Category Archives: Executive Branch

Video: Trevor Loudon speaking in Aberdeen

Trevor Loudon speaking in Aberdeen

On Thursday, May 25, 2017, Trevor Loudon gave a presentation at the Dakota Event Center in Aberdeen, SD. Loudon is the author of “The Enemies Within” and produced a documentary with the same name. Loudon is from New Zealand and is traveling the US talking about the communist/socialist agenda for America. This event was sponsored by Americans First, Task Force of Aberdeen, SD.

I have split the video into two parts. The first part is Loudon’s main presentation. The second video is the question and answer session. I have also included a playlist which contains both videos.

Here is the first video. It is just under an hour long.

Here is the second video. It is just over a half-hour in length.

Finally, here is a playlist which contains both videos.

A farmers market tourism tax? Should state agencies have to hold a hearing before reinterpreting rules?

Farmers Market

The Argus Leader has an interesting story about the SD Department of Revenue (DOR) forcing a farmers market in Sioux Falls to collect an additional 1.5% tourism sales tax on the goods sold. There apparently has been a battle between the farmers market and the DOR over whether the farmers market should be subject to the tax. Here is what the article says about the DOR’s stance:

The state says because the market is held at Falls Park, a major tourist destination for the city of Sioux Falls, it is subject to the state’s tourism tax and could be subject to three-year’s worth of back taxes.

To keep the vendors from having to owe three years of back taxes a deal was worked out “allowing” vendors to collect the extra tax going forward. Doing so the DOR said the state agency will not go after the back taxes they say are due to the state. The article goes on to state the vendors are not happy about the agreement, but they will do so in order to keep operating; especially since the DOR could find a way to impose the tourism tax if they moved to a new location.

The reasoning behind the DOR’s move is that the farmers market is held in Falls Park, which is a tourism destination for Sioux Falls. As such sales made at the park are subject to the tourism tax. But the farmers market is not a tourism draw, and according to the vendors few sales are actually made to non-residents.

As I read the DOR’s publication on the tourism tax I see Falls Park likely falls under the “Visitor Attraction” purpose of the tourism tax. So, since the farmers market is being held on a site that could be classified as a visitors attraction, the DOR wants to treat the farmers market as subject to the tourism tax. Previously the farmers market has not been subject to the tourism tax. It is only now, after the Daugaard administration is looking for more revenue sources due to declining sales tax income for the state, that the DOR seems to be finding new areas to collect taxes.

Personally I believe this use of tourism tax goes against the intent of the law. Using the same reasoning as the DOR I could see many other farmers markets in the state being forced to pay the tourism tax. For instance, here in Aberdeen the farmers market is held at Central Park. This park also occasionally hosts special events such as concerts, which are subject to the tourism tax. Is the DOR now going to go after the vendors at the farmers market in Aberdeen and tell them they must pay three years worth of back taxes? By their reasoning with Falls Park I could see the DOR making the same case for Central Park.

But to me the more important question is whether the DOR should be allowed to reinterpret current laws and regulations without a public hearing. Currently state agencies must go through a public rules review process anytime they create a new regulation or change and existing regulation. Yet there is no process in place for when state agencies decided to reinterpret current laws and regulations. In fact state agencies don’t even have to notify the public. State agencies can simply mail threatening letters to people they believe are breaking their new reinterpretation of the law; as they did in this case.

Perhaps it is time for the legislature to change the rules review process. A legislator could bring forth a bill in the 2018 session requiring state agencies to follow the same rules review process for reinterpretations of rules that must be followed for rule additions or changes. This would ensure the public is able to get their say on the new reinterpretation of rules and the legislative rules review committee can possibly stop rule reinterpretations before they are implemented.  In this case the DOR will simply try to state they are not reinterpreting a law or regulation, but they are instead enforcing a law that had not been previously enforced. But I would contend that would fall within the definition of a rule reinterpretation. Making state agencies answer to the public about reinterpretations in rules would at least add some transparency and accountability to those same state agencies.

PS. It will be interesting to see if the SDDP decry’s the DOR’s move to add more tax to food. The SDDP legislators in Pierre have tried many times to repeal any sales tax on food; and here we have the DOR trying to add a 1.5% sales tax on healthy food.

