Vehle named to Legislature's Executive BoardPIERRE — From a field of 45 lawmakers who applied to serve, the Legislature’s Executive Board chose eight senators and representatives Monday for the new planning committee that was created in the 2012 session.
By: Bob Mercer, Republic Capitol Bureau
PIERRE — From a field of 45 lawmakers who applied to serve, the Legislature’s Executive Board chose eight senators and representatives Monday for the new planning committee that was created in the 2012 session.
Whether there even is such a committee remains unclear until next Monday.
June 18 is the last day for petitions to be filed for a possible statewide vote on the committee. If the petition drive succeeds, the referendum would be held as part of the November general election.
The convoluted process of picking the committee members Monday involved a lengthy debate about whether the board had the authority to appoint the committee members yet, followed by multiple rounds of secret balloting.
“This process has become more and more federal-like,” said Rep. Chuck Turbiville, RDeadwood. He is the Executive Board’s chairman.
The eight selected by the board are Rep. Jacqueline Sly, R-Rapid City; Rep. Scott Munsterman, RBrookings; Rep. Kristin Conzet, R-Rapid City; Sen. Ryan Maher, R-Isabel; Sen. Mike Vehle, R- Mitchell; Rep. Steve Street, DMilbank; Rep. Susan Wismer, DBritton; and Sen. Billie Sutton, D-Burke.
The House speaker, the Senate president pro tem and the chairman of the Executive Board also will automatically be members.
Those currently are Rep. Val Rausch, R-Big Stone City; Sen. Bob Gray, R-Pierre; and Rep. Chuck Turbiville, R-Deadwod.
None is returning for the 2013 session. They will however serve on the planning committee until their successors are selected next year.
The speaker and the Senate president pro tem who will hold those posts for the 2013 session will be selected in caucus decisions after the November general election. They will take office in January.
The Executive Board’s new chairman won’t be chosen, in all likelihood, until after the 2013 legislative session ends.
That would mean Turbiville possibly could continue to serve on the planning committee until late March or April 2013, even though he wouldn’t be a member of the Legislature any longer.
The legislation currently is subject to a petition drive that, if successful, would refer it to a statewide vote in the November general election.
If there aren’t sufficient valid signatures submitted by the filing deadline at 5 p.m. Monday, the legislation becomes law July 1.