S.D. Manufacturers Say No On Amendment E

By October 31, 2006Briefly Legal

South Dakota manufacturers held a news conference in Sioux Falls yesterday to argue against passage of Amendment E, the initiated constitutional amendment to hold judges and other elected officials personally accountable for decisions they make as part of their official duties. NAM Board Member Jay Bender took the lead:

Manufacturing officials from around the state spoke up Monday about their fears that Amendment E would stunt economic growth and hinder community involvement.

“The proposed Amendment E is a job killer for South Dakota,” Jay Bender, president of Falcon Plastics of Brookings, said during a press conference Monday in Sioux Falls.

“It has a potential to create judicial chaos for businesses nationwide. Since judges will know they can be sued for dismissing frivolous lawsuits, they will be reluctant to do so.”

Amendment E, also known as the Judicial Accountability Initiative Law, would create a special grand jury to review complaints against those with judicial immunity, which would include members of juries, school boards, city councils and other boards.

Several manufacturing companies operating in the state, including 3M Company, Raven Industries, Tyson Foods and Showplace Wood Products, will partner for an advertising campaign that will oppose the proposed amendment.

KELO story here. Also big news Monday:

South Dakota U.S. Sens. Tim Johnson and John Thune, along with U.S. Rep. Stephanie Herseth, Republican congressional candidate Bruce Whalen, Gov. Mike Rounds and Democratic gubernatorial candidate Jack Billion announced Monday their opposition to the amendment.

NAM webpage with facts about the ill-considered, ill-tempered amendment is here.

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