SD Executive Appointments listed in the Sept 26 register

22513590The September 26 South Dakota LRC Register includes a few executive appointments and reappointment made by South Dakota Governor Dennis Daugaard in mid-September. There are also a few corrections listed for appointments made previously. Here are the new appointments and any additional information I find interesting about these appointments

Executive Appointments

Brian Gustafson, Pierre, was appointed on September 19, 2016, to the South Dakota Board on Geographic Names, to replace Bill Markley, effective immediately.

This position on the board is on behalf of the SD Department of Environment & Natural Resources (DENR). Gustafson is listed as a Engineer Manager III  in the Air Quality division of DENR.

Dr. Scott Schirber, Rapid City, was appointed on September 19, 2016, to the State Board of Examiners in Optometry, to replace Dr. Joseph Hartford, effective immediately and shall continue until June 30, 2019.

Schirber fills a Prescribing Optometrist position on the board.

Executive Reappointments

Michael L. Harstad, Crooks, was reappointed on September 15, 2016, to the Fire Marshal’s Advisory Board, effective immediately and shall continue until April 12, 2020.

Harstad fills a position on behalf of the Fire equipment industry. Harstad as a Aerial Products Manager for Rosenbauer America.  He is also the Fire Chief for the  Crooks Volunteer Fire Department.

Corrections Filed

These three were shown as corrected in the Sept 26 register. All three of these appointments are for the Board of Social Work Examiners and I noted their appointments back in August. The ending date for terms were originally misreported. I have updated my original post to reflect these changes.

Dr. Vicki Isler, Sioux Falls, was appointed on August 5, 2016, to the Board of Social Work Examiners, effective immediately and shall continue until June 30, 2019 October 30, 2018.

Dr. Pamela Osnes, Burke, was appointed on August 5, 2016, to the Board of Social Work Examiners, effective immediately and shall continue until June October 30, 2019.

Lisa Stanley, Pierre, was appointed on August 5, 2016, to the Board of Social Work Examiners, effective immediately and shall continue until June 30, 2019 October 30, 2017.

SD Executive Appointments listed in Sept 6 and Sept 12 registers, appointments to the School Finance Accountability Board

21786041September had a good number of executive appointments and reappointment made by South Dakota Governor Dennis Daugaard. The September 6 and September 12 South Dakota LRC Registers list the appointments made in the latter part of August. One interesting thing to note with this round of executive appointments is filling the new School Finance Accountability Board; I will look briefly at that board in this post.

Below I will look briefly at the new School Finance Accountability Board. Then I have provided a list of the executive appointments and executive reappointments. If I find anything interesting about any of these appointments I’ve included that information.

School Finance Accountability Board

This is a new board created during the 2016 legislative session. Specifically the policy bill SB 131 (SoDakLiberty Posts) which accompanied the Governor’s sales tax increase is where the authority for this new School Finance Accountability Board comes from.

Here is how the board is described on the Board and Commissions website:

The board will review appeals from school districts who, due to special circumstances, fail to comply with the provisions for increases in teacher compensation set forth in SDCL 13-13-73.6 and for general fund cash balance caps set forth in 13-13-73.5. Additionally, the School Finance Accountability Board shall promulgate rules, pursuant to chapter 1-26, to establish the appeals process provided for in SDCL 13-13-73.6, and to establish the factors that may be taken into account when considering a waiver requested by a school district in meeting the provisions for increases in teacher compensation , which shall include the impact of retirements.

The board already met on September 9. Looking at the minutes it appears the meeting was mostly about electing the president/vp and figuring out what their job was.

Governor Daugaard made the five appointments to this board, which appear later in this post.

Executive Appointments

Jason Dilges, Pierre, was appointed on August 24, 2016, to the School Finance Accountability Board, effective immediately and shall continue until June 30, 2020.

Dilges is the Commissioner of the State’s Bureau of Finance and Management.

Jarod Larson, Brandon, was appointed on August 24, 2016, to the School Finance Accountability Board, effective immediately and shall continue until June 30, 2020

Larson is the superintendent of the Brandon school district.

Mike Lodmel, Colton, was appointed on August 24, 2016, to the School Finance Accountability Board, effective immediately and shall continue until June 30, 2020.

