Representative Jon Hansen (R-25/Dell Rapids) has made opposition to out-of-state influence on South Dakota politics a hallmark of his second full term in the Legislature.
Today, Representative Hansen sat with the House State Affairs Committee to hear testimony for and against House Bill 1057, a measure outlawing certain medical services for transgender youth. Committee minutes show that, after sponsor Representative Fred Deutsch’s (R-4/Florence) introduction, nine proponents spoke:
- Sydney Wright, self, Georgia
- Mike Laidlaw, self, California
- Lynn Meagher, self, Washington State
- Natasha Chart, self, Washington D.C.
- Bernie Hudson, self, Tennessee
- David Pickup, self, Texas
- Glenn Ridder, self, Sioux Falls
- Kara Dansky, self, Washington D.C.
- Scott Newgent, self, Texas
89% of the witnesses who urged Representative Hansen to enact this bill were from out of state. All of those out-of-state witnesses phoned in their testimony.
Sixteen opponents then spoke:
- Dean Krogman, SD Medical Association
- Dr. Flynn, self, Sioux Falls
- Michaela Seiber, self, Sioux Falls
- Mitch Rave, Sanford Health
- Michelle Schimelpfenig, Sanford Health
- Dr. Alana Al Nofal, Sanford Health
- Dr. Kappenman, self, Sioux Falls
- David Owen, SD Chamber of Commerce
- Bill Van Camp, SD Retailers Association
- Debra Owen, Sioux Falls Chamber of Commerce
- Candi Brings Plenty, American Civil Liberties Union
- Dr. Naomi Lundeman-Smith, Leaders Engaged and Determined SD
- Kim Parke, self, Sioux Falls
- Quinncy Parke, self, Sioux Falls
- Susan Williams, self, Sioux Falls
- Roger Tellinghuisen, Human Rights Campaign
100% of the witnesses who urged Representative Hansen to reject this bill were from South Dakota.
House State Affairs passed three amendments to make the bill slightly less harsh. The committee rejected a fourth amendment to further weaken HB 1057. Representative Hansen then joined an eight-man Republican majority to vote the way the out-of-state witnesses urged them to vote, advancing HB 1057 to the full House.
Representative Jon Hansen’s vote provides further evidence that when he says he opposes out-of-state influence in our politics, he really means he opposes out-of-state influence that supports an agenda other than his own.