Gilbertson kicks amendment E in the tail on it's way out the door
South Dakota Supreme Court Chief Justice David Gilbertson says voters did the right thing in November when they soundly trounced a measure that had been labeled "jail for judges."Read that all here as Gilbertson sticks it to them one time. Interestingly enough, Bill Stegemeier isn't down for the county just yet. He was commenting on increased petition signature requirements over at the Argus Leader today...
Gilbertson, in a speech today to a joint session of the Legislature, said approval of the measure would have brought "catastrophic results" for the judicial system.
Read that all here. Not surprisingly, I disagree with Amendment E's proponent. I'm one person who disagrees with making it more difficult to get things on the ballot. Because it's making it tougher to initiate a measure - a higher hurdle that they have to cross.
Surprising support, though, comes from Bill Stegmeier of Tea, the prime backer of the judicial accountability amendment that failed on Nov. 7. Stegmeier and others paid for a Nevada company to organize the petition drive - but he's OK with any possible changes.
"South Dakota's probably the easiest state to get something on the ballot," he said. "I wouldn't have a problem with making it more difficult."
If they can get the signatures, so be it. Let the ballot be longer.