Lodmel is the superintendent of the Tri-Valley school district.

Susan Proefrock, Belle Fourche, was appointed on August 24, 2016, to the School Finance Accountability Board, effective immediately and shall continue until June 30, 2020.

Proefrock is the business manager for Belle Fourche school district.

Eric Stoeder, Glenham, was appointed on August 24, 2016, to the School Finance Accountability Board, effective immediately and shall continue until June 30, 2020.

Stoeder is a Mobridge school board member.

Carla J. Borchardt, Sioux Falls, was appointed on August 25, 2016, to the South Dakota Board of Nursing, to fill a new position, effective immediately and shall continue until October 30, 2016.

Borchardt fills an RN position on the board.

Scott A. Duke, Sioux Falls, was appointed on August 26, 2016, to the South Dakota Public Safety Communications Council, to replace Rebekah Cradduck, effective immediately and shall continue until June 30, 2019.

Duke is the President of the South Dakota Association of Healthcare Organizations

David Goodwin, Black Hawk, was appointed on August 26, 2016, to the South Dakota Public Safety Communications Council, to replace Dalton Myers, effective immediately and shall continue until June 30, 2019.

Goodwin holds a position on the board on behalf of the South Dakota National Guard.

David Kull, Brandon, was appointed on August 26, 2016, to the South Dakota Public Safety Communications Council, to replace Brandon Semmler, effective immediately and shall continue until June 30, 2019.

Kull fills a position on behalf of the South Dakota Police Chief’s Association.

Dr. Mike Rush, Pierre, was appointed on August 26, 2016, to the Research and Commercialization Council, to replace Dr. Jack Warner, effective immediately.

Rush fills the position as the Executive Director, SD Board of Regents.

Scott Stern, Pierre, was appointed on August 26, 2016, to the Research and Commercialization Council, to replace Pat Costello, effective immediately

Stern is on the board as the newly anointed  Commissioner of the Governor’s Office of Economic Development

Jeffory Erickson, Sioux Falls, was appointed on August 31, 2016, to the South Dakota Economic Development Finance Authority Board of Directors, to replace Stephen Jones, effective immediately and shall continue until June 30, 2020.

Don Kettering, Yankton, was appointed on August 31, 2016, to the South Dakota Economic Development Finance Authority Board of Directors, to replace Mike Kellar, effective immediately and shall continue until June 30, 2017.

Executive Reappointments

David Ackerman, Leola, was reappointed on August 25, 2016, to the South Dakota Public Safety Communications Council, effective immediately and shall continue until June 30, 2019.

Ackerman represents the South Dakota Sheriff’s Association on the board.

J. D. Geigle, Spearfish, was reappointed on August 25, 2016, to the South Dakota Public Safety Communications Council, effective immediately and shall continue until June 30, 2019

Geigle represents the South Dakota Emergency Medical Technician’s Association on the board.

Dennis Gorton, Rapid City, was reappointed on August 25, 2016, to the South Dakota Public Safety Communications Council, effective immediately and shall continue until June 30, 2019.

Gorton represents the South Dakota Fire Fighters Association on the board.

Harold Timmerman, Canton, was reappointed on August 25, 2016, to the South Dakota Public Safety Communications Council, effective immediately and shall continue until June 30, 2019.

Timmerman represents the South Dakota Emergency Managers Association on the board.

Matt A. Tooley, Sioux Falls, was reappointed on August 25, 2016, to the South Dakota Public Safety Communications Council, effective immediately and shall continue until June 30, 2019.

Tooley represents the South Dakota APCO/NENA Chapter on the board.

Bob Wilcox, Pierre, was reappointed on August 25, 2016, to the South Dakota Public Safety Communications Council, effective immediately and shall continue until June 30, 2019

Wilcox represents the South Dakota Association of County Commissioners on the board.

Larry Jandreau, Lower Brule, was reappointed on August 25, 2016, to the South Dakota Public Safety Communications Council, effective immediately and shall continue until June 30, 2019.

Jandreau is the Tribal Government Representative on the board.

Bradford J. Wheeler, Lemmon, was reappointed on August 25, 2016, to the Research and Commercialization Council, effective immediately and shall continue until June 30, 2018.

