Freedom from government interference ran into the sanctity of a religious holiday in South Dakota today. The sanctity of a religious holiday won.
The South Dakota House failed to override Gov. Mike Rounds’ veto of a bill that would have allowed the sale of fireworks in the state during the last week and a half of December.
“While I would have no objection to the idea of allowing the discharge of fireworks on New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day, I believe allowing the discharge of fireworks during Christmas Eve and Christmas Day is inappropriate,” Rounds said in his veto message.
Presently, fireworks can be sold in South Dakota only between June 27 and July 5.
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Bob Collins has been with Minnesota Public Radio since 1992, emigrating to Minnesota from Massachusetts. He was senior editor of news in the ’90s, ran MPR’s political unit, created the MPR News regional website, invented the popular Select A Candidate, started the two most popular blogs in the history of MPR and every day laments that his Minnesota Fantasy Legislature project never caught on.
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