The right-wing mugwumps in Pierre are taking another swipe at Governor Kristi Noem. House Bill 1130, filed yesterday by Freedom Caucus leader Representative Aaron Aylward (R-6/Harrisburg), recycles Aylward’s failed 2021 proposal to prevent the deployment of National Guard troops out of state unless Congress declares war or otherwise explicitly calls them up, per Article 1 Section 18 Clause 15 of the U.S. Constitution, “to execute the Laws of the Union, suppress Insurrections and repel Invasions“.
Under HB 1130, Governor Noem could still send the National Guard to haul firewood from the Black Hills to snowed-in South Dakota Indian reservations, but she absolutely could not send them to answer another governor’s falsely pretensed call to stage costly photo opportunities and play flashlight tag with immigrants at the U.S./Mexico border.
Such restriction of the Governor’s abuse of the Guards for political posturing is a fine idea. But if the Freedom Caucus is pushing the idea, it doesn’t stand a chance. Aylward’s effort to keep the Guards home met swift death in 2021 in committee upon blood-boiling testimony from South Dakota National Guard Adjutant General Jeffrey P. Marlette. Like most impractical grandstanding from Aylward and his Fraucus, this year’s HB 1130 will likely meet a similar fate.