Wheeler fills a Member at Large position on the board.

Terry G. Nelson, Black Hawk, was reappointed on August 31, 2016, to the South Dakota Economic Development Finance Authority Board of Directors, effective immediately and shall continue until June 30, 2020.

Vernon Brown, Sioux Falls, was reappointed on August 29, 2016, to the South Dakota 911 Coordination Board, effective immediately and shall continue until June 30, 2019.

More Executive Appointments listed in the Aug 8 SD Register

32264243The first week of August saw quite a few executive appointments from South Dakota Governor Dennis Daugaard. The August 8, 2016, South Dakota LRC Register lists a number of executive appointments and reappointments made by the Governor. A lot of these are for the Board of Service to the Blind and Visually Impaired. But there are two big ones in this list for Governor’s Cabinet level positions: the Secretary of the Department of Agriculture and the Commissioner of the Governor’s Office of Economic Development.

Below is a list of the executive appointments and executive reappointments. If I find anything interesting about any of these appointments I’ve included that information.

Executive Appointments

Mike Jaspers, Sioux Falls, was appointed on
August 3, 2016, to the position of Secretary of
the Department of Agriculture, effective
July 5, 2016, and shall continue at the pleasure
of the Governor.

The Governor actually announced Jaspers as the new Department of Ag head a month earlier. His name may seem familiar to people who follow the legislature. Here is part of the press release sent about this appointment:

In addition to operating his farm and holding management positions in several agricultural businesses, Jaspers served in the South Dakota State Legislature from 1997-2005. In 2007, President George W. Bush appointed him state director of USDA-Rural Development, where he served until June 2008.

Jaspers also happens to be the brother-in-law of the previous Ag Secretary Lucas Lenstch. Dr. Dustin Oedekoven, the States Veterinarian, served as the interim Secretary until the Governor appointed Jaspers.

Scott Stern, Chandler, Arizona, was appointed on August 3, 2016, to the position of Commissioner of the Governor’s Office of Economic Development, effective September 1, 2016, and shall continue at the pleasure of the Governor.

Stern is another one that was announced last month, but the actual appointment didn’t happen until this month. Here is a part of Stern’s resume from the Governors press release:

Stern is a Freeman native and a graduate of the University of South Dakota. For 29 years, Stern worked with Stern Oil Company of Freeman, including 14 years as vice president and general manager. For the past four years, Stern has worked a district sales manager for Petro-Canada America, a division of Suncor Energy.

Stern’s ties to the oil industry already has opponents of pipelines wondering about his appointment. I guess when Stern takes over in September it will be seen how big issues such as the Keystone XL pipeline play out in GOED. Stern replaces Pat Costello as the GOED Commissioner.

Barb Abeln, Redfield, was appointed on August 1, 2016, to the Planning Council on Developmental Disabilities, to replace Jan Banghart, effective immediately.

Abeln takes a position on the board as the Director of the South Dakota Developmental Center (SDDC) in Redfield. Banghart had stepped down earlier this year after reports of staffing issues came out. Abeln stepped in as the interim Director and has now been appointed by the Governor to fill the position.

Tana Buresch, Sioux Falls, was appointed on August 1, 2016, to the Board of Service to the Blind and Visually Impaired, to replace Teresa Nold, effective immediately and shall continue until June 30, 2019.

Nold held a position of “Representative of Parent Training and Information” on the board and presumably Buresh fills the same role.

Sarah Carlson, Canton, was appointed on August 1, 2016, to the Family Support Council, to replace Kim Benning, effective immediately and shall continue until June 30, 2019.

Benning filled the position of “Family Member under 21” on the board and presumably Carlson fills the same role.

Roberta Ecoffey, Pine Ridge, was appointed on August 1, 2016, to the Board of Service to the Blind and Visually Impaired, to replace Lyle Cook, effective immediately and shall continue until June 30, 2018.

Cook held the position of “Representative of American Indian Vocational” on the board and presumably Ecoffey fills the same role.

Cheri Knispel, Rapid City, was appointed on August 1, 2016, to the Board of Service to the Blind and Visually Impaired, to replace Kenneth Rollman, effective immediately and shall continue until June 30, 2019.

