A House bill was filed to increase the payments for child support. The cost of living has increased, and a commission which included experts relating to family issues recommended these changes. I voted yes, the bill failed 35 to 31.
Initiated Measure 22 continues to generate much discussion. While IM22 passed narrowly statewide in the November election, a majority of voters in our own District 19 voted against the measure. IM22 would give about $5 million a year for politicians to spend on campaigns, create an ethics commission to oversee the $5 million for political campaigns, and prevent many people from serving in the Legislature. Many people dislike political advertising; I would imagine they would like it even less if they knew their tax dollars were paying for politicians instead of school, health care and roads.
A lawsuit was filed against IM22, and it was ruled unconstitutional and unenforceable by a judge for many reasons, and the law is currently not in effect.
After winning election, we hold up our right hand and swear to uphold the constitution of South Dakota and the United States, and I take that very seriously. The Legislature will work in the coming weeks to respect the intent of the voters by bringing constitutionally sound bills that will promote accountability in state government.
I anticipate the pace will pick up the next couple weeks in committees and on the House floor.
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