I hear on SDPB that the Senate Health and Human Services committee deadlocked 3–3 yesterday on several votes on SB 92, the latest chit in the abortion-ban pot promulgated by Reps. Howie, Hunt, and that contrary neighbor of mine, Gerry Lange. The bill was deferred for further committee debate to Wednesday.
Now wait a minute: 3–3? Who was missing?
Why, Democratic Senator Pam Merchant, from up Brookings way.
Pam! Where were you? You could have killed that bad bill yesterday!
The roll call for Monday's committee vote lists your absence as "excused." But we'll have a hard time excusing that absence if it gives the abortion ban fanatics time to roust up one more vote. Get to work, vote SB 92 down (and for Pete's sake, let's get to the budget!).
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