S.D. 57501







FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:  Monday, March 14, 2016

CONTACT:  Tony Venhuizen or Kelsey Pritchard at 605-773-3212



Gov. Daugaard Seeks Advisory Opinions

On Senate Bill 136 And Senate Bill 159


PIERRE, S.D. – Gov. Dennis Daugaard has requested advisory opinions from the South Dakota Supreme Court on Senate Bill 136, “An Act to permit certain cropland along lakes, rivers, and streams to be assessed as noncropland” and Senate Bill 159, “An Act to provide a tax credit to insurance companies that contribute to an organization providing educational scholarships to certain students.”


Both bills were passed by the South Dakota State Legislature and are currently under the Governor’s consideration.


Article V, section 5 of the South Dakota Constitution authorizes the Governor “to require opinions of the Supreme Court upon important questions of law involved in the exercise of his executive power.”


“Questions about the constitutionality of each of these bills were raised during the legislative debates,” said Gov. Daugaard. “My request for advisory opinions will allow these questions to be resolved before I decide whether to sign or veto these bills.”


The Governor is required to take action on both SB 136 and SB 159 by Saturday, March 26, 2016. The state Legislature will return for a final day on Tuesday, March 29, to consider any vetoes.