After the House voted 53-14 to repeal IM22, the Senate followed suit a week later and passed the repeal measure on a vote of 27-8. Governor Daugaard signed the bill the next day. These actions repealed a poorly-written, unconstitutional measure from the books and paves the way for meaningful discussion on issues relating to greater transparency with campaign finance, lobbying gift limits, and ethics concerns.
Here are some of the bills we will be working on:
HB1052 protects public employees from retaliation if they report a violation of law.
HB1073 would put a $100 limit on gifts from lobbyists.
HB1074 limits out-of-state contributions to ballot question committees.
HB1076 creates a state government accountability board.
HB1089 creates a mechanism for dealing with allegations of campaign finance violations, fraud, bribery, and lobbying gift bans.
HB1128 would prohibit legislators from voting on anything that could constitute or create a conflict of interest.
SB27 prohibits direct conflicts of interest by public officials.
SB53 creates a campaign finance ethics commission.
SB54 creates greater transparency in campaign finance reporting. (This is a bill developed by a work group established the Secretary of State that spent the summer working on Chapter 12-27 dealing with campaign finance requirements. I was privileged to participate in this work group.)
SB131 would restrict elected officials from lobbying for two years after leaving office.
SB151 creates a complaint procedure to resolve allegations of misconduct, breach of a statutory duty, or malfeasance of a legislator, a candidate, or executive branch employee.
SB163 clarifies reporting requirements for independent campaign expenditures.
These bills cover the major areas contained in IM22 with the notable exception of the “democracy credits” program. There appears to be no legislative support for using taxpayer dollars to pay for political campaigns.
One of the first things legislators learn is that you cannot judge a bill by its title. Not all of these bills are well-written or will accomplish anything. However, through the committee hearing process, South Dakotans will have a chance to weigh in on these ideas and help develop laws that are good for our state.
You can follow the progress of these bills on the Legislative Research Council website at
sdlegislature.gov. You will be able to see when these bills are scheduled for committee hearing and come to Pierre to testify on them. You can always email me at Mary.Duvall@sdlegislature.gov.
I appreciate your comments and suggestions on these and other issues.