South Dakota Legislative & Regulatory


Missouri River Energy Services regularly monitors state agencies to identify issues that might affect MRES or its municipal electric utility members. You can find information about the regulatory matters we are monitoring or participating in clicking on this link to South Dakota Regulatory.



The 92nd Legislative Session will convene Tuesday, Jan. 10, 2017.

Getting information about the activities and legislation is easy. Missouri River Energy Services (MRES) continuously monitors bills introduced in the South Dakota Legislature that could affect electric utilities in the state of South Dakota. To find out who represents your utility interests go to the South Dakota Secretary of State website


2017 House Bills

HB 1006: A bill to require public meeting notice/agenda be posted in a "visible, readable, and accessible" place at least 72 hours prior to the meeting start, excluding Saturday, Sunday, and holidays.  The bill also requires that public comments as to a state agency rule-making be filed at least 72 hours before the public hearing.  
Status: Pre-filed bill. Referred to House State Affairs. Set for hearing 1/13/17. Passed committee (12-0) 1/13/17. Passed House (68-0) 1/17/17; referred to Senate.

HB 1012: A bill to add solar to the current laws governing wind development, specifically the obtaining of easements from property owners.
Status: Pre-filed bill. Assigned to House Commerce and Energy.


2017 Senate Bills

SB 27: A bill regarding direct conflicts of interest by public officials; penalty provided.
Status: Introduced 1/10/17; referred to Senate Judiciary. Set for hearing 1/19/17.

SB 53: A bill establishing a Campaign Ethics Commission.
Status: Introduced 1/10/17. Referred to State Affairs.

SB 54: A bill revising campaign financing.
Status: Introduced 1/10/17. Referred to State Affairs.

SB  59:  A bill to revise requirements for instituting initiated measures.
Status:  Introduced 1/17/17; referred to Senate State Affairs.


SB 60:  A bill to revise how a consumers power district may sell assets.
Status: Introduced 1/17/17; referred to Senate Commerce & Energy.