Rollman apparently filled two roles on the board: “Former Recipient of VR Services, Representative of a Disability Advocacy Group”. 

Cole Uecker, Pierre, was appointed on August 1, 2016, to the Board of Service to the Blind and Visually Impaired, to replace Tim Neyhart, effective immediately and shall continue until June 30, 2017.

Neyhart filled a “Representative of Client Assistant Program” position on the board.

Executive Reappointments

Patrick Czerny, Piedmont, was reappointed on August 1, 2016, to the Board of Service to the Blind and Visually Impaired, effective immediately and shall continue until June 30, 2019

Czerny holds a position of “Representative of a Community Rehabilitation Program” on the board.

Lynda I. O’Connor-Ohayon, Sioux Falls, was reappointed on August 1, 2016, to the Board of Service to the Blind and Visually Impaired, effective immediately and shall continue until June 30, 2019.

O’Connor-Ohayon fills the role of “Former Recipient of VR Services, Business and Industry” on the board.

Lynne Rick, Yankton, was reappointed on August 1, 2016, to the Family Support Council, effective immediately and shall continue until June 30, 2019.

Rick fills the position of “Family Member over 21” on the board.

Governor Daugaard signed Executive Order declaring state of emergency due to drought conditions

As I was looking at the July 18, 2016, South Dakota LRC Register I couldn’t help but notice an Executive Order from Governor Dennis Daugaard listed. The executive order is to declare a state of emergency due to drought conditions in western South Dakota. This is technically the fourth Executive Order of 2016. All of the Governors executive orders can be viewed on the Secretary of State website (you can filter by year, which makes it much easier).

Here is a copy of the executive order (click to make bigger):

SD Drought Executive Order. Downloaded from SD SOS website.
SD Drought Executive Order. Downloaded from SD SOS website.

This executive order will allow the Emergency Management portions of the Department of Public Safety (DPS) to use government resources to help those impacted by the drought. In particular this is aimed at the farmers and ranchers that are impacted by the drought conditions.

Emergency Management’s twitter feed points to the United States Drought Monitor as a resource to see current drought conditions. Here is a screenshot of the current conditions as of July 19, 2016, on the US Drought Monitor website:

Screenshot of SD Drought Monitor conditions on July 19 from the US Drought Monitor website.
Screenshot of SD Drought Monitor conditions on July 19 from the US Drought Monitor website.

The red is considered a D3 intensity drought, which the site lists as Extreme Drought.

Emergency Management doesn’t really provide any information about this particular emergency. I would think EM would provide more information to the public about a situation they feel rises to the level of a state emergency.

The SD Department of Agriculture points to the The Great Plains Interagency Dispatch website to see current fire dangers. Here is the current fire danger for Saturday July 23, 2016:

Current Fire Danger listed for July 23, 2016, on the gacc.nifc.gov website.
Current Fire Danger listed for July 23, 2016, on the gacc.nifc.gov website.

It isn’t looking very good for some west river counties!

Just as with DPS, I would have though the SD Department of Agriculture would have more information about this actual emergency. Perhaps these state agencies can learn to disseminate information more timely for state emergencies.

PS. Anyone watching this situation may also want to keep the FEMA Disaster Declarations for South Dakota website bookmarked. If this raises to the level of a federal emergency it will be listed there.

25 Executive Appointments and Reappointments listed in the July 18 SD Register

SD State Capital. Photo by Ken Santema 1/27/16.
SD State Capital. Photo by Ken Santema 1/27/16.

July has been a busy month for South Dakota Governor Dennis Daugaard in regards to executive appointments. The July 18, 2016, South Dakota LRC Register lists 25 executive appointments and reappointments made by the Governor.

Below is a list of the four executive appointments and twenty-one executive reappointments. If I find anything interesting about any of these appointments I’ve included that information.

Executive Appointments

Doug Balvin, Huron, was appointed on June 30, 2016, to the State Banking Commission, to replace Paul Christen, effective immediately and shall continue until October 30, 2018.

Balvin holds the Public Member slot on the board. Christen was appointed to this board last October. Bavin will hold the position until October 30, 2018; which was the same term end date as Christen had.

