Initiated Measure 24 to appear on 2018 general election ballot

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RAPID CITY, S.D. (KOTA TV) - The Mickelson Money Ban, better known as Initiated Measure 24, will appear on the 2018 general election ballot in November.

A petition, submitted by speaker George Mark Mickelson, for an initiated measure prohibiting contributions to ballot question committees from out of state donors has been certified.

This includes non-residents, out-of-state political committees, and entities that are not filed with the secretary of state.

With the new random sampling rules which requires an 81.16 percent success rate, Mickelson's petition has 843 more valid signatures than needed.

Lawrence County State Attorney John Fitzgerald says “It will restrict out of state money from saturating our markets and at time when we are voting on initiatives. In other words, it doesn't prohibit initiatives or referendums, it just prohibits out of state money from being used to saturate us and influence us.”

One loop hole already being seen is with RV mailbox shops, where someone can establish residency within a matter of days.