This Senate Concurrent Resolution was filed recently in the legislature in an effort to compel the State Attorney General, Marty Jackley to appoint a special prosecutor. Unfortunately, it’s a waste of money, and a stupid idea.
The AG’s office has been conducting investigations on both of these topics for considerable time, and is already prosecuting both to the extent that law allows.
I’m not quite sure how the legislature butting in and saying we need a special prosecutor a couple years after the fact is anything but grandstanding. Especially in light of the fact that the resolution refers to “failing grades from national groups.” Adding that into the measure makes it seem positively doltish, in that none of those studies refer only to state government, and they’re hopelessly biased and skewed as a result of our small population.
The people who conducted one study spoke at length as to how the backers of Initiated Measure 22 lied about the study, and noted it didn’t apply because South Dakota was an outlier. And let’s not ignore the study that noted South Dakota as one of the least corrupt.
Old news that’s long being handled properly and under the law, as well as discredited studies are no basis to form legislation or charge that the Attorney General isn’t doing the job that taxpayers hired him to do.
The measure is nothing more than grandstanding. And henceforth, a waste of taxpayer’s time and money.