Some legislators care about the health of their colleagues and the staff of the Legislative Research Council:
This fall, House Speaker Steven Haugaard, a Sioux Falls Republican, became deeply ill from it after the special session in October.
Haugaard wore a mask Monday during the Executive Board meeting, as did House Democratic leader Jamie Smith of Sioux Falls and Senator Jim Bolin, a Canton Republican. So did every LRC staff member who came into the Capitol meeting room. The LRC office has had some COVID-19 infections [Bob Mercer, “As Pandemic Intensifies, S.D. Legislature’s New Leaders Face Decisions on Running 2021 Session,” KELO-TV, 2020.11.16].
…and some do not:
Three other board members around the table — [Senator Brock] Greenfield and Republican House members Spencer Gosch of Glenham and Chris Johnson of Rapid City — did not wear masks. Most of the rest of the 15 legislators on the board participated remotely. Several didn’t take part [Mercer, 2020.11.16].
The ones not wearing masks and thus disrespecting the effort and sacrifice of their neighbors are Republicans.
Brock, Spencer, Chris—come on, guys! Coronavirus is real, and we don’t have our Dr. Fauci wonder shots yet. Mask up!