How Are Your Democratic Legislators Serving You?

Week ending Feb. 25th

“Today, I partnered with Rep. Marc Feinstein to introduce Senate Concurrent Resolution 7, which urges Congress to pass a ban on a toxic chemical in children’s products, including baby bottles. Earlier this week, I voted for a bill that would have made sure that when people are injured in an accident, their expenses are paid before insurance companies get the money, which they use for executive bonuses. Finally, I voted against an immigration bill that, while not as extreme as Arizona-style legislation, still sends a message that South Dakota isn’t a welcoming place for everyone.”
“Rep. Larry Lucas (D-Mission): Working behind the scenes can be very effective in killing bad legislation. Senate Bill 88, the Bill proposed by the Secretary of Stateto make it illegal to have food at campaign rallies any time that same day voting may be going on was killed in the House State Affairs Committee. The issue surfaced last fall after a campaign rallies with traditional feeds were held in Pine Ridge and Crow Creek. Senator Jim Bradford testified in opposition to the Bill and all members of the Committee eventually voted to table the issue.
Rep. Susan Wismer (D-Britton): I co-sponsored and testified in favor of HB 1184, which would have helped accident victims by requiring that their own insurance company stand in line behind the victim in collecting insurance damages. I spoke with USD’s student newspaper “The Volante”, encouraging students to become more active in letting legislators know what effect the cuts to the university system are having on their education.
Rep. Steve Street (D-Revillo): I crafted a bi-partisan solution to ensure the integrity of our local roads by raising license and registrations fees on non-commercial vehicles directing all the proceeds to local government road needs.
Rep. Spencer Hawley (D-Brookings): I championed the benefits of tax increment financing and explained how they have contributed to the development of the Innovation Center in my home community of Brookings.