PIERRE, S.D. (AP) — A South Dakota lawmaker pushing a bill to require Gov. Kristi Noem to disclose taxpayer-funds used for her travel security on the campaign trail says she has faced a pressure campaign to kill the proposal.
Rep. Taffy Howard of Rapid City says she faced text message attacks and fellow Republicans rescinding support after hearing from the governor’s office.
Noem’s administration has refused to disclose to media outlets how much it costs to send Highway Patrol troopers with the governor as she has traveled the country campaigning for Donald Trump and fundraising for her campaign.
Howard argues it would not compromise safety to know how much is spent on travel security.
February 2, 2021