Because "South Dakota" has "south" in it does require our legislature to waste time on redneck, TEA Party nonsense. South Dakota has real issues that don't involve trying to establish dependent fetal tissue as a person qualifying on that basis for medical care whether the mother is a US citizen or an illegal alien.
Nor does the South Dakota legislature need to waste time on amendments to the US Constitution to "balance the budget". That nonsense was shot down this afternoon, but an unfortunately large number of legislators that it a good idea. The logic used in the session was interesting to say the least. The proponents of this legislation support it totally on the basis of fear that the US is headed for economic collapse and all kinds of other fearful consequences. Then same proponents in same speech whine that the federal government passes "unfunded mandates" that should be completely funded of course.
I am in favor of fair pay for legislators, but when they waste an unfortunate amount of time pushing southern redneck nonsense and economic mythology and ALEC self-serving deception, it is hard to see any justification for one red cent of additional pay.
***Stay tuned, at least the weather is promised to improve some. None too soon.-- Doug Wiken