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Legislative Update

We are working for YOU!

2021 Legislative Session is underway. Here is an updated list of bills as of Feb. 19, 2021:

  • Background Checks:
    • SB141: provide for the automatic removal of certain marijuana convictions from a background check record.
      • Passed Senate Judiciary
  • Boiler:
    • HB1011: $10 increase in inspection
      • Passed both houses - to Governor's desk
    • HB1045 Supporting Rep. Mulally on this to streamline and clarify what you have to do with property left behind by a resident.
      • Before the House Local Government on Jan 26th.
    • HB1074: limits liability of inspector for damages 
      • Passed House. Before Senate Commerce & Energy 2/23 @ 10am
  • Discrimination / Personal Rights:
    • SB90: recognize hair discrimination as an unfair or discriminatory practice. DIED in Committee
    • SB190: revise provisions regarding unfair or discriminatory practices. OPPOSED TO
      • Before Senate Judiciary on Feb 23.
  • Housing:
    • SB92: require that certain proposed rules include an affordable housing impact statement.
      • Passed Senate. On House consent agenda
    • SB155: appropriate funds to support revolving funds for workforce housing and to declare an emergency.
      • Before Senate State Affairs on Feb 24th
    • SB185:  make an appropriation to provide for an economic development in Sioux Falls and to declare an emergency.
      • Joint Appropriations passed. To Senate 
  • Landlord Tenant:
    • HB1045: revise certain tenant and landlord rights
      • Died in committee
  • Other
    • HB1194: authorize the review of certain executive orders issued by the President of the United States.
      • Before House State Affairs
    • HB1214: provide for permanent daylight savings time when permissible under federal law.
      • Passed State Affairs Committee
  • Real Estate Commission:
    • HB1002: revise certain provisions regarding fingerprint-based background checks. Governor Signed
    • HB1014: establish uniform complaint procedures. Delivered to Governor
  • Real Estate Taxes: 
    • SB49: revise property tax levies for schools
      • Referred to Joint Appropriations
    • SB70: Revise and reorganize aasessment of property taxes
      • Passed Senate. Before House Taxation
  • Marijuana: with the passage of Amendment A, we are actively watching the following:
    • HB1061
    • HB1225
    • HB1228
    • SB20
    • SB35
    • SB57
    • SB187

You can follow the legislative session by coming back to this page or directly at:

Get more involved by contacting the SDMHA office!

2020 Session was a success.

We worked diligently to produce a bill to streamline the eviction process in South Dakota.  HB1067 passed the House with only 3 nay votes, then onto the Senate where we had 5 nay votes.  We did have an amendment on the Senate side, so went back to the House, where we had 1 nay vote.  Governor Noem signed the bill into law, to be effective July 1, 2020.  

HB1067 is a HUGE win for residential rental property owners and management companies in South Dakota.  The changes will reduce expenses to properties and to the residents.

Other bills we were watching that could impact our industry:

  • HB1123: Revise provisions regarding termination of a lease by a victim of alleged domestic abuse:  Governor Noem signed.
  • HB1246: Revise the attorney's fees allowed in a retaliation action against a lessor.  Governor Noem signed
  • SB176:  Provide for the seizure and holding of real property as evidence.  Governor Noem signed

In 2018, our legislation brought about new laws that pertained to Service/Companion/Emotional Support Animal Verification.  Specifically it states that all verifications for Service/Companion animals shall come from a "medical provider that is within the State of South Dakota".  .

Please keep in mind that you must follow Fair Housing Laws, but the verification, per state law, needs to come from within South Dakota.

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Want to be more involved, contact Denise at 605-336-7756.