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Republican Lawmaker Disgusted With Legislation

February 3, 2014, 5:33 PM by Leland Steva

Republican Lawmaker Disgusted With Legislation
SIOUX FALLS, SD -

South Dakota Legislators head back to Pierre on Tuesday following a public disagreement involving state Republicans over some of this session's bills.

District 14 Representative Anne Hajek says she is not a fan of Senate Bill 128, which would allow businesses to refuse services to same sex couples. And the Republican says that bill isn't the only one sponsored by her party that she doesn't support.

"The media picks up on these bills and people think about moving to South Dakota and they say, 'Oh, crazies are out there," Hajek said.

At Saturday's Legislative Coffee, Hajek spoke openly about the Senate Bill 128, calling the bill quote "scary." She isn't backing off those comments.

"Discrimination is so near and dear to my heart that I am very troubled that anyone would propose that legislation," Hajek said.

Hajek also doesn't like legislation like Senate Bill 148, which ensures parents may raise their children without undue government interference, or House Bill 1066, which would have allowed Government Officials to carry a gun in public buildings had it passed. She says these type of bills slow down lawmakers during their limited time in Pierre.

"I think there is legislation brought with the purpose of having a lot of discussion and having people spent a lot of time on it. It's frivolous, but it will keep us from doing the work we're supposed to be doing," Hajek said.

District 11 Representative Christine Erickson also voted against the lawmaker gun bill, which failed last week. While the Republican might not always agree with her peers, Erickson thinks fondly of her party.

"Even though I am a Republican and I have my core values that mean a lot to me, we all have different opinions and so regardless of if you're an Independent, a Democrat or a Republican, you have your own opinion to form and that's important to stand on your own merits as well," Erickson said.

Hajek is happy with the party overall as well, but she says she doesn't understand how some bills get off the ground.

"I have to try and understand where they are coming from. They are very fervent and they believe these things, which to me is a bit scary," Hajek said.

Both Hajek and Erickson say they are happy with Senate Bill 46, which would make Animal Cruelty a felony in the state, and they both think it will pass into law.

Here are some of the bills that Hajek thinks are unnecessary bills for lawmakers to be discussing in Pierre:

Senate Bill 148

House Bill 1066

House Bill 1177

House Concurrent Resolution 1007

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