The South Dakota Legislature plans to convene in Special Session November 8 to further gerrymander its own districts and ensure Republican domination of our lawmaking process for another ten years. The proclamation setting that date says the redistricting is the sole purpose of the November Special Session.
However, Bob Mercer warns that legislators on the medical marijuana subcommittee may use the Special Session to vote on amendments to our new medical marijuana law that lawmakers are working on in secret meetings:
Turns out the Legislature’s medical-marijuana subcommittee that met Wednesday to review proposed rules for South Dakota’s new program also has three sets of its members working privately, outside the public’s view, on potential changes to Initiated Measure 26 that nearly 70% of voters passed in the 2020 election.
…Representative Ernie Otten said a citizen had contacted him seeking more information about what the workgroups are looking at and their members.
[Medical marijuana committee chairman Senator Bryan] Breitling sidestepped that request and said the citizen could work directly with Otten.
“The workgroups are not public meetings,” Breitling told Otten [Bob Mercer, S.D. Lawmakers Might Change Medical-Pot Laws,” KELO-TV, 2021.08.04].
Senator Breitling, why on earth wouldn’t workgroup meetings be public? What on earth could you be discussing that can’t be discussed in front of the people who elected you, pay your per diems, and overwhelmingly approved the law you are working to change?
Keep an eye on your legislators, fellow South Dakotans, and keep an eye on the November Special Session: our legislators may be getting ready to mess with more than the district map!