I enjoyed reading Retha Mathern's letter regarding Rep. Rick Becker's vote against House Bill 1066, which is the bill that will distribute oil and gas taxes to local political subdivisions and help keep local taxes down. He was the only Bismarck-Mandan legislator to vote against the bill.
Becker's legislative history has several examples where his votes and comments indicate he appears to be anti-law enforcement. For example, this session he introduced House Bill 1286, which relates to civil asset forfeitures. There are parts of this bill regarding the accounting for these forfeitures that I agree with. However, Becker in supporting the bill commented that the current statute provided a "perverse incentive" for "policing for profit" for law enforcement. These phrases are offensive and insulting to our incredible law enforcement community. The brave men and women who serve law enforcement risk their lives every day to protect the rest of us. Becker's frivolous and unsupported inferences serve no purpose other than to focus attention on himself.
Then Becker voted against a legislative resolution celebrating the 100th anniversary of women winning the right to vote. Apparently he doesn't feel we should celebrate women having the right to vote.
One has to wonder which constituents Becker is representing. Based on his votes and comments on these three pieces of legislation, it appears he is catering to that small sliver of voters who are high-tax-loving, law-enforcement-loathing, male chauvinists.
Gordy Smith, Bismarck