But hey, it’s a good thing Governor Daugaard thinks we can save tens of millions by reforming Medicaid. We can put some of the savings toward paying the costs of Amendment S, the redundant crime victims bill of rights pushed by California billionaire Henry T. Nicholas. Voters chose Nicholas’s emotional appeals over the cool, rational advice of South Dakota state’s attorneys. Now Amendment S, which should take effect today, is already forcing Brown County to spend more money on a new full-time victim service position:
During today’s Brown County Commission meeting, Chris White, state’s attorney-elect, discussed the added workload and possible liability issues that Marsy’s Law will create.
“It looks like it was written by somebody who’s not involved in the system at all, because none of it makes sense and it’s not practical,” White told commissioners.
…If the requirements of the law aren’t met by the county, the county could be sued, White said.
…Commissioners approved hiring a full-time victim’s assistant who will be paid between 21 and 25 dollars per hour to help take some of the workload off the attorneys and help mitigate the chance of litigation against the county [Shannon Marvel, “Brown County Hires Full-Time Victim’s Assistant to Comply with Marsy’s Law,” Aberdeen American News, 2016.11.16].
$25 an hour, full-time… that’s $50K a year. Brown County HR is taking applications now through November 28.