Senator R. Blake Curd (R-12/Sioux Falls) agrees with me that Senate State Affairs made a good move Friday by striking the constitutionally unworkable Section 2 from Senate Bill 59. Senator Curd tells me he was at the Inauguration Friday listening to President Trump talk about giving power back to the people, but he advised his colleagues to strike that section.
Still, Trump’s people-power exhortations weren’t enough to convince Senator Curd to vote against what’s left of SB 59, which delays the enactment date of measures approved by the voters from November to July 1:
The date change is an operational consideration only-to try and ensure all concerned with these measures have the time and resources to comply-as regular legislatively passed questions do [Senator R. Blake Curd, e-mail to Dakota Free Press, 2017.01.22].
I have replied thus:
I appreciate your attention to Senate Bill 59. Even with Section 2 gone, Section 1, the July 1 enactment provision, is a solution in search of a problem. Approved ballot measures have caused no insurmountable problems for government or business when we have enacted them in November. With measures requiring more implementation time, sponsors have been wise enough to include later enactment dates (like the minimum wage increase, passed in November 2014 but enacted on January 1, 2015).
There are already enough barriers to the people’s exercise of their constitutional right to legislate. Please consider either voting NO on SB 59 or amending it to enact voter-approved measures on January 1 following the election.
SB 59 is not scheduled for floor debate in the Senate. But when it pops up, let’s be conservatives and vote against unnecessary legislation. Short of that, let’s compromise and amend the delay down six months to ensure the swift realization of the people’s will.