Meade County shooting range bill passes senate committee

The bill is now set to head to the Senate Appropriations Committee.

PIERRE, S.D. — A senate bill that would allocate state funds for a shooting range in Meade County passed a senate committee Thursday morning.

The Senate Agriculture and Natural Recourses Committee voted five to two in favor of sending Senate Bill 175 to the Senate Appropriations Committee.

The bill would allocate $2.5 million in state funds for a shooting facility that will be located off Elk Vale Road in Meade County, roughly 11 miles north of Rapid City.

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South Dakota Game, Fish, and Parks says the facility will rival many shooting facilities in the nation and would provide for economic opportunity in Meade and Pennington County.

A similar bill was struck down in the House Agriculture and Natural Resources Committee on January 25. 

The issue has been heavily opposed by landowners in the area who expressed many concerns with the range, including the safety of the range and potential impact on road maintenance costs due to increased traffic.

SDGF&P officials said they have been working with landowners to alleviate some of those concerns.

The department also says that even if the bill isn’t passed in the legislature, they will fund the project through private donations.

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