Represent South Dakota petitioning to fight corruption in state government

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RAPID CITY, S.D. (KOTA TV) - A South Dakota group is gearing up to fight corruption in our state government.

Saturday, July 15, 2017, the organization, Represent South Dakota, was training volunteers how to properly collect signatures when petitioning.

They are gathering signatures for an anti-corruption amendment that would stop lobbyists from giving gifts to politicians and stop foreign money from influencing our state's politics.

Represent South Dakota wants to add an ethics board that is accountable for the legislature as well.

The ethics legislation that was passed in lieu of IM-22 last year excluded the legislature.

A Representative from Represent South Dakota, Mitch Richter, says “with the repeal of IM-22 we have added to that language and came up with stronger language and put in a citizens ethic board in the constitution that will strengthen what the legislature has done in the past."

The group needs 28,000 signatures by November 7, 2017 to get on ballot for next year.