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(SD)-Petition Drive Planned For Ethics Constitutional Amendment

By: John Axtell Posted at: 04/07/2017 11:18 AM
PIERRE, S.D. (AP) - Supporters of South Dakota's voter-imposed government ethics initiative repealed by Republican lawmakers this year plan to start another initiative drive to put an anti-corruption constitutional amendment on the ballot next year.
     Spokesmah Doug Kronaizi of Represent South Dakota, the group behind both last year's measure and the proposed constitutional amendment, says supporters view another initiative as a necessary response to the Legislature's "brazen repeal" of the government ethics overhaul .

      Lawmakers did pass bills this year intended to replace some provisions of the initiative, but Kronaizl says supporters of the overhaul feel the replacements fall short of what the voters passed. He says the push is about returning power to everyday South Dakota residents.
     Represent South Dakota would have to submit nearly 28,000 valid signatures to the Secretary of State by November to put the amendment before the voters next year.


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