You've unwrapped your presents, the ham is about to go under the knife, but don't let the Christmas giving end. Give your legislators the gift that keeps on giving: legislation!
Madville Times readers are full of good ideas (and some stinkers!) about how South Dakota could run better. Let's put those ideas into legislative format! From now until January 1, submit your ideas here in the comment section for laws you would like to see enacted by the 2014 South Dakota Legislature. We'll discuss those proposals here; then I will send the best suggestions to the top Senate and House leadership and my own legislators back home in District 8.
You don't have to submit your bills in full legislative format, though including specifics for our legislators is as thoughtful as including batteries with Christmas toys. You can find examples of bill format in the legislative hopper.
The possibilities for legislation are endless. Yesterday I offered a small proposal to cap the fees the state can charge for open requests. You may want to create a new tax, raise or lower and existing tax, or get rid of your least favorite tax. You may want to consolidate our schools, withdraw from Common Core, or change the school start date. Any policy idea is fair game. Just try to focus your bills on one policy area (because we know how Rep. Stace Nelson feels about omnibus bills).
One important note: The Madville Times is all about practical problem-solving, so we're taking bills only, not resolutions! If you want to repeal the Affordable Care Act, impeach Obama, or end trade with China, you're out of luck. Let's give our legislators practical legislation dealing with South Dakota issues.
So let's have it, committee of the blog! Propose your legislation, hash it out in the comment section, propose amendments, and we'll give our legislators our best ideas. The floor is open!