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Nesiba Nukes NRA Commemoration

In a minor exercise of unusual veto power, Senator Reynold Nesiba (D-15/Sioux Falls) nuked House Commemoration 8001, a bit of useless right-wing clapping for the National Rifle Association and its indoctrination of the youth into America’s deadly gun culture.

Representative Ben Krohmer (R-20/Mitchell) introduced HC 8001 to praise Friends of NRA and specifically his Mitchell chapter of FoNRA for raising lots of money to “support gun safety classes, hunter education courses, and youth shooting sports” and “increase awareness and support of the [obsolete, at best useless, and at worst deadly and destructive] Second Amendment of the United States Constitution.”

Commemorations receive no debate. Usually the presiding officer just puts them on the calendar, and if no one mentions it, the presiding officer simply deems them approved.

But Joint Rules 6H-4 and 6H-6 (I’m linking to the 2023 Joint Rules, since LRC appears not to have posted the 2024 Joint Rules yet) allow for any member of either chamber to object to a commemoration and stop it cold. The rules allow no debate over such an objection; one member says no, and the presiding officer deems the commemoration disapproved.

HC 8001 escaped the House without objection Wednesday morning, but Senator Reynold Nesiba objected yesterday, and President Rhoden had to deem the commemoration disapproved.

This disapproval will surely not deter the Mitchel Friends of NRA from continuing to raise more dark money for the NRA’s dark and self-serving ends.


  1. Ryan 2024-01-12 09:01

    i own guns and i like shooting guns at paper targets. it’s fun.

    i will be the first to admit that the NRA is an organization for and by total loser wannabe tough guys, and the sooner they destroy themselves within from all of their drama and corruption, the better.

    way to go mr. nesiba!

  2. Donald Pay 2024-01-12 09:12

    You might wonder how the commemoration ritual has devolved into these petty political statements. It used to be that if some war hero or a teacher of the year was in Pierre, they would spend a little time introducing the person and offering the commemoration orally before they passed it. The entire body would stand and applaud after hearing the full text of the commemoration. Then the Speaker woudld announce, “And Mrs. Teacher is here today,” and point to the person in the gallery. Mrs. Teacher would stand and bask in the glory of the House’s accolades. Then the person would go over to the Senate gallery and get the same treatment over there.

    It was a nice gesture for people who really deserved some recognition. There might be 5 or 10 of these per 40-day session. Then it evolved, and every two bit town with a centennial celebration and there Mayor had to be recognized. There were a lot of them in the 1980s and 1990s, Then Czech Days, of course, had to be recognized, but then came all sorts of other towns with all their touristy events. And pretty soon the slap on the back to all sorts of events that no one cared about took up a good chunk of the afternoon. After the inflationary stage for slaps on the back got out of hand, they figured out they had to put an end to it,because they didn’t have time to pass bad bills, and so they pretty much axed the whole thing except for printing something in the minutes. Today a commemoration by the Legislature is worth about the same as the toilet tissue you flush after a good, healthy dump.

  3. grudznick 2024-01-12 10:47

    Mr. Pay is righter-than-right on all this nonsense. Then those in the legislatures more ineffective than most took to introducing pastry and nosh law bills because they could not pass any meaningful law bills.

    We all know Mr. Kloucek was the most ineffective of them all, and *grudznick points out the computer screen with a gnarled bony finger* he’s with us here today, so would you all please stand and give him a hand!

  4. Donald Pay 2024-01-12 11:29

    Grudz, I thought Kloucek was a good legislator. He voted the right way about 99% of the time. Unlike the legislators you think are effective, Kloucek didn’t traffic with the elite groups that introduce the legislation that the elite lobbyists write for the elite legislators who you think are “effective.” You are dumb enough to think the elite legislators write those bills, are you? Kloucek introduced legislation that was brought by grassroots citizens, not the powerful lobbyists. And I didn’t mind so much the toilet tissue commendations because they had the benefit of delaying the rotten meat of the legislative day. That’s where the elite get to praise the bill the eilte lobbyists wrote for them as they sought to stick it to the poor kids, the environment and the teachers. Kloucek voted “no” on your bills, Grudz, which is why you hold a grudge.

  5. grudznick 2024-01-12 11:59

    grudznick holds no grudge against Mr. Kloucek, as he was but a postage stamp obstacle on the way to getting-things-done. Always good for a laugh, too, as he mocked his own ineptitudes.

  6. Jeff Barth 2024-01-12 13:38

    There as a suggesti0n that Minnehaha County be declared a sanctuary county for the Second Amendment.
    It went nowhere.

  7. grudznick 2024-01-12 17:08

    What does that mean, Mr. Barth?

  8. larry kurtz 2024-01-12 17:54

    Yeah, Mr. Barth: if a unicorn farts in the bathtub does it make bubbles?

  9. Curt 2024-01-12 19:38

    Not sure what “it means”, but the Pennington County Commission has officially adopted a proclamation of the county as such a “sanctuary”. It’s probably not to be understood according to the definition of ‘sanctuary’ as some holy place, but who knows?
    And for the record, I still have my NRA-issued Hunter Safety card – a prized possession.

  10. Arlo Blundt 2024-01-12 19:57

    I’m glad Nesiba stood up with his heart on his sleeve and shot this superfluous and disingenuous piece of blather down. I took Hunter Education as a kid and support Hunter Education generally for everyone, including Dick Chaney. When I took it , the sponsor was, I believe, the local American Legion. I can’t remember the instructor saying anything about the Second Amendment but he was pretty thorough in describing what a shot gun wound looked like.

  11. Lawrence Novotny 2024-01-14 18:34

    The backstory on killing of HC 8001: Rep Kameron Nelson (D-10, Sioux Falls) introduced HC 8002 celebrating the LGBTQ+ and Two Spirit community in SD The Democrats knew that Nelson’s HC would be killed since it happened the last 2 years. Nesiba figured if the fundie right-wingers are going to kill a sensible commemoration, he will kill 1 of their stupid resolutions. Krohmer retaliated by killing HC 8002. If Krohmer didn’t kill the LGBTQ resolution, someone else (Deutsch?) would have.

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