A bill to limit conservation easements in South Dakota died on the house floor today after a lengthy debate. The legislation sought to limit conservation easements to thirty years.
Proponents argued that permanent easements deny future generations the right to develop inherited land. But opponents like republican state senator Gene Abdallah argue it's an issue of property rights.
"Why shouldn't a person have a permanent easement - it's their property, they acquired it, they work for it - why should they not have their wish if they want to put it in a permanent easement," Abdallah said.
The bill went down by a vote of twenty-two to forty-five.
By Marcus Brooks
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