WC Botkin Retail Merchants - Daily Plainsman Huron SD - 1 May 1935 p4

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WC Botkin Retail Merchants - Daily Plainsman Huron SD - 1 May 1935 p4 - LOBBYISTS The Watertown Public Opinion. Is...
LOBBYISTS The Watertown Public Opinion. Is disposed to agree with W, C. Botkin, secretary of the South day ... kota Retail Merchants association, who, in a recent address in Watertown defended the oft-abused lobbyist. lobbyist. Mr. Botkin asserted that lobbyists "render important services not only to -the particular interest they represent, but to the general public." Which led Public Opinion to remark: In many cases, legislation is 'before a body of law makers which, requires special technical knowledge. While bankers for example may be a much cussed group these days, it ought to be pretty obvious that, a banking bill drawn without the assistance of men who know tha banking business would be a good deal of a mess. The same likely to be true of a bill dealing with physicians If no physicians are consulted in its preparation. Similar, instances might be multiplied indefinitely. In such cases the much abused lobbyist has opportunity to serve a most useful purpose, and very often does do just that. The fact is that the lobbyist may be a food or a positive evil according to the merits ·the issues on which he brings his activities to and .the methods he .uses. There are good, bad and middling law makers. If it-weren't for the lobbyists we would have lot more weird laws on the statute books than are there at present and a lot of laws which proved highly meritorious would never have been passed. · · . · / Public Opinion does.weU to qualify its statements «nd it is an entirely safe assumption that Mr. Botkin will join with it in! its notion that not all ·re good. No one will dispute the' contention that much valuable'technical 1 information is furnished to ·legislators by those who may be'termed lobbyists. The honest man who appears in that capacity will attempt to be helpful. He will speak only when he ·Informed on the subject under /discussion and he refrain from dashing into every argument ;and from any attempt to bulldoze legislators. : It should always be kept in mind that the of the lobbyist 'is that of the minority and the minority should be heard through its representatives. Lobbyists are selected with much more care than : legislators. legislators. There is a presumption, at' least,' that are better informed in their particular lines than legislators. South Dakota has been fortunate, in main, in the type of man who has been chosen represent various. interests before the legislature. · ..have been honest and have seriously attempted helpful. Of course there are the other sort. Such as these have attempted to "put something over 1 ' for the interests they represent without regard to the welfare of the people of the state' and often .to disadvantage. Legislators are- compelled to b* on their guard against lobbyists of this'type. It is'not always easy to separate the sheep from the goats. Botkin, while representing the retail merchants of ; state, has at the szime time attempted to. render · service* to the legislators, according to his lights, -there is. general agreement with the :statemeht ·he has done, a helpful job. The same could.be . of other representatives of various .business interests in the state. · :· . It is and tary the to are to an not are for to who

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  1. The Daily Plainsman,
  2. 02 May 1935, Thu,
  3. Page 4

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