A Look At The Bills Replacing Initiated Measure 22

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Governor Dennis Daugaard announced he signed House Bill 1069, officially repealing the voter passed Initiated Measure 22. With the ballot measure in the rear-view mirror, lawmakers will be spending their time in Pierre discussing a variety of bills dealing with government ethics. 

Senate Bill 27 aims to give stiffer penalties to state officials who use taxpayer money illegally. Currently it’s a misdemeanor in the state. Attorney General Marty Jackley says that makes it more difficult for prosecution in cases like the EB-5 and Gear Up scandals. This bill just passed through the full senate and is heading to the house. 

House Bill 1052 gives protections to public employees who report violations. Representative Don Haggar says that bill just went through a house committee Wednesday. 

House Bill 1134 also gives protections to whistle blowers. It is scheduled for a House State Affairs reading on Friday. 

Senate Bill 151 would create a procedure to clarify where people can make a written complaint of misconduct and the procedure after the complaint. 

Senate Bill 171 is a bipartisan measure that would create a Government Accountability Task Force to look at many of the issues brought up by IM 22. That bill was introduced Thursday and will head to the State Affairs Committee. 

House Bill 1073 looks at gifts to public officials from lobbyists. This bi-partisan bill hasn’t reached committee. 

Senate Bill 131 states no elected officer would be registered as a lobbyist, other than a public employee lobbyist, for at least two years after they leave their position with state government. Currently the cut-off is one year. 

House Bill 1076 would create a State Government Accountability Board, and Senate Bill 53 would create a campaign finance ethics commission. 

House Bill 1089 handles state transparency and accountability. In the bill it states any person may file