Rookie Representative Carl Perry (R-3/Aberdeen) continues to insist that liberal blog Dakota Free Press plays a vital role in civic education:
In his wide-ranging opening comments at Saturday’s crackerbarrel in Aberdeen, Representative Perry lamented the failure of the Legislature to pass any funding yet for nursing homes. He said Governor Kristi Noem’s budget promises $5 million for that purpose, but he says we need to do something now, like appropriate the $8 million in Representative Steven McCleerey’s (D-1/Sisseton) House Bill 1060, which Perry voted for in House Health and Human Services before the Republicans dragged that bill to House Appropriations for killing.
Representative Perry also lamented the failure of his House Bill 1207, a carcass bill into which he stuffed a remarkable proposal to allow banks to serve cannabis-related businesses. Given the success of South Dakota’s banking and trust industries, Perry said a “national cannabis bank,” said Perry could be “another big thing” for our fair state.