Measure To Take Legislative Appointment Power Away From Governor Fails On House Floor

Measure To Take Legislative Appointment Power Away From Governor Fails On House Floor

PIERRE — A House Joint Resolution that would strip the ability to appoint members of the Legislature from the Governor and give it to party central committees in Districts and Counties was killed Tuesday in the South Dakota House of Representatives. Representative Drew Dennert of Aberdeen urged colleagues on the House floor to move the resolution along…

Representative Will Mortenson of Pierre says lawmakers should be careful as the resolution would change the state Constitution…

Representative Charlie Hoffman of Eureka says past Governors have made good choices to fill open legislative spots…

The resolution failed on a 23 to 46 margin with one vote excused. Mortenson and fellow District 24 Representative Mike Weisgram both voted to kill the measure.