Lobbying of Frye-Mueller’s husband under scrutiny
More accusations fly between censured senator and colleagues
PIERRE — The lobbying activities of state Sen. Julie Frye-Mueller’s husband have spurred a bill barring lawmaker spouses from lobbying. But sponsors of the measure say it is unrelated to what led to her censure this week.
Senate Bill 197 went live on the Senate’s public bill log hours before senators voted to discipline the Rapid City lawmaker for workplace harassment. That timing has her and her husband — also involved in the complaint — alleging further retribution beyond her formal reprimand for allegedly making inappropriate remarks about childhood vaccines and breastfeeding to a legislative staffer.
“When will the attacks end?” Frye-Mueller asked in a statement issued Wednesday evening, noting the proposed ban on lawmaker spouses doubling as lobbyists.
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