South Dakota Society of Professional Land Surveyors
SDSPLS was established to facilitate and promote Professional Land Surveying in the State of South Dakota.

Our mission is to promote the profession, assist surveying professionals through education and information, and to provide a unified voice for fellow surveyors in South Dakota.

We welcome you to use this site to enhance your knowledge and gain a better understanding of how we are working to elevate the surveying profession in South Dakota.

From President Nielson  (February 2018) 

Greetings fellow SDSPLS members!  I hope that the first couple months of 2018 have been treating everyone well.  I am hoping that the deep freeze of winter is past us and that our thoughts can turn toward gearing up for the busy season that lies ahead.  

A great deal has transpired since transitioning to President just a few short weeks ago.  The process to select a new Executive Director continues and our 2018 legislative session has been anything but quiet.  We have two bills that have been particularly active (HB 1319 and SB 172), both dealing with the temporary licensure issue that we discussed at the Annual Meeting.  Rarely does a day go by that there aren’t multiple emails and/or phone call relating to these two issues.  In dealing with these two bills I would like to take a moment to thank all of those who have helped with the opposition of HB 1319 and support of SB 172 (Opt Out).  When I began this legislative session I would have put my knowledge of the legislative process at about a two on a one to ten scale.  Now I think I have worked my way up to a four or maybe even a five.  Don Jacobson, Gary Andersh, Diane Aas, Janelle and our DPC lobbyist Justin Bell are all extremely knowledgeable and have been incredibly helpful with the whole process (all of them are eight or higher on the ten scale).  It is obvious to me that this is not the first rodeo for any of them.  It is truly a benefit to the SDSPLS to have the experience that these people provide - not to mention the time they put in representing us. 
At the time of writing this HB 1319 was defeated in the House of Representatives by a margin of 46 to 18.  However, the Governor still has a window of opportunity to amend this bill and bring it back so we will remain on watch.  To date I have not heard of a specific group other than the governor’s office voice support for HB 1319.  This legislation has been closely watched by our neighboring states and societies as well as the National Society of Professional Surveyors – none of which are in support of this type of Temporary Licensure legislation.  We reached out to our sister societies in Colorado, North Dakota and Minnesota and received prompt and eloquent letters of opposition that we were able to share with our legislators.  Curt Sumner, Executive Director of NSPS, also provided a clear and concise letter of opposition.  Locally, Minnehaha County Register of Deeds Julie Risty joined our effort as well.  We are fortunate to have had this response and support.
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