SDPB is playing live video from the Senate today. As I listen to Senator Lance Russell (R-30/Hot Springs) ask whether South Dakotans can trust the Legislature to keep any of its promises, I notice that, over his shoulder, out the window, one can see it snowing in Pierre.
Senator Russell is expressing his concerns about SB 172, the bill to build the animal disease lab at SDSU.
Senator Stace Nelson doesn’t want to get snowed.
“Do-Guard your wallet,” says Senator Nelson, lamenting the taxes he sees disguised as fees in SB 172. He wants to tap the REDI Fund to pay for the building. Senator Deb Peters says the REDI Fund is for revolving loans to help private business development, not fund state buildings.
We folks watching at home can’t really follow the debate, since the conference committee reports on SB 176 and other important bills (like SB 176, the Governor’s anti-protest bill, targeting those darned Indians who make noise about pipelines) aren’t available online. So we watch the snow out the window and wonder how much shoveling we’ll have to do later.