Initiated Measure 22

In The Moment ... January 23, 2018 Show 261 Hour 2

Emily Wanless is an associate professor of political science from Augustana University. She chaired the Initiated and Referendum Taskforce. Legislation drafted from that taskforce is under consideration now in Pierre. She joins us with details.

In The Moment ... October 11, 2017 Show 196 Hour 1

South Dakota Speaker of the House Mark Mickelson is backing two ballot measure questions he hopes will reach voters next November. One proposes an increase in the tobacco tax to help lower tuition for the state's four technical institutes. Another seeks to limit out of state money for ballot measure questions. Representative Mickelson sat down with SDPB's Lee Strubinger to talk about the upcoming legislative session, the race for governor and those ballot measure questions.

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In The Moment ... June 22, 2017 Show 120 Hour 1

Adam Pertman is President and CEO of the National Center on Adoption and Permanency, author of "Adoption Nation: How the Adoption Revolution is Transforming Our Families – and America.” He joins us for a conversation about SB 149, a bill aimed at providing protections for faith-based adoption agencies in South Dakota.


In the Moment ... June 21, 2017 Show 119 Hour 2

Dakota Political Junkies Denise Ross and Seth Tupper join us to talk about the top political headlines in the state. Today we tackle the Rapid City billboard debate, bentanine taxation, and the ongoing conversation between voters and lawmakers regarding voter-initiated ballot measures.

In The Moment ... May 22, 2017 Show 098 Hour 1

South Dakota's ballot question system empowers voters, but also features a controversial influx of out-of-state money. A summer task force is set to evaluate the process. Augustana University political science professor Emily Wanless chairs the South Dakota Legislature's initiative, referendum and constitutional amendment task force. She joins In the Moment to talk about a nonpartisan conversation about direct democracy.

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.

Gift Ban Heads To The Senate

Feb 14, 2017

The South Dakota House is passing a bill that limits gifts public officials can accept from lobbyists.
Currently, no rule prevents lobbyists from giving lawmakers money and gifts, though lawmakers insist that’s not happening.
Representative Larry Rhoden says House Bill 1073 addresses the major part of Initiated Measure 22.

State Legislature Overturns IM 22

Feb 1, 2017

The South Dakota State legislature has repealed the voter approved campaign finance and ethics package.

The South Dakota Senate will consider a bill to repeal Initiated Measure 22, the voter approved campaign and lobbying reforms package.

The senate floor is the last stop for the bill before reaching the governor’s desk.

House Bill 1069 is scheduled for the senate floor Wednesday afternoon.

The bill repeals Initiated Measure 22.

Senate Vote On IM 22 Repeal Delayed Until Wednesday

Jan 26, 2017
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The South Dakota Senate will wait until Wednesday to vote on a measure to repeal Initiated Measure 22.
The delay gives lawmakers extra time to consider repealing a voter approved measure that critics say has been fast tracked through the legislature.

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Governor Dennis Daugaard says he wants out of state think tanks to stop experimenting with South Dakota’s constitution and laws.

One of those groups, along with several South Dakotans, stood outside the capitol urging lawmakers to accept the will of the voters.

During his annual State of the State address, Governor Dennis Daugaard says he supports repealing Initiated Measure 22. He says he wants constitutionally sound measures to replace portions of it.

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Attorney General Marty Jackley is requesting a South Dakota court take a closer look at the constitutionality of several provisions in Initiated Measure twenty two.

Among those provisions are the campaign finance and lobbying limits that are a part of the Anti-Corruption Act

Earlier in the month, Judge Mark Barnett issued a preliminary injunction against I-M 22. That put the entire measure on hold.

However, Jackley says some portions of I-M 22 are constitutional. He’s requesting Judge Barnett take a closer look at his injunction.

IM22 Receives Preliminary Injunction

Dec 8, 2016
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Circuit Court Judge Mark Barnett has issued a preliminary injunction against Initiated Measure 22.

That means requirements of the Anti-Corruption Act are placed on hold. Those include establishing an ethics commission, creating a publicly funded campaign finance system and revising state campaign finance and lobbying laws.

Proponents of Initiated Measure 22 say they are surprised at the circuit court judge’s decision to issue a preliminary injunction against measure.

Don Frankenfeld is with South Dakotans for Integrity. That group backs IM 22.

The State of South Dakota has filed a response to the Initiated Measure 22 lawsuit. SDPB political reporter Lee Strubinger joins Dakota Midday with an update.

Seth Tupper of the Rapid City Journal and Dana Ferguson of the Sioux Falls Argus Leader discuss the week's political news, highlighted by yesterday's annual budget address by Governor Dennis Daugaard. Described by some as "bare bones," Daugaard's budget proposes small increases for education and state employees. The governor took time Tuesday to blast Initiated Measure 22. He's recommending that legislators not fund a major part of the measure which was passed by voters last month.

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Governor Dennis Daugaard does not mince his words in his opposition to the voter approved Initiated Measure twenty two.

The governor spoke against IM 22 in his annual budget address
 Daugaard is refusing to fund the Democracy Credits that are part of the new law.  The law includes a publicly funded campaign finance system.
Democrats say that provision should remain priority funding.

Rick Weiland was instrumental in bringing Initiated Measure 22 before South Dakota voters. Now, as state lawmakers and policy makers struggle to interpret and implement the measure, Weiland joins Dakota Midday to address the challenges and opportunities of the Measure in detail.

SDPB political reporter Lee Strubinger joins Dakota Midday to provide an update on the lawsuit over Initiated Measure 22. He discusses the controversy, the allegations and the will of South Dakota voters.

Dakota Midday: Dakota Political Junkies

Nov 16, 2016

Dakota Political Junkie Jonathan Ellis of the Sioux Falls Argus Leader discusses the early announcements with respect to the 2018 governor's race and how Initiated Measure 22 has impacted announcements and finances. He also visits about whether IM 22 could be changed by the state legislature as well as news that Jason Dilges is no longer a member of Governor Dennis Daugaard's cabinet. Dilges, who was the state's chief financial officer, had been placed on administrative leave last week.

Dakota Midday: Dakota Political Junkies

Sep 26, 2016
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Dakota Political Junkies Jon Hunter and Seth Tupper discussed Initiated Measure 22. The measure extensively revises state campaign finance laws while requiring additional disclosures and increasing reporting. It lowers contribution amounts to political action committees and creates a publicly funded campaign finance program for statewide and legislative candidates who choose to participate and agree to limits on campaign contributions and expenditures.

The 2016 Ballot Questions are more than ballot clutter; they are compelling social and political conversations that give voters a voice on a variety of issues.

SDPB's political reporter Lee Strubinger joins Dakota Midday to explain what your ballot will look like in November, highlighting various referred laws and Constitutional Amendments.

Each Wednesday, Dakota Midday welcomes a rotating panel of the most experienced political journalists in the state. This week Denise Ross (editor, Black Hills Knowledge Network, South Dakota Dashboard) and Jonathan Ellis (Argus Leader Media journalist/columnist) join host Lori Walsh to discuss Initiated Measure 21 and Constitutional Amendment U. Both are 2016 ballot questions.

We also discuss failures in transparency for campaign spending and the challenges of early voting.

IM 22 Ballot Measure Creates Public Funded Elections

Jul 19, 2016
Photo courtesy of Don Frankenfeld

A group of South Dakotans are hoping to establish a publicly funded campaign finance program in the state. Voters will get the chance to decide whether or not Initiated Measure 22 becomes law in November.

The measure would also prohibit state employees and lawmakers from becoming lobbyists until two years after leaving state government. As well, IM 22 would establish additional requirements for increased reporting of spending of campaign funds.