Linda Anderson, Rapid City, was appointed on July 10, 2016, to the State Arts Council, to replace Donald Montileaux, effective immediately and shall continue until June 30, 2019.

Montileaux held the Visual Arts position on the board.  Anderson held a position on this board before.

Steve Willard, Belle Fourche, was appointed on July 10, 2016, to the Critical Teaching Needs Scholarship Board, to replace Timothy Mitchell, effective immediately and shall continue until June 30, 2017.

Willard fills a Superintendent position on the board.

Mike Wordeman, Rapid City, was appointed on July 10, 2016, to the South Dakota Commission on Gaming, to replace Ralph Kemnitz, effective immediately and shall continue until April 14, 2019.

Executive Reappointments

Paul R. Batcheller, Sioux Falls, was reappointed on July 10, 2016, to the Research and Commercialization Council, effective immediately and shall continue until June 30, 2018.

Batcheller fills a Member at Large position on the board.

Barbara L. Christianson, Rapid City, was reappointed on July 10, 2016, to the Civil Service Commission, effective immediately and shall continue until June 30, 2020.

Peggy L. Dixon, Rapid City, was reappointed on July 10, 2016, to the Water Management Board, effective immediately and shall continue until June 30, 2020.

Dixon fills a Domestic position on the board.

Rodney Freeman, Jr., Huron, was reappointed on July 10, 2016, to the Water Management Board, effective immediately and shall continue until June 30, 2020

Freeman fills an Industrial position on the board.

Robert E. Grandpre, Pierre, was reappointed on July 10, 2016, to the Civil Service Commission, effective immediately and shall continue until June 30, 2020.

Grandpre fills a position on the board that requires Law Enforcement Experience.

Judith D. Greff, Huron, was reappointed on July 10, 2016, to the Civil Service Commission, effective immediately and shall continue until June 30, 2020.

Rexford A. Hagg, Rapid City, was reappointed on July 10, 2016, to the Board of Minerals and Environment, effective immediately and shall continue until June 30, 2020.

Hagg is the chair of this board.

James O. Hansen, Pierre, was reappointed on July 10, 2016, to the Western Interstate Commission for Higher Education, effective immediately and shall continue until June 30, 2020.

Hansen fills one of three commission spots on the WICHE board. In 2014 the Board of Regents was able to get HB 1019 (SoDakLiberty Posts) passed so it could enter into agreements with WICHE.

Theodore H. Hustead, Wall, was reappointed on July 10, 2016, to the Board of Tourism, effective immediately and shall continue until June 30, 2020.

Hustead fills the Black Hills region on the board. Hustead is also a member of the Board of Economic Development, which the SD Senate had to confirm earlier this year.

James Hutmacher, Oacoma, was reappointed on July 10, 2016, to the Water Management Board, effective immediately and shall continue until June 30, 2020.

Hutmacher fills a Licensed Well Driller position on the board.

Doyle R. Karpen, Jefferson, was reappointed on July 10, 2016, to the Board of Minerals and Environment, effective immediately and shall continue until June 30, 2020.

Deanna B. Lien, Rapid City, was reappointed on July 10, to the State Arts Council, effective immediately and shall continue until June 30, 2019.

Lien fills a Lay Person position on the board.

David Link, Sioux Falls, was reappointed on July 10, 2016, to the Research and Commercialization Council, effective immediately and shall continue until June 30, 2018.

Richard Little, Spearfish, was reappointed on July 10, 2016, to the South Dakota Athletic Commission, effective immediately and shall continue until June 30, 2019.

Valentina R. Merdanian, Oglala, was reappointed on July 10, 2016, to the HagenHarvey Memorial Scholarship Board, effective immediately and shall continue until June 30, 2021.

Dr. John Miller, Brookings, was reappointed on July 10, 2016, to the State Capitol Complex Restoration and Beautification Commission, effective immediately and shall continue until June 30, 2020.

Dennis L. Rowley, Spencer, was reappointed on July 10, 2016, to the Petroleum Release Compensation Board, effective immediately and shall continue until May 1, 2021.

Rowley is the chair of this board. He fills a position for Insurance or Claims Adjusting.

Frank Smith, Gettysburg, was reappointed on July 10, 2016, to the Board of Tourism, effective immediately and shall continue until June 30, 2020.

