SD Republicans take first step to kill voter-approved ethics measure

Published: Jan. 23, 2017 at 12:47 PM CST
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A joint South Dakota legislative committee put the first nail in a coffin to bury a voter-approved ethics law.

Monday afternoon, the joint Senate and House state affairs committee voted to send

to the full chambers for debate.

HB 1069 would repeal and revise certain provisions related to Initiated Measure 22, the voter-approved ethics law. The measure created an ethics commission, public campaign funding and limitations on lobbyist gifts to lawmakers.

Many Republican legislators believe the initiated measure was misleading and unconstitutional. Several of them are part of a lawsuit to stop the measure from becoming law. A judge put the measure on hold pending the outcome of the lawsuit.

Also, Gov. Dennis Daugaard proposed that the Legislature not fund aspects of the measure if it ends up becoming law.