April 7, 2017 •
Proposed Ballot Initiative Seeks to Strengthen Ethics in South Dakota Politics
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 limits, and restrict the ability of lawmakers to overturn laws passed by voters.
Represent South Dakota has already filed the proposal with the Legislative Research Council and expects to start collecting signatures in June 2017.
The push for the new constitutional amendment comes in response to the recent repeal of Initiated Measure 22. Initiated Measure 22 was the voter approved ethics and campaign finance overhaul that established various lobbying and campaign finance restrictions.
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