Costs of Litigation Bill Moves to House Judiciary Committee Friday Morning–Contact Legislators TODAY.
House Bill 1019 stands to create an incredible chilling effect on democracy in our state.
The short piece of legislation requires the state to pursue costs of litigation–not just in cases found to be frivolous, but in all cases where the state prevails.
If passed, this bill could mean that, in cases where citizens and organizations pay the already substantial costs of taking an agency or department to court for violations of law or procedure, the penalty for losing is to pay the very entity they were rightfully and reasonably questioning.
This bill was heard in House Commerce & Energy Committee Wednesday, and after testimony, the committee moved to send the bill to House Judiciary Committee, where it clearly should have been assigned to begin with.
Contact Members of House Judiciary Committee and tell them to Vote NO on HB 1019.
This bill represents an unacceptable chilling of the democratic process in our state.
Call and leave messages for legislators on the House line (605) 773-3851 or email them using the addresses below:
Doug Barthel – firstname.lastname@example.org
Scyller Borglum – email@example.com
Ryan Cwach – firstname.lastname@example.org
Michael Diedrich – email@example.com
Dayle Hammock – firstname.lastname@example.org
Jon Hansen (Chair) – email@example.com
Timothy Johns (Vice Chair) – firstname.lastname@example.org
Isaac Latterell – email@example.com
Tom Pischke – firstname.lastname@example.org
Peri Pourier – email@example.com
Nancy Rasmussen – firstname.lastname@example.org
Rebecca Reimer – email@example.com
Tamara St. John – firstname.lastname@example.org
Thank you for taking action!