Senate Bill 39, Senator Stace Nelson’s anti-nepotism bill, is a great idea. Alas, it doesn’t declare an emergency, and it gives Kristi Noem and her cabal until July 1 to hire all the children, stepchildren, siblings, parents, and in-laws they can before SB 39 would kick in.
Of course, before we pass any bill, we should get some solid data on just how pervasive is the problem the bill seeks to solve. Let’s get some testimony on how many paychecks the state writes to kin of other state employees. Get someone from the treasurer’s office, someone new who can offer a fresh look at the data, someone like…
Kyle Peters! He’s Treasurer Josh Haeder’s new finance officer and Legislative liaison, so he’s the guy we’d expect to come talk to Legislative committees about such matters. Fresh from his private-sector job at Plains Commerce Bank in Mitchell, Peters surely has little tolerance for government backroom back-scratching. Peters grew up on a farm and he likes lifting weights, so he’s clearly cut-out for the hard work of exposing nepotism and other corruption in state government.
But let’s keep those committee hearings brief. We don’t want to cut into the time Peters likes spending (according to his cached bio at Plains Commerce Bank) with “his significant other, Kassidy.”
Yes, Kyle Peters is most definitely the guy from the Treasurer’s Office we want speaking to Senate State Affairs about the extent of nepotism in state government.
According to Open.SD.gov, Peters’s new job pays $53,000 a year.