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Following the Legislature's repeal of Initiated Measure 22, one group hopes to come back in 2018 with a replacement.
Following the Legislature's repeal of Initiated Measure 22, one group hopes to come back in 2018 with a replacement.
April 8, 2017

Group Prepares New Campaign Finance Ballot Measure

Following the repeal of Initiated Measure 22, a group is preparing a new ballot measure to replace it. The measure made changes to campaign finance and ethics laws, including limiting gifts to elected officials and instituting public campaign financing. Many legislators and the governor opposed the measure, feeling it was unworkable and unconstitutional. House Bill 1069 repealed the measure. The legislature went on to pass elements similar to those in Initiated Measure 22, such as through HB 1037, revising rules on gifts to elected officials; HB 1165, providing for annual updates on the financial interests of elected officials; Senate Bill 58, revising campaign financing; SB 131, setting rules for lobbyists; and SB 171, creating a task force on campaign finance.

Supporters of Initiated Measure 22 feel the legislature did not go far enough. According to the Rapid City Journal, Represent South Dakota is working on a new ballot measure they hope to have on the 2018 ballot. Besides rules on campaign financing, the measure will also include rules preventing the legislature from changing or repealing measures approved by the voters.

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