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The measure has been denounced by the governor and is opposed by several legislators.
The measure has been denounced by the governor and is opposed by several legislators.
December 8, 2016

Assistant State Attorney General Supports IM 22

A month after the 2016 election, supporters and opponents of anti-corruption Initiated Measure 22 are visible. Although Governor Daugaard has said the measure is poorly written and that he would not ask for funding for the Democracy Credits program (publicly funded political contributions), the Rapid City Journal reports assistant attorney general Steven Blair as saying the law is constitutional and the state has a compelling interest in reducing apparent government corruption. 

A major component of IM 22 is limiting gifts to legislators and their families from lobbyists to $100 per group. More than a dozen legislators have filed a lawsuit against the law. South Dakotans for Integrity, led by Darrell Solberg of Sioux Falls and Don Frankenfeld of Rapid City, sponsored IM 22 and have hired attorneys to help defend it.

In the Black Hills Knowledge Network's online news archive, past stories about the ballot measures are available, as will be new updates from the 2017 legislative session.

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