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Over the past two years, I have met with dog hunters, still hunters and private property owners. My hope was that the three groups would get together and work things out. My bill aims to pose a civil fine for those who hunt or run dogs on private property without permission from the property owner. My objective in introducing this bill is to hopefully provide some relief to the many private property owners who have complained to me for two years about the problems that they are having with the dogs and the hunters that run across their lands, which prevents them from fully enjoying their properties. I have since met with the director and other top officials at the state Department of Natural Resources, and we have agreed to attempt to find a resolution that does not require legislation. Hopefully, the private property owners, the still hunters and the deer-doggers will find common ground as it relates to this issue. If so, my bill will be a moot point. As always, if you have concerns or needs please contact my administrative assistant. Thank you for the opportunity to serve. Sen. Kevin L. Johnson represents Senate District No. 26, which covers all of Clarendon and parts of Darlington, Florence and Sumter counties. He lives in Manning with his wife, Gloria. The couple has three grown children, Kelvin, Kyndra and Kim. A former member of the state House of Representatives, he has also served on Manning City Council and Clarendon School District 2’s Board of Trustees, and served as mayor of Manning for 11 years. Retired from the state Department of Revenue, he is now a full-time public servant in the Senate.