New language tied to today's Transportation Funding Bill could dramatically impact the strength of current Country of Origin Labeling (COOL) legislation, said Doug Sombke, S.D. Farmers Union President and a Conde, S.D. farmer.
"The new language diminishes COOL's ability to protect American consumers - it basically means that retailers no longer need to label where meat comes from," explained Sombke, of the language introduced by Senators Debbie Stabenow (D-MI) and John Hoeven (R-ND) and tied to today's Transportation Funding Bill.
Today, the S.D. Attorney General's Office provided South Dakota Farmers Union Board of Directors with the title and explanation language for the Constitutional Amendment addressing Legislative Redistricting.
Board members are pleased with the prompt response of the Attorney General's office in processing their request ahead of schedule.
"Now is the time to act," said Doug Sombke, South Dakota Farmers Union President. "A nonpartisan, Redistricting Commission empowers voters allowing them to choose their legislators, not the other way around. With the guidelines established in the Constitutional Amendment, this new commission will end the harmful practice of gerrymandering and restore voter participation in South Dakota."
Three South Dakota teens were selected to serve on Farmers Union National Youth Advisory Council during the 2015 National Farmers Union All States Leadership Camp held in Bailey, Colo. this June.
The students include: Jesse Carlson, 17, a Faulkton High School senior and son of Scott and Amy Carlson; Kiana Brockel, 19, a graduate of Bison High School and the daughter of Kelvin and Jean Brockel; and Alexandra Farber, 18, a graduate of Britton-Hecla High School and daughter of Tom and Lori Farber.