Constitutional Amendment V is an out-of-state, poorly written "solution" looking for a problem that South Dakota does not have. It hides vital information from voters and creates a constitutional conflict on the lieutenant governor election. For the following 7 reasons, let's not knuckle under to their attempts in SD. 1. Agreed, there's political gridlock in Washington, but V won't fix D.C.; and D.C. partisan gridlock does not transfer to Pierre. We get things done in Pierre. 2. I'm not excited about the two presidential candidates either, but V does not affect
We are entering the last one-third of the 90th legislative session. The last third is always the most difficult, and also the most interesting. Several important issues have yet to be decided. Of the 429 bills introduced, 42 have been signed into law, 10 are sitting on the governor's desk and the balance has been either withdrawn, killed or is in the process.
I'm writing this the night before Veto Day. It appears there will be no vetoes to consider, however, we must make sure we have a quorum present to adjourn. Since it did not become subject to a veto, I want to write a little bit about my legislation, SB 137, to provide $6 million to continue rehabilitation of the rail line west of Chamberlain. This investment represents both a vision and an opportunity. If the Legislature did not have this same type of vision in 1980, the most grain-productive part of our state, the southeast quadrant, would be devoid of any rail service.
By Mike Vehle By the time most of you read this, the main run of the 2014 legislative session will nearly be over. On Monday and today, we will receive the budget estimates for what remains of 2014 and the following year of 2015. That’s when we will start haggling over how to spend the overage or cut for the underage from earlier forecasts and make our budget final.