Gov. Daugaard signs additional measures to replace IM 22, among other bills

Published: Mar. 14, 2017 at 4:45 PM CDT
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Gov. Dennis Daugaard on Tuesday signed four ethics bills to replace concepts of Initiated Measure 22.

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 in a press release. “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 includes makes a number of clean up and clarification provisions. The bills also establish prohibitions on the use of campaign money. Candidates may only use campaign funds for campaign expenses, expenses created by being a current or former elected official, or donations to other political campaigns.

“SB 54 creates a sensible change in campaign finance law. Campaign funds should be limited to the three uses spelled out in the bill and should not be rolled into a candidate’s or elected official’s personal account,” Gov. Daugaard said.

The two other measures signed Tuesday, Senate Bill 171 and Senate Bill 27, create a task force on campaign finance and allow tougher criminal penalties for conflict of interest cases where a public official used public money illegally.

In addition to the Initiated Measure 22 replacement measures, Gov. Daugaard signed six other bills into law Tuesday:

SB 25 – An Act to provide for the release of certain booking photographs.

SB 28 – An Act to revise the exceptions to presumptive probation.

SB 80 – An Act to regulate the use of drones under certain conditions and to provide a penalty therefor.

SB 128 – An Act to provide an exception for alcohol manufacturer and wholesaler licensees to participate in certain retail events and to declare an emergency.

HB 1170 – An Act to revise certain provisions regarding conflicts of interest for authority, board, or commission members.

HB 1173 – An Act to revise the distribution of funds from the building South Dakota fund.