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The Institute for Free Speech is challenging the constitutionality of a South Dakota law restricting the organization’s right to publicize views of ballot measures without extensive reporting and disclaimer requirements. The organization is asking for permission from a federal judge […]

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South Dakotans will have multiple ethics-related ballot measures to vote on this November. Constitutional Amendment W, also known as the South Dakota Voter Protection and Anti-Corruption Amendment, would create an independent ethics commission, decrease limits on campaign donations, bar gifts […]

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September 18, 2018  •  

South Dakota Holds Special Session

The South Dakota Legislature held a one-day special session on September 12 addressing online sales tax measures. The initial law to collect sales tax from online retailers was passed in 2016, but it was challenged and taken all the way […]

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Gov. Dennis Daugaard has called a special session for September 12. The session will address legislation allowing the state to enforce remote sellers to collect and remit sales tax. In addition to calling the session, Daugaard will be appointing three […]

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The South Dakota Legislature adjourned its 2018 session on March 26. During the 40-day session, lawmakers passed a $4.7 billion budget increasing funding to education, Medicaid providers, and state employees. Additionally, several measures adding new rules for citizens’ initiative campaigns […]

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A statewide special election will be held June 5, the same date as the primary elections, on a proposed amendment to the South Dakota Constitution. If approved, the amendment will affect Marsy’s Law victim’s rights provisions approved by voters in […]

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South Dakota Gov. Dennis Daugaard signed a bill into law expanding campaign finance disclosure requirements. House Bill 1003 requires candidates and committees to itemize any contribution received from an entity. An entity includes corporations, labor unions, and non-profits, as well […]

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On December 29, South Dakota Secretary of State Shantel Krebs certified the South Dakota Voter Protection and Anti-Corruption Amendment as Constitutional Amendment W for the November 2018 ballot. If passed, Constitutional Amendment W would create an independent ethics commission, would […]

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The group Represent South Dakota met the November 6 deadline for submitting petition signatures to the Office of the Secretary of State to add a constitutional amendment to the 2018 ballot. The amendment would tighten campaign finance and lobbying restrictions, […]

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The group Represent South Dakota met the November 6 deadline for submitting petition signatures to the Office of the Secretary of State to add a constitutional amendment to the 2018 ballot. The amendment would tighten campaign finance and lobbying restrictions, […]

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On June 27, Rep. Don Haggar, a Republican lawmaker from Sioux Falls, resigned effective immediately from his District 10 position to become the director for the state’s chapter of Americans For Prosperity. Americans for Prosperity is the conservative advocacy group […]

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Gov. Dennis Daugaard called a special session for June 12 to consider legislation relating to public recreational use of non-meandered waters overlying private property. The issue comes after a Supreme Court opinion prohibited state officials from facilitating access to waters […]

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The group Represent South Dakota announced plans to lead efforts for a ballot measure in 2018 to amend South Dakota’s constitution to tighten ethics laws. The Voter Protection and Anti-Corruption Amendment would ban lobbyist gifts to politicians, lower campaign contribution […]

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On March 27, South Dakota lawmakers met for the final day of the 2017 legislative session to consider five bills Gov. Dennis Daugaard vetoed. Two-thirds support is required to overturn a gubernatorial veto and lawmakers failed to raise enough support […]

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