As one of the primary architects behind Initiated Measure 22, Rick Weiland has seen his measure come under attack by many members of the South Dakota government, including from Gov. Dennis Daugaard and many opponents in the Legislature.
Calling the measure “unconstitutional” and saying that the nearly 52 percent of voters were “hoodwinked” into voting for the measure last November, the Legislature has put forward House Bill 1069 to repeal the measure — termed an anti-corruption one by IM 22 supporters — in its entirety and immediately under the state of emergency clause.
The measure is currently blocked by a temporary court injunction granted last month.
The bill passed the House of Representatives last week 54-13. If the repeal successfully goes through the Senate and Daugaard signs it, the bill’s state of emergency clause would not allow South Dakota voters to refer it at the ballot box nor would the bill be eligible to a court challenge, according to Weiland.
Taking a break from writing a guest column for The New York Times Friday afternoon in Sioux Falls, Weiland spoke extensively with the Public Opinion denouncing HB 1069 and the process behind it.
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