Wednesday was a "dark day" for the South Dakota Legislature.
The passage of House Bill 1069, brought to repeal the voters' enacted Initiated Measure 22, culminated the ugliest partisan bum's-rush of legislation since Obamacare. I publicly opposed IM 22 during the election for many reasons. The solution to bad government is not more government, and IM 22 did nothing to combat the ugly corruption of the last two governors' administrations EB-5, and GEAR UP scandals. Circumstances made me a grudging opponent of HB 1069.
Early on I encouraged senators to go slow repealing IM 22. We govern at the permission of the people. While the people give us permission to act on their behalf by electing us, we shouldn't be so arrogant as to act rashly without proper respect to their will. I suggested five to six single subject constitutional bills to review IM 22 and afford the many subjects the proper, respectful and deliberate public hearings that voters deserved. That sage advice was cast aside and HB 1069, the mirror image of IM 22 (which they contested was unconstitutional because it was multi-subject), was brought forth to repeal IM 22.
Immediately, streams of dishonest rhetoric was pushed spinning the repeal and claiming a contrived "emergency" demanding the immediate passage of HB 1069. Politicians who blithely voted for unconstitutional multi-subject bills previously, now claimed they must repeal IM 22 to protect the people's constitution, from the people!