Governor Kristi Noem couldn’t rally support from her own Republican Legislative leaders to come spend a couple extra days in Pierre shouting at transgender kids. Now she can’t even get them to assemble under the pretext of reviewing the new massive coronavirus stimulus package President Joe Biden is sending our way. The Legislature’s Executive Board voted yesterday to form a committee to advise the Governor on how to handle the American Rescue Plan instead of making all 105 legislators truck out to Pierre to exercise their rubber stamp:
“It seems likely we will not have a special session in June,” House Speaker Spencer Gosch said Thursday afternoon, as the Legislature’s Executive Board wrapped up its meeting.
The Glenham Republican’s announcement came minutes after most of the board’s 15 members endorsed creating a special committee to advise Governor Kristi Noem on how the latest round of federal coronavirus aid should be spent.
Senate President Pro Tem Lee Schoenbeck suggested the committee, which will have 10 members. The Watertown Republican said it would help the Legislature avoid having to repeatedly return every time the federal government issued more guidance on using the funding.
“To give the administration guidance, so that we don’t have a special session, and that’s exactly where it came from in the discussion, and I would tell you the governor was part of the discussion,” Schoenbeck said.
…The panel would have Gosch and Schoenbeck; Senate Republican leader Gary Cammack of Union Center, Senate Democrat leader Troy Heinert of Mission, House Republican leader Kent Peterson of Salem and House Democrat leader Jamie Smith of Sioux Falls; appropriations co-chairs Senator Jean Hunhoff of Yankton and Representative Chris Karr of Sioux Falls, who are Republicans; and two appropriators who are on the Executive Board, Senator Ryan Maher of Isabel and Representative Hugh Bartels of Watertown, who are Republicans [Bob Mercer, “House Speaker: No Special Session in June,” KELO-TV, 2021.04.22].
Yeah, who wants a Special Session in June, anyway? As Dennis Daugaard said, June is when everyone goes to the lake… although it would be pretty cool if Senator Schoenbeck could arrange a Special Off-Site Session at Lake Kampeska: committees sit in beach chairs, Speaker and Pro-Tem chosen in a water-skiing contest….