After some apparent initial non-responsiveness to my lawsuit seeking to overturn Initiated Measure 24, Attorney General Jason Ravsnborg has apparently chosen Assistant Attorney General Stacy R, Hegge to defend the unconstitutional prohibition on out-of-state residents’ contributions to South Dakota ballot question committees:
The state’s first acknowledgment in U.S. District Court of this lawsuit comes on the same day that my counsel filed a new batch of documents, including the brief explaining how IM 24 violates the First Amendment, the Dormant Commerce Clause, and the Equal Protection Clause and justifying our call for an immediate injunction of the enactment of IM 24, which is scheduled to take effect this July 1:
…and this letter to Judge Charles B. Kornmann noting the Attorney General’s failure to respond to direct communication from the plaintiffs’ attorney and asking for a hearing on preliminary injunction within the next three weeks, as soon as next week, but by April 12 if possible (leaving all parties concerned time afterward to finish their tax returns and hide their Easter eggs):
I’m ready to make my case and avert the imminent harm to free speech. I look forward to the opportunity to do so at the Court’s earliest convenience.