Agriculture and Natural Resources Committee, South Dakota State Senate

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The Agriculture and Natural Resources Committee is a standing committee of the South Dakota State Senate.

Per Section S4-1 of the Senate Rules, committees of the South Dakota State Senate are chosen by the President Pro Tempore and Minority Leader. Committees are assigned after the general election.[1] The President of the Senate is an ex officio member of the Legislative Procedure Committee and the President Pro Tempore is the chair of the Legislative Procedure Committee.[2] For all other standing committees, the member that is announced first serves as the chair of the committee.[3]

DocumentIcon.jpg See rules: South Dakota Legislator Reference Book


The Agriculture and Natural Resources Committee deals with bills relating to the production and distribution of agricultural products; soil conservation; animals and livestock; the state fair; regulation of grain elevators, pesticide and fertilizer dealers and livestock auctions; and brand inspection. Bills relating to game, fish and parks; mining; water development and irrigation; forestry; environmental protection; energy conservation; trespass laws; and nuclear waste disposal.[4][5]


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2015 legislative session

The following table describes committee membership at the beginning of the 2015 legislative session.

Agriculture and Natural Resources Members, 2015
Democratic members (2)Republican members (7)
Jason FrerichsGary Cammack, Chair
Jim PetersonBetty Olson, Vice Chair
Bob Ewing
Bruce Rampelberg
Phil Jensen
Arthur Rusch
Mike Vehle


The following table describes committee membership at the beginning of the 2013 legislative session.



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