February 14, 2023 •
South Dakota Introduces Bill to Ban Spouses from Registering As Lobbyists
Sen. Michael Rohl introduced Senate Bill 197 to prohibit spouses of current members of the Senate or House of Representatives from being employed as a registered private lobbyist.
He stated that the bill addresses two problems
- Preventing legislative spouses from having an advantage that other lobbyists and everyday people do not.
- Providing clarity about their role because legislative spouses tend to have more access to restricted areas and lawmakers.
The bill passed out of committee Monday and will next be discussed and voted on by the Senate.
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