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Right-Wingers and Democrats Smoke Out Accountability Bill

I guess the Freedom Caucus wants two beatings on House Bill 1001. Last Friday they got the Stace Nelson Memorial Accountability Act killed by sending conservative troublemaker Jordan Mason to testify for it. But this Friday, they teamed up with House Democrats to smoke out HB 1001—i.e., order House State Affairs to send the bill to the House floor for a vote despite the committee’s rejection of the bill. Friday’s 37–32 vote is the first successful smokeout of the 2023 Session.

House members will get to debate this measure to restore the Government Operations and Audit Committee’s unilateral subpoena power on Monday. If the smoker-outers maintain their slim majority, they’ll send HB 1001 to the Senate, where Senate Plenipotentiary Lee Schoenbeck (R-5/Lake Kampeska) will put a stop to this nonsense about reducing his power and allowing members to ask for documents that might hold Republican leaders accountable.


  1. Donald Pay 2023-01-21 09:13

    What is it about the elitist Republican faction that they think they have a right to hide their corruption? I don’t get it. Well, I do get it. The crooks and criminals don’t want their dirty laundry hung out in the sun. I like it when people from opposite sides of the political spectrum work together to make government better.

  2. grudznick 2023-01-21 10:01

    You would never guess that grudznick was once a mugwhump before I came to my common senses.

  3. P. Aitch 2023-01-21 11:51

    Don’t tell grudznichts that people who talk about what they once were have inner conflict with what they are now. Even so, they’ll try to justify and nullify why this isn’t true.

  4. Arlo Blundt 2023-01-21 13:15

    The Party faithful know of the corruption and malfeasance. They just don’t want to talk about it. They like to move forward, onward to continued criminality.

  5. grudznick 2023-01-21 14:54

    Like Mr. H, you mean, Ms. P.h?
    He is a very conflicted fellow deep down inside.

  6. John 2023-01-21 19:53

    Good. At least the far right are good for something (barely). Putting subpoena power and some independence is the correct thing to do for government accountability office.
    We should also consider supporting their call to bar agencies, the governor, and chief justice from introducing bills by proxy legislators. Separation of powers.
    This proposal forces the legislature to STAND UP for the voters, and set aside South Dakota’s near monopolistic executive government. If agencies want to impart rules – they have the administrative rules process. The governor has executive orders. And the chief justice has court orders.
    This abuse of the legislature is not a one-off. The meddlers are using the legislature as proxies for 84 bills, so far this session.

    The legislature should flex its muscle by insisting the senate provide “advice and consent” on all judicial nominees. This is a better role for a legislature than the present mixed legislative and executive judicial qualifications committee. The SD senate should have a full up or down say on judicial nominees.

  7. Jake 2023-01-22 12:20

    John, I agree with you onn how the leg should have an ‘up’ or ‘down’ vote on judicial nominees by the governor. Original election by the people is great and should be, but replacement for vacancies should be approved by the leg……

  8. Stace Nelson 2023-01-23 09:38

    Bravo zulu!

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