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The State Senate is passing a bill that allows interested organizations like the South Dakota Chamber of Commerce and Farm Bureau to have an ongoing ballot question committee.

Senate Bill 128 allows those perpetual committees to donate to several other ballot question committees for and against an issue.

Critics say the bill reduces transparency.

With previous lengthy ballots during elections, and another anticipated one on the horizon… sometimes groups that focus on policy in South Dakota may have an interest in several questions up for vote.

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In The Moment ... August 31, 2017 Show 168 Hour 1

Reducing campaign finance limits was a main part to a voter approved ethics reform package that got repealed during the last state legislative session. Contribution limits were returned to the caps that existed before the last election. As a concession lawmakers set up a summer study group to take a look at campaign finance limits and come up with possible legislation to consider next session. SDPB's Lee Strubinger joins us from in Rapid City to tell us more about what direction future campaign finance in the state may look like.

House Restores Pre-IM 22 Campaign Finance Limits

Mar 7, 2017
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South Dakota lawmakers want limits on campaign donations… to stay at the level they were before Initiated Measure 22.

Voter-approved IM 22 reduced the amount of cash people can put into South Dakota elections. Earlier this session, lawmakers repealed it. Now the South Dakota House of Representatives has amended a bill to revert to the old campaign finance caps.

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A house committee has minimized the role of a proposed government accountability task force. Senate Bill 171 now establishes a panel to focus solely on campaign finance limits.
 
During the same meeting, legislators are also reverting a heavily amended campaign finance law back to its original language.

The original Government Accountability Task Force had three main objectives: review lobbyist restrictions, consider ethics reform, and evaluate campaign finance.

The State House of Representatives is sending the Senate a bill that places a 100-thousand dollar cap on out of state money for ballot question committees.
 
The House voted 50 to 18 in favor of the bill.
 
Most of the concern about H-B 1074 is whether it restricts free speech.
 
The bill’s sponsor State Representative Spencer Gosch says the measure protects South Dakota voters’ speech…
 

Voters Approve Broad Package Of Election Reforms

Nov 9, 2016

South Dakota voters have passed Initiated Measure 22.