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Sat Oct 21, 2017, 11:57 PM

Ethics amendment campaign submits signatures for 2018 ballot

PIERRE, S.D. - Supporters of a proposed government ethics constitutional amendment have turned in more than 50,000 signatures to put the measure on the 2018 ballot, the initiative campaign said Wednesday.

The amendment would tighten campaign finance and lobbying restrictions, create an independent ethics commission and require that laws changing the ballot question process pass a public vote, among other provisions. Supporters need nearly 28,000 valid signatures for it to go before voters in 2018.

The Secretary of State’s office says the amendment is the first 2018 ballot question officials have received for review. The office will conduct a random sampling of the signatures to determine their validity.

The proposal would replace a voter-imposed ethics overhaul called Initiated Measure 22 that South Dakota lawmakers repealed this year.

Read more: http://www.argusleader.com/story/news/politics/2017/10/18/ethics-amendment-campaign-submits-signatures-2018-ballot/777276001/

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