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District Three Representative, Republican Drew Dennert, has responded to criticisms levied against him by some of his constituents on his no vote for SB 191.  He along with Republican District 2 Representative Kaleb Weis has faced backlash.

 

SB 191 would have provided emergency authority to counties, community improvement districts, and municipalities in the event of a public health crisis to declare an emergency.  This was in response to some communities looking to take action to stop the spread of COVID-19. 

 

Councilman David Bunsness called out the two representatives by name at a special city council meeting Wednesday…

 

 

 

 

A full page colord ad was taken out to criticize the two members of the legislature in Friday's edition of the Aberdeen American News.  The ad was purchased by the Heartland Casino. 

 

 

 

Representative Drew Dennert says he stands by his vote and defended his decision…

 

 

 

 

Representative Weis did not respond to requests for comment.

 

A big crux of this situation is that by law, in order for cities to pass ordinances they must receive two readings and must have five days in between said readings.  That leaves city government’s without the ability to make quick changes to shut down businesses and react to COVID-19.

 

Dennert says there are some misconceptions as to if the bill that failed would have taken those regulations away…

 

 

 

 

Dennert also said he wished he would have received more feedback from his constituents before his vote, rather than just after…

 

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