Rep. Betty Olson (R-28B/Prairie City) hates conservation easements. Last year she co-sponsored two failed bills that sought to create all sorts of red tape for property owners who want to establish conservation easements on their land. Now Rep. Olson is trying again to interfere with property rights: her HB 1087 would limit conservation easements to thirty years.
Thirty years. That's funny: I haven't heard Rep. Olson or her Republican colleagues express any opposition to the 99-year right-of-way easements that foreign oil company TransCanada was able to force on South Dakota landowners through the courts.
Remember, this is the same Betty Olson who thinks the state shouldn't keep any land off the market for parks or other public uses. She doesn't want the public protecting nature; she doesn't even want individuals exercising their property rights to protect nature.
Apparently Rep. Betty Olson believes property rights only extend to people who share her values.