Representative Kaleb Weis (R-2/Aberdeen) filed House Concurrent Resolution 6008 to give air to his insurrectionist friends’ overhyped alarm over the Associated School Boards of South Dakota’s membership in the National School Boards Association. HCR 6008, like all CRs and Kaleb Weis, does nothing, but if you’re going to bother to take up valuable committee time with a do-nothing resolution, you can at least show up to committee and testify for it, right?
Not Kaleb Weis. When House Education turned to HCR 6008 last Monday, February 7, Weis’s Housemate and Education Chair Lana Greenfield (R-2/Doland) said Weis had contacted her and said “he would be unable to be here today.”
Weis’s absence puzzles. He was present for the House Session that afternoon. He did not testify at any other committee hearings that morning. Hmm… was Representative Weis still held up the regular Monday morning session of the Committee on Too Hung Over to Speak?
Whatever detained Representative Weis from addressing his pressing matter before House Education, the committee appeared unimpressed with fellow right-wingnut Florence Thompson, who stepped in to spend a minute and a half telling the committee about the national “frou-frou” that prompted this resolution. No one else showed up to speak to this vital measure, and Representative Will Mortenson (R-24/Pierre) moved to table HCR 6008. Six cranky radicals resisted the motion—because, what, y’all wanted to spend more time posturing over a resolution for which almost no one, not even the prime sponsor, bothered to show up?—but the motion to table prevailed 8–6.
If Representative Weis can pick himself up off the floor this morning, he may get a chance to ask House Education to pick HCR 6008 up off the table. He is scheduled to testify to House Education this morning on his only remaining bill, House Bill 1295, an effort to at least slap the Associated School Boards of South Dakota with more bureaucracy by requiring them to file an annual report with the Legislature’s Government Operations and Audit Committee. (We can’t have more transparency in the multi-billion-dollar trust industry to catch folks hiding money for fascists and drug dealers, but by gum, we gotta have the school boards association hand over their financial data so we can catch them promoting Leftism!) While he’s there, maybe he can apologize for his absence last Monday and humbly request the committee take from the table his HCR 6008 so he can amplify his attack on our godless Communist public school boards.
Related Capitol Malpractice: Not that I should complain too hard about Kaleb Weis’s absence from the Legislature. When he does show up in committee, we get nothing but horsehockey… like Weis’s statement in Thursday’s House Health and Human Services committee hearing on House Bill 1267, the ivermectin bill, that he’s got more faith in horse pills than doctors:
During committee remarks, Rep. Kaleb Weis, R-Aberdeen, doubled-down on skepticism about the medical community’s attempts to dissuade people from self-medicating with ivermectin.
“It makes me really question the quality and un-biased-ness of our clinical trials,” said Weis, “which, unfortunately, then makes me question our medical profession in general” [Christopher Vondracek, “Despite Opposition from Medical Community, South Dakota Committee Passes ‘Ivermectin Freedom’ Bill,” Mitchell Republic, 2022.02.11].
Ivermectin doesn’t cure covid or stupid.