It looks like Representative Stace Nelson is in trouble with the house leadership again.
From the Mitchell Daily Republic
House Speaker Val Rausch said Thursday he reassigned Rep. Stace Nelson, R Fulton, to a new seat in the House as punishment, because Nelson verbally abused another House member in the chamber Tuesday afternoon.
Rausch, R-Big Stone City, said he took the action after receiving confirmation from witnesses who saw the altercation.
Representative Nelson acknowledges there was indeed an incident. Reassigning seats is a elementary school punishment. This is not for the legislature of the State of South Dakota. What’s next, copy pages from the dictionary?
As a result of this altercation, there was a rumor started that Representative Nelson might consider resigning. This is false. Representative Nelson stated that no less that seven legislators approached him and requested he not resign.
The gentlemen from Fulton stated House rules does not give the speaker the authority to punish anyone. There is a process for handling misconduct.
The tension was obvious Thursday afternoon in the House chamber. There was little small talk, and several state Highway Patrol officers were highly visible in the halls around the House chamber.
Rausch also had a security shadow.
?Quite frankly, he?s scaring everybody,? Rausch said about Nelson.
What should be the next step?
Should Mr. Nelson resign?
Should the House leadership resign?
Should the House start an disciplinary procedures? Against Mr. Nelson? Against the House leadership?
The next few weeks in Pierre will be interesting to say the least. What ever the problem here is, it needs to be taken care of, it is starting to get in the way of the people’s business.