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Area lawmakers representing Districts one, two and three took part in the first of four cracker Barrels Saturday, sponsored by the Aberdeen Chamber of Commerce.  The lawmakers gave an update as to what they are working on in Pierre and took questions from the audience.

 

HB 1089 seems to have split the Republican caucus in Pierre.  If made law the bill would require South Dakota Governor Kristi Noem to disclose how much her security is costing the state when she travels in and out of state.  Governor Noem has traveled extensively since her profile has been raised due to her handling of the COVID-19 pandemic.  She was one of the leading campaign surrogates on the ground for former President Donald Trump during his re-election bid and a campaigner for the two Republican senate seats in Georgia.

 

Most local Republicans agree transparency is important, but question why this transparency is needed exactly.  District two Rep. Kaleb Weis says it’s important to protect our governor…

 

 

 

 

District 1 Representative Jennifer Keintz, the only elected Democrat at the event, says not one is arguing she doesn’t need protection…

 

 

 

 

 

District 3 Representatives Karl Perry and Drew Dennert are in agreement this is a worthwhile effort to get further cost disclosures.  According to Perry transparency is more than a word…

 

 

 

 

Dennert echoed what Perry said…

 

 

 

 

Finally, district 2 Senator Brock Greenfield said he was open to hearing both sides, but didn’t see the need…

 

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