March 15, 2017 •
South Dakota Governor Signs Campaign Finance Bill
On March 14, Gov. Dennis Daugaard signed Senate Bill 54 into law. The bill revises many requirements dealing with campaign finance to strengthen campaign finance laws after the repeal of Initiated Measure 22.
Senate Bill 54 will allow organizations, such as corporations and labor unions, to contribute directly to candidates. The measure also restricts candidates from using campaign funds for personal expense.
Senate Bill 54 was initially introduced with provisions to lower contribution limits; however, those provisions were amended prior to the bill’s passage to reflect pre-Initiated Measure 22 limits.
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