From the Rapid City Journal:
Rep. Stace Nelson, R-Fulton, left the House State Affairs Committee after exchanging words with Lust, R-Rapid City, during a testy hearing. Nelson repeated accusations from last year that Lust and other Republican leaders had behaved unethically before he and Lust accused each other of lying.
Bill clay was nice to post the audio of the hearing below. To call a witness a liar during the hearing is very very poor form. Then to get into a shouting match before the vote to kill the bill, you both know better.
Nothing new here; these two have been trading words since the story broke about the LRC withholding Representative Nelson?s research last summer.
Then Gordon Howie posted this to the Right Side Blog
Republican Legislators are saying that their leaders have told them to ?kill Nelson?s bills?.
This is not the first time I have heard this rumor. After doing a tad of research, I found this to be true. Every one of Representative Nelson?s bills have been killed, tabled, or delayed.
If I understand this right, regardless of what their constituents say, regardless of the merits of the bill, regardless of anything else, legislators will vote against a bill simply because of who the sponsor is. This is petty party politics. There is no excuse for denying the citizens of South Dakota the very best the legislature has to offer, simply because two or three little boys can?t or won?t behave themselves. (That includes Representative Nelson!)
If rumors hold true, a motion will be made to have disciplinary be committee formed to deal with Representative Nelson misconduct. Keep in mind this is only a rumor, that has not been confirmed.
First, let’s deal with the children that for some reason just can’t play nice. If this was school, I would expect everyone to be dragged in to the principle’s office and parents called. Followed by a trip to the wood shed. (wonder If we can find a wood shed in Pierre?)
Representative Nelson is a man of integrity; he means what says, and says what he means. He is a workhorse, that will not let anything go, once he sets his mind to it. However, keeping this train on track has seemed to be problematic, especially when he going at full steam. He needs to cool his engines a bit.
Representative Lust, is a master of building coalitions working behind the scenes to make things happen. He has learn the fine art of double speak. He has that soft touch that is desirable in elected representatives. He can make things happen without appearing to be doing much of anything. Harnessing the raw power of Representative Nelson seems to overwhelm him.
HB 1142 is what I consider a general house keeping bill. It does nothing more than formalize what was already considered to be LRC (unwritten) policy. The only problem with this bill is whose name is primary sponsor.
The fat lady hasn’t sung her final song, this isn’t over.
I expect a lot more ugly stuff is about to come out.