Video: Senator Lance Russell Explains SB 134

At the legislative crackerbarrel meeting in Rapid City today, South Dakota Senator Lance Russell, was asked about SB 134, a bill to prohibit the expenditure of certain public school resources for political purposes and to provide a penalty therefor.

Russell said last session, legislators got a lot of communication from teachers coming from official school email addresses about last year’s sales tax increase for education. This bill seeks to deal with the inappropriate use of official school email and other resources to influence political votes. Russell said he anticipated resistance to this from the governor’s office because the governor’s office probably encouraged a lot of that activity last year.


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Bob Ellis has been the owner of media company Dakota Voice, LLC since 2005. He is a 10-year U.S. Air Force veteran, a political reporter and commentator for the past decade, and has been involved in numerous election and public policy campaigns for over 20 years. He was a founding member and board member of the Tea Party groups Citizens for Liberty and the South Dakota Tea Party Alliance. He lives in Rapid City, South Dakota with his wife and two children.
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