- Associated Press - Friday, March 25, 2016

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) - Gov. Dennis Daugaard has vetoed a bill that that would have offered landowners tax breaks for putting in buffer strips of vegetation between farm fields and waterways.

The Republican governor rejected the bill Friday, saying that he’s concerned it’s unconstitutional and that it would shift the property tax burden onto other property owners.

Supporters say it was meant to improve water quality.

The bill would have allowed farmland along a waterway turned into a 50-foot buffer strip of vegetation to be classified as non-cropland for property tax purposes. That would have meant a lower tax burden for those landowners.

Supporters still have a shot at passing the bill when lawmakers convene next week to consider gubernatorial vetoes.

Legislators approved the measure with margins that suggest the veto could be overridden.

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