The Legislature needs a lawyer. According to Legislative Executive Board chairman Senator Lee Schoenbeck, the E-Board’s second pick for the job of Legislative Research Council code counsel, Michael Loesevitz, would rather stay in Grand Forks than move back to Pierre:
The board chose Aaron Scheibe of Pierre on May 16. But Scheibe, a former chief of staff for Governor Kristi Noem, turned down the job the next day, according to [Schoenbeck. The board met again on May 18 and chose Michael Loesevitz, a former LRC attorney, and agreed to offer a $115,000 salary.
But Loesevitz later decided against moving back to Pierre, according to Schoenbeck. The LRC has now re-opened the search process.
Schoenbeck said word of the continuing vacancy has been spread to the courts and was made known to the general legal community during the South Dakota State Bar Association convention earlier this month [Bob Mercer, “Search Re-Opens to Fill S.D. Code Counsel Vacancy,” KELO-TV, 2022.06.28].
Golly, didn’t you guys tell Loesevitz that, unlike North Dakota, South Dakota has no income tax? But, oh, yeah—Loesevitz is a senior tax manager at Brady Martz; he probably already knows about the relative tax advantages of life in each Dakota.
No code counsel, no Attorney General—jeepers! Maybe Lee Schoenbeck ought to resign from the Senate and take one of those jobs.