HB 1069 Protest Takes To The Sky Over Pierre


A small single engine aircraft is circling the State Capitol with a message for South Dakota lawmakers:  “Shame on you!  Respect our vote!”

The plane is the first sign of a planned protest scheduled for Wednesday afternoon as lawmakers consider the repeal of IM 22, a controversial anti-corruption and campaign finance initiative.

House Bill 1069, which was approved earlier by the House, would overturn the voter-approved ethics law.  This bill has an emergency clause attached to it, which means the clause will allow the bill to take effect immediately. It also means voters could not repeal it.

The tow plane began its low and slow flight circling in the skies above Pierre shortly before 11:30 a.m. CST.  

The aircraft is a familiar sight in Pierre.  The same plane towed banners supporting the election of Dist.24 State Senator Jeff Monroe (R-24) and several other political causes in recent years.

KELOLAND’s Leland Steva is in Pierre and will be following this story all day.
Stay with KELOLAND News on-air and online as lawmakers debate the bill in the full Senate.

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