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Gov. Daugaard Signs Additional Measures To Replace IM 22



            Office of Gov. Dennis Daugaard

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:  Tuesday, March 14, 2017

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Gov. Daugaard Signs Additional Measures To Replace IM 22


PIERRE, S.D. – Gov. Dennis Daugaard today signed four ethics bills to replace concepts of Initiated Measure 22 which were supported by the public. The bills are in addition to the five IM 22 replacement measures signed into law last week.


“State officials on both sides of the aisle worked together to deliver on the promise of replacing Initiated Measure 22 with constitutional, workable legislation,” Gov. Daugaard said. “Nine replacement measures were passed to honor the citizens’ expectation of honest government, an open and transparent campaign finance system, and a legislative process which allows lobbyist influence only through their arguments.


Among the bills signed was Senate Bill 151, a measure sponsored by Senate Majority Leader Blake Curd. SB 151 creates an ethics complaint process for elected officials and other public employees and gives the Secretary of State the authority to levy penalties and refer repeated violations to the Division of Criminal Investigation.


Gov. Daugaard also signed Senate Bill 54, which prohibits the use of campaign funds for personal uses, and makes a number of clarifications and clean-ups in state campaign finance law. A related bill, Senate Bill 171, creates a task force to consider additional changes to the campaign finance law for next session.


“SB 54 creates a sensible change in campaign finance law. Campaign funds should be used for political, official, or charitable purposes, and should not be converted to personal use,” said the Governor.


Senate Bill 27, which was brought by Attorney General Marty Jackley, allows for tougher criminal penalties in cases where a public official misuses his or her position for self-enrichment.


On Friday, March 10, Gov. Daugaard signed five other ethics measures, including Rep. Karen Soli’s bill to establish a government accountability board and Speaker Mark Mickelson’s lobbyist gift ban bill.