Cities, Counties and School Boards band together to protect elected officials against Amendment E

The No-on-E campaign announced today that dozens of Cities, School Boards, and Counties have all passed amendments urging residents to defeat Amendment E beause of the danger it poses in making those entities liable for persecution, prosecution, and frivolous lawsuits. Just because someone might not like a decision they made:
News Release: South Dakota Local Governments Overwhelmingly Oppose Constitutional Amendment E
Tue, Aug 15th 2006

Local government officials in South Dakota overwhelmingly oppose passage of Constitutional Amendment E. As of Aug. 15 official resolutions opposing Amendment E had been passed by 56 cities, 31 counties and 20 school boards and more are passing resolutions all the time. Currently, not one city council, county commission or school board has come out in favor of the amendment.

“Local government officials in South Dakota are voicing their opposition to the amendment because it endangers far more than just judges,” said No on E spokesperson Dianna Miller. “If this passes, people who serve on school boards, city councils, water boards, parole boards and many others could be sued personally if someone is upset with their decision.”

The 56 cities opposing Amendment E are Alpena, Arlington, Aurora, Big Stone City, Blunt, Bryant, Camp Crook, Canistota, Castlewood, Chancellor, Colton, Dallas, Dell Rapids, DeSmet, Estelline, Faulkton, Flandreau, Fort Pierre, Frederick, Geddes, Hartford, Hazel, Hermosa, Herrick, Howard, Huron, Java, Kennebec, Lake Norden, Lake Preston, Letcher, Marion, Martin, McLaughlin, Menno, Mitchell, Monroe, Montrose, North Sioux City, Onida, Philip, Plankinton, Platte, Raymond, Roscoe, Sisseton, St. Lawrence, Summerset, Tulare, Volga, Wall, Warner, Webster, Westport, White and Woonsocket.

Counties opposing Amendment E are Aurora, Bennett, Brown, Brule, Clark, Codington, Custer, Day, Douglas, Edmunds, Fall River, Faulk, Grant, Gregory, Hand, Hughes, Hyde, Jerauld, Lawrence, Lincoln, Lyman, Meade, Minnehaha, Perkins, Roberts, Stanley, Sully, Turner, Union, Walworth and Ziebach.

The school boards include: Avon, Edgemont, Grant-Deuel, Haakon County, Herreid, Huron, Isabel, Lead-Deadwood, Madison Central, New Underwood, Pollock, Rapid City Area, Redfield, Rosholt, Selby Area, Todd County, Warner, Waverly, White Lake and Winner.
I hope the reasonable citizens of the state get the hint. Amendment E is bad for business. It's bad for your neighbors on boards and commissions, and it's bad for South Dakota.

Actually, I'm not sure, but I think they might have missed a few. Didn't Pierre and Rapid City also pass Anti-Amendment E measures? I thought I remembered something on it. Although, I could be mistaken. There's just so many of them..

If the Amendment E supporters want to whine and cry, here's a challenge for them. I dare you to note ONE city, county or school board who threw their support behind it and said it would be good for South Dakota.

I'm waiting.


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