House Bill 1117, Governor Kristi Noem’s attempt to rewrite the unconstitutional anti-protest/pro-pipeline “riot-boosting” bill that she rushed through the Legislature last year, passed House State Affairs Wednesday over strong tribal opposition. Speaker Steven Haugaard voted against HB 1117 in committee, calling last year’s pipeline favor “a significant mess” and call this year’s retread an “unnecessary strain” on state-tribal relations. Courtesy of Majority Leader Lee Qualm’s motion yesterday, Speaker Haugaard got to defer HB 1117 to Tuesday, giving opponents the four-day weekend to work the crackerbarrels and the e-mails to rally opposition to this unnecessary infringement of First Amendment rights.
As you speak with your legislators about what’s more important to South Dakota, free speech or foreign oil, feel free to share with them Jo Johnson’s latest visual commentary on Governor Noem’s priorities:
Right after the committee vote for HB 1117 Wednesday, Governor Noem announced a new student art competition that she says will support Native American art. Art is a fine outlet for self-expression; maybe some tribal youth will take inspiration from Jo Johnson’s work and send the Governor some vigorous expressions of their values to hang on the Capitol walls.