In less than a week, we got a crash course on how the ballot initiative process works. We will take lessons learned here and use that to get things right, right out of the gate in the future. Thank you for all of your hard work. You stepped outside of your comfort zone. You sacrificed time with your family. You sacrificed your office supplies and your money. For all that you have done I cannot thank you enough!
I would also like to thank Senator Gordon Howie for starting this ballot initiative on our behalf. He has been tirelessly fighting for the SD Health Care Freedom Act. He twice introduced SB 137 this legislative session, the second time requesting a suspension of parliamentary rules. The language on our petition was the same basic language as was on his bill. Our senators voted 2 to 1 (66%) AGAINST IT! It is time we paid very close attention what side our senators are on! [Jason Bjorklund, "As You May Have Heard...," Facebook page for health reform nullification petition drive, 2010.04.07]
Bjorklund sagely provides links to the bill and the vote that gave SB 137 its first killing (for those of you still counting, we're up to three deaths). Let's see: 14 Dems in the Senate, 24 nays... that's 10 Republicans who voted down Howie's Harrumph. Sounds like our secessionist petitioneers have some bipartisan housecleaning to do in November.
Two numbers to consider:
- Number of signatures required to form a new political party in South Dakota: 8388.
- Number of signatures gathered by Howie's Hectors for their failed petition drive: between 8000 and 8400.