In mostly fluffy opening comments at Saturday's Aberdeen crackerbarrel, Rep. Al Novstrup (R-3/Aberdeen) took issue with Thursday's Aberdeen American News editorial, which declared that the South Dakota Legislature wastes time and money with some bills.
Well, at least he acknowledges that Senator Brock Greenfield (R-2/Clark) has some bad ideas
Rep. Novstrup makes it sound like his local paper is telling him he shouldn't listen to certain bills in committee. Rep. Novstrup needs to work on his reading comprehension. The Aberdeen editors say Rep. Novstrup and his colleagues shouldn't file such time-wasters in the first place. Among the time-wasters, the editors identify numerous pieces of legislation sponsored by Novstrup and his local colleagues. Those with Novstrup's name on them include the following:
- HJR 1001, calling for a Constitutional Convention to write a balanced budget amendment. The Aberdeen editors call a convention "a waste of time and energy."
- HCR 1004, asking for the Supreme Court to revisit Roe v. Wade, which the editors say is unlikely to happen, especially not at the request of a Legislature with no power over the court.
- HB 1094, the Legislature's effort to unravel the cost-of-living adjustment voters included in last year's successful minimum-wage initiated measure. The editors say this bill "could be considered insulting by voters."
Don't be fooled by Rep. Novstrup's rhetoric about putting in extra hours to do the people's business. A lot of the extra hours he spends in Pierre come because he files bills and resolutions that do his party's business, not the people's business. We wouldn't have to drag out those committee hearings (and limit debate on important bills) if Rep. Novstrup and others didn't clutter the agenda with their partisan time-wasters.