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South Dakota’s Republican-controlled House is introducing legislation that would allow the state to nullify President Biden’s executive orders if it determines they are unconstitutional.

“The Executive Board of the Legislative Research Council may review any executive order issued by the President of the United States, if the order has not been affirmed by a vote of the Congress of the United States and signed into law, as prescribed by the Constitution of the United States,” the bill’s text reads.

The bill sets up a process for reviewing the president’s executive orders, which would be submitted to the governor and attorney general so that the attorney general could “determine whether the state should seek an exemption” from the order or have it “declared an unconstitutional exercise of legislative authority by the President.”

The bill targets orders that would “restrict a person’s rights,” specifically pointing to orders related to a “pandemic or other public health emergency” and “the regulation of the constitutional right to keep and bear arms,” among other topics.

South Dakota has frequently stood out from national and state governments amid the coronavirus pandemic, with Gov. Kristi Noem opting for a more relaxed public health approach that resisted strict lockdowns and mask mandates.

“South Dakota is not New York City,” Noem said of her approach. “Our sense of personal responsibility, our resiliency and our already sparse population density put us in a great position to manage the spread of this virus without needing to resort to some of the measures we’ve seen in some of these major cities, coastal cities and other countries.”

Biden has set a record-shattering pace for executive orders in the first few weeks of his presidency, many of which have been aimed at curbing the yearlong pandemic.

Noem’s office did not immediately respond to the Washington Examiner’s request for comment on whether the governor was aware of or planned on signing the new legislation.

Author: Michael Lee

Source: Washington Examiner: South Dakota GOP introduces legislation that would allow state to nullify Biden executive orders

Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot blamed former President Donald Trump for the impasse between her office and the Chicago Teachers Union as the city tries to get students back to the classroom.

“This is a very difficult situation, and we’re in it, still, because of the incompetence of the previous administration. So, I think it’s important for both sides to come to the table in good faith, recognize that we’re both trying to work through a very challenging situation, but we must get a deal done,” Lightfoot said during a Tuesday CNN appearance.

The comments came just one day after Lightfoot told MSNBC that the situation in Chicago was “uniquely local” when asked if she would be seeking help from the Biden administration in the push to return students to the classroom.

“We are talking to the Biden administration but, you know this, these issues are a uniquely local issue. And we are very, very close, and we can get there if the union takes some steps in our direction. Come back to us and respond to the plans that we put on the table,” she said Monday.

Lightfoot and the Chicago Teachers Union have been locked in a battle over the terms for returning to the classroom in recent weeks, with the mayor pushing for about 60,000 students between kindergarten and eighth grade to return to in-person instruction.

But the teachers union has resisted calls to return to the classroom, citing concerns over concerns over their health and issues with vaccine distribution.

“These are really difficult times in a pandemic, exacerbated by the incompetence of the previous administration that didn’t leave us with enough vaccine to really quickly get to the entire population in our city that needs it. But we’re going to keep working hard recognizing the concern that, really, all of our residents have regarding COVID-19,” Lightfoot said.

Lightfoot signaled some optimism that the city and the union could come to an agreement after the two sides took a “cooling-off period.”

“We are making some progress, and I thought it was in the interest of all that we announce a cooling-off period, meaning the negotiations would continue, intensely, but we would not take any disciplinary action against teachers who were refusing to report to their classrooms,” the mayor said.

Author: Michael Lee

Source: Washington Examiner: Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot blames Trump for impasse between city and teachers union

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