South Dakota lawmakers could repeal ethics law backed by voters

Gov. Dennis Daugaard delivers his state of the state address to a joint session of the 92nd South Dakota Legislature, Tuesday in Pierre.

PIERRE, S.D. (KOTA-TV) - South Dakota legislators are set to dismantle new ethics regulations that voters imposed on them less than three months ago, a brazen test of whether elected officials or their constituents should have the final say.

The ethics crackdown is one of several November ballot measures that are now facing scrutiny in statehouses across the nation. But the South Dakota law appears to be under the most imminent danger of repeal and directly affects the very lawmakers who are weighing its fate.

The ballot initiative created an ethics commission, public campaign funding and limitations on lobbyist gifts to lawmakers.

Elsewhere, Maine Gov. Paul LePage has said he wants to mitigate the "severe" damage done by citizen initiatives including a minimum wage hike, while Massachusetts and North Dakota have delayed marijuana initiatives.

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