South Dakota House Passes Invasive Species Bill

Earlier this week, the South Dakota House of Representatives passed House Bill 1033 which is aimed at curbing the spread of invasive species throughout the state by ramping up enforcement efforts.

District 18 Representative Jean Hunhoff says invasive species such as zebra mussels have infested Lewis and Clark Lake and then spread to other lakes in the Missouri River reservoir system.

Hunhoff says the bill gives the Game, Fish and Parks Department the authority to establish inspection stations throughout the state where boaters and anglers will be checked to make sure they are complying with current regulations.

House Bill 1033 provides for charging violators of invasive species regulations with a Class 2 misdemeanor for a first offense and a Class 1 misdemeanor for a second violation within one year.