On July 1, 2017, Bill 1170 will become law. According to the Rapid City Journal, the bill redefines conflicts of interests as applies to members and spouses of 23 state boards and commissions. The new definitions are a result of the overburden of disclosures already required by state law, says Attorney A.J. Franken, and resulted from South Dakota Legislature passing the original conflicts law (House Bill 1214) last year.
HB 1170 will allow the attorney general's office to create a standard disclosure for the use of all 23 state boards and commissions. The new law also encompasses the second tier of "relationship contracts," which occur when the state board or commission member is employed in the contracting party, or has a spouse employed in the contracting party.