(SD)-Ethics Constitutional Amendment Makes SD Ballot
PIERRE, S.D. (AP) - Supporters of a proposed government ethics constitutional amendment turned in enough valid signatures to put it before voters next year. The amendment is the first question to make the November ballot.
Backers turned in about 50,000 signatures and needed nearly 28,000 to be valid. A random sampling by the secretary of state's office found that roughly 71% were valid.
The initiative would tighten campaign finance and lobbying restrictions, create an independent ethics commission and prevent the Legislature from altering or rejecting laws approved by voters without returning to the ballot, among other provisions.
Voters approved a similar measure last year, only to see the Republican-dominated Legislature repeal it and pass individual measures restoring some of the provision. Backers complained that the new versions were watered down and inadequate, leading to the new petition drive.
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