Lobbyists– 2022 South Dakota Legislative Session update by District 24 Senator Mary Duvall
24 Jan 2022
That word evokes a variety of reactions among those who participate in our political process. For some, the word is a pejorative. I don’t agree with that assessment.
This past week, our state and community were stunned by the death of a well-respected lobbyist – Greg Dean. Not only was Greg a friend to many, he was also the epitome of a great lobbyist. He was an example of the important work that lobbyists provide in the legislative arena.
As legislators work to represent their districts and develop good policy for our state, we quickly realize that we simply do not have the time to become experts on all the issues that come before us. We may be knowledgeable about some of the topics that confront us, but there is simply not the luxury of time to be good at all the issues.