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West River range funding is suspect following bill’s failure

For the second time this session, SD Legislature declines to fund range near Rapid City
For the second time this session, the South Dakota Legislature killed funding for a West River...
For the second time this session, the South Dakota Legislature killed funding for a West River shooting range.(KOTA)
Published: Mar. 3, 2022 at 12:49 PM MST
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RAPID CITY, S.D. (KOTA) - The South Dakota House Committee on Appropriations killed the last attempt to gather state funds for a West River shooting range.

The committee voted 7-2 to send Senate Bill 175 to the 41st legislative day. Since no session lasts 41 days, this effectively ends the bid for $2.5 million from the state general fund to build a range on Elk Vale Road, 10 miles north of Rapid City.

The bill would have also authorized Game, Fish and Parks to use another $2.5 million in other funds, as well as accept donations for the range construction.

In February, GF&P stated that even without SB 175 passage, the plan would continue to build the range on 400 acres of agriculture land in Meade County. The project is estimated to cost about $10 million, using alternative funding.

A similar bill originating in the House never passed out of committee.

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