Smith fills the SD Missouri River Region position on the board.

Eddie J. Sullivan, Tea, was reappointed on July 10, 2016, to the Research and Commercialization Council, effective immediately and shall continue until June 30, 2018.

Verle Valentine, Sioux Falls, was reappointed on July 10, 2016, to the South Dakota Athletic Commission, effective immediately and shall continue until June 30, 2019.

Valentine was origninally appointed to this board in December of 2015.

Kristi M. Wagner, Whitewood, was reappointed on July 10, 2016, to the Board of Tourism, effective immediately and shall continue until June 30, 2020.

Wagner fills a Black Hills Region position on the board.

4 executive appointments listed in the July 11 SD register

Listed in the July 11, 2016, South Dakota LRC Register are four executive appointments. There are no reappointments listed this time.

Three of these appointments are to gambling related boards.

Executive Appointments

Robert Faehn, Watertown, was appointed on June 30, 2016, to the South Dakota Lottery Commission, to replace Roger Novotny, effective immediately and shall continue until January 1, 2018.

Faehn is a former Republican legislator for District 5. He served from 2005 to 2010. His last term was spent as the House Majority Leader.

Joseph F. Kafka, Valley Springs, was appointed in June 30, 2016, to the South Dakota Lottery Commission, to replace Doyle Estes, effective immediately and shall continue until January 1, 2017.

Kafka was a long time AP reporter that was appointed as Governor Rounds press secretary back in 2008.

Karen Wagner. Photo from Wagner's campaign Facebook page.
Karen Wagner. Photo from Wagner’s campaign Facebook page.

Karen Wagner, Belle Fourche, was appointed on June 30, 2016, to the South Dakota Commission on Gaming, to replace Dennis Duncan, effective immediately and shall continue until April 14, 2019.

Wagner is a name I recognize well. I took a lot of heat from Republicans in District 28A because I didn’t include the fact that she switched from Democrat to Republican in order to primary Rep Sam Marty (R, Dist 28B) for State House. My post highlighting that particular primary race can be viewed here. Marty won the primary election. I still don’t see a big deal, people switch from Democrat to Republican all the time in SD in order to get elected, party labels mean little or nothing to politicians. It is also worth noting Wagner donated $2000 to Governor Dennis Daugaard between 2011 and 2012. People can drawn their own conclusions about Wagner getting this appointment after trying to take out one of the legislative opponents of Medicaid Expansion (which the Governor supports)….

Jill Thorngren, was appointed on June 30, 2016, to the Critical Teaching Needs Scholarship Board, to replace Thomas Hawley, effective immediately and shall continue until June 30, 2021.

SD executive and legislative appointments listed in the May 23 and May 31 registers

20049553I’m reviewing the May 23, 2016  South Dakota LRC Register and the May 31, 2016  South Dakota LRC Register and notice a couple more executive appointments listed. Plus there is one legislative appointment included in the May 23 Register.

Executive Appointments

Kristi Bunkers, Sioux Falls, was appointed on May 16, 2016, to the Behavioral Health Advisory Council, effective immediately.

Bunkers is filling the “DOC staff” position on the council. The name seemed familiar. Back in March Bunkers was appointed to the Council of Juvenile Services. Here is what I noted about her in that post:

Bunkers is the Director of the Juvenile Community Corrections services for the SD Department of Corrections. Bunkers was most recently in the news talking about the closing of STAR Academy juvenile facility (the place that killed kids such as Brady Folkens).

Mary Anne Boyd, Yankton, was appointed on May 17, 2016, to the Game, Fish and Parks Commission, to replace John Cooper, effective immediately and shall continue until January 10, 2018.

The position Cooper held on the board was “East River, Non Farmer”. Presumably Boyd will hold the same role on the board. Governor Daugaard’s staff sent out a press release about Boyd’s appointment. Here is part of the press release:

“I am truly humbled to be appointed to the GFP Commission,” stated Boyd. “I am an advocate of our state park system and maintain a desire to further develop the parks system for the enjoyment of our residents and visitors. Our cultural and natural resources in this state are unmatched. I want to do my best to see to it they are sustained for future generations.”

