Governor Dennis Daugaard has called for a special legislative session to discuss non-meandering waters on private lands, reports KOTA News. Legislators will develop rules for individuals to utilize the bodies of water while also accommodating the rights of property owners.
A legislative committee recommended rules that would allow access to approximately 30 lakes on private property. A recent Supreme Court decision recently closed access to these lakes. The rules recommended by the committee would allow public access to the lakes unless the property owner posts signs indicating that the area is closed.
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