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Rep Nelsons hijacked resolution killed by a rule reinterpretation before it could be restored

March 5, 2014

norespectLast week Rep Nelson brought a resolution before the House commending, honoring, and thanking former Congressman Dr. Ron Paul (HCR1027, original version here). As I reported last week, the bill was hijacked by Rep Rounds as a political statement. The hijacked bill passed the floor vote and went on to the Senate. Today the Senate State Affairs committee held its hearing on the hijacked version of HCR1027. Going into the committee meeting today I thought it would be passed on as hijacked; or as a long-shot the committee would hoghouse it back to its original form. But, just like with the hijacking, the bill was in for more political tricks …

The hearing started simple enough. Senator Begalka said he would like the bill to be passed through as-is or with the amendment Rep Nelson would be bringing forth. Both are good resolutions, so he didn’t really take a stand with it. The hijacked resolution is one commemorating all federal Congressmen that have served in DC from South Dakota. Actually it wouldn’t be a bad resolution if it wasn’t created to make a political statement by hijacking the original resolution.

It is worth noting at this point that Rep Rounds choose not to testify on behalf of the bill he hijacked. He had apparently made his political statement on the House floor and chose not to testify on behalf of the bill he helped to shape before the Senate State Affairs committee.

Rep Nelson then came forward with an amendment to restore the resolution back to its original text commemorating Dr Ron Paul. Nelson mentioned constituents wanted this to be done as a commemoration. The LRC had told Nelson this could not be done as a commemoration but should be done as a concurrent resolution, and that is how the LRC drafted it.

This is where I expected the committee would vote down the amendment and keep the bill hijacked. But no, that isn’t what happened.

Senator Brown (one of the members of the Senate State Affairs committee) came prepared with his own political trickery to completely kill the bill. Sen Brown said the rules would not allow either version of the bill. This is per Joint Rule 6A-1(2):

6A-1. Legislative documents. Only bills and the following may be introduced in the Legislature:

(2) A concurrent resolution, which shall express opinions and principles of the Legislature not having the force of law. A concurrent resolution may be used to authorize interim studies, joint rules, sessions or committees, to memorialize or instruct a department of state government, or to petition federal agencies;

According to Sen Brown 6A-1(2) does not permit either version of the bill to be passed as a concurrent resolution. Instead it should have been done as a legislative commemoration per 6A-1(5):

(5) A legislative commemoration, which shall express recognition of service or achievements of national or statewide importance or express sorrow over death or loss.

Ironically this is what Rep Nelson originally wanted. Also noteworthy is the fact that concurrent resolutions have been used often in the past in this exact manner, yet it was not an issue any of those times. It is only this time with Nelson trying to restore his hijacked resolution that it became an issue.

Here are a three past examples of concurrent resolutions that have been used to commemorate individuals.

2013 Session, HCR1010Purpose: Recognizing the achievements of President Gerald Ford.
Does this mean we didn’t honor Ford? I hope so, this was a bad resolution.

2009 Session, HCR 1002Purpose: To honor and congratulate Barack Obama, the forty-fourth President of the United States of America.
Does this mean South Dakota didn’t unanimously honor President Obama?

2005 Session, HCR1003: Purpose: Expressing the gratitude of South Dakota to Thomas A. Daschle for his distinguished service to state and nation.
He also happens to be in the hijacked version of the Nelson resolution.

I brought the three above resolutions up for a few reasons. First, they all happen to be about people whose politics I disagree with. But even if I disagree with their politics it doesn’t mean I think the resolutions are bad. No matter what I say about the above people politically it doesn’t change the fact they have done some commendable things and are worthy of being recognized.

The second reason I brought up the above list is because two of them did NOT serve on behalf of South Dakota. That was a big reason put forth by opponents of the resolution honoring Dr Ron Paul. Apparently it is OK to honor out-of-state politicians only if they live in the White House?

A third reason I bring up the above list is because all of the Senate State Affairs committee members present in today’s testimony that were around for the above bills voted Aye to each of them. In fact Senator Brown was a co-sponsor of the resolution honoring President Obama; and it was him bringing forth this new interpretation of Rule 6A-1 today.

To me it looks like the Senate State Affairs committee decided to join Rep Rounds in the political attack against Rep Nelsons resolution honoring Dr Ron Paul. Another coincidence to consider is that the Senate State Affairs committee happens to be chaired by Senator Rhoden; who also happens to be in the US Senate race. Now I don’t think Rhoden is playing political games like Rep Rounds was, but Rhoden sure seemed to jump at the chance to table the bill. And yes, the bill was tabled by the Senate State Affairs committee unanimously.

PS. One last point to make. After killing this resolution the Senate State Affairs committee passed SCR6:
Purpose: Expressing the Legislature’s support for citizens and communities in eastern South Dakota impacted by severe high water conditions over the last two decades.
It is quite obvious it falls under the same realm of commemoration as Nelson’s bill… Yet that one passed with no problems…

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