Mary Anne Boyd is a native of southeastern South Dakota. She enjoys spending time at Lewis and Clark Recreation Area and other state parks.

Boyd is a graduate of Mount Marty College in Yankton. She has served as the vice president of Program Services for the South Dakota Chamber of Commerce and Industry since 1999. Prior to that time she served as the executive director of the Yankton Area Chamber of Commerce.

Legislative Appointment

Michael DeMersseman, Rapid City, was reappointed on May 17, 2016, to the South Dakota Code Commission, effective July 1, 2016, and shall continue until June 30, 2018.

The Code Commission basically ensures the session laws from each legislative year gets published.  DeMersseman has been on this commission a LONG time. Here is part of what Bob Mercer had to say two years ago when DeMersseman was reappointed then:

He’s been on the commission since 1995 when he was a member of the state House of Representatives. He served three years in the House before resigning Dec. 15, 1997.

The Code Commission will be meeting on June 22 in Sioux Falls.

Five more SD Executive Appointments and Reappointments, a look at the WIEB

Listed in the April 18, 2016, South Dakota LRC Register is another five executive appointments and reappointments.

In this post I will look briefly at the Western Interstate Energy Board (WIEB).

Executive Appointments

Bill Markley, Pierre, was appointed on April 6, 2016, to the South Dakota Board on Geographic Names, to replace Joe Nadenicek, effective immediately.

Markley is a representative of the SD Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR). The DENR website lists him as: Engineer Manager III, Ground Water Quality, Pierre.

Greg Rislov, Pierre, was appointed on April 8, 2016, to the Western Interstate Energy Board, effective immediately

Rislov is listed as a Commission Advisor on the Public Utilities Commission (PUC) website.

I had not previously heard of the Western Interstate Energy Board (WIEB) and it does not show up on the SD Boards and Commissions website. The WIEB is actually setup under federal law passed as the Western Interstate Nuclear Compact. The  organization is composed of western states and Canadian provinces.

Here is what the WISB website says about the organization:

The Compact states that the purpose of the Board is to provide the instruments and framework for cooperative state efforts to “enhance the economy of the West and contribute to the well-being of the region’s people.” The Board seeks to achieve this purpose through cooperative efforts among member states/provinces and with the federal government in the energy field.

That seems pretty vague. The organization is separated into three committees: The High-Level Radioactive Waste Committee, The Energy Minerals Reclamation Committee, and The Committee on Regional Electric Power Cooperation.

South Dakota does not seem to be an actual member of the WIEB. According to the WIEB website South Dakota is a member of the Western Interconnection Regional Advisory Body (WIRAB). Here is what the website says about the WIRAB:

The Western Interconnection Regional Advisory Body (WIRAB) was created by Western Governors under Section 215 of the Federal Power Act. Section 215 of the FPA provides for the establishment of a federal regulatory system of mandatory and enforceable electric reliability standards for the Nation’s bulk power system.

Here is the current organization chart off the WIEB website to show South Dakota’s place in its hierarchy:

WIEB Organization Chart downloaded off WIEB website on 4/21/16.
WIEB Organization Chart downloaded off WIEB website on 4/21/16.

Tregg Cronin, Gettysburg, was appointed on April 12, 2016, to the Wheat Utilization Research and Marketing Development Commission, to replace Darrell Davis, effective immediately and shall continue until October 30, 2017.

Here is Cronin’s brief bio off the Boards and Commissions website:

Tregg Cronin, Gettysburg, was appointed to the South Dakota Wheat Commission by Governor Daugaard in April 2016. Tregg has worked in many areas of the agriculture industry including time as a commodity broker, grain buyer, elevator operations and production agriculture with his family farming operation. Tregg grew up on the farm he now works at with his family as Cronin Farms, Inc. in Gettysburg, SD.

Executive Reappointments

Sharon L. Casey, Chamberlain, was reappointed on April 4, 2016, to the Board of Economic Development, effective April 20, 2016, and shall continue until April 19, 2020.

Tom Jones, Viborg, was reappointed on April 4, 2016, to the Board of Economic Development, effective April 20, 2016, and shall continue until April 19, 2020.

Jones was appointed to this board in 2015 to fill a vacancy left by Rob Skjonsberg. Jones is a former Democratic legislator for  District 17.