Last updated on 2013.04.14
In good news, Pat Powers reports the misogynist Rep. Jon Hansen (R-25/Dell Rapids) will quit the job District 25 elected him to do and enroll in law school this fall. (Governor Dennis Daugaard's logical choice for a replacement: District 25 third-place vote-getter Bill Laird, right?)
Powers wonders if Hansen was enticed away from Pierre to pursue a mostly useless degree by Senate Bill 218, the rural lawyer recruitment bill that failed to pass the Senate this year. The Legislature passed a Northern Exposure tuition reimbursement for four new lawyers a year in House Bill 1096. But I think we have laws that prevent legislators from benefiting financially from laws they've recently voted for... or at least we ought to!
It is more likely that Hansen was enticed by New Jersey lawyer Harold Cassidy, who brought his out-of-state lobbying to South Dakota in support of Rep. Hansen's insulting extension of South Dakota's authority to force women seeking abortions to submit to lies and propaganda before exercising their constitutional rights. You mean I could make money oppressing women all over the country instead of just my South Dakota neighbors? Rep. Hansen likely thought. Sign me up!
Ladies, you did a fine job of protesting Hansen's misogyny this session on his Facebook page. Now keep an eye out for him on a law school campus near you... and feel free to walk up to him and offer him your warmest welcome... and an encouragement to study his constitutional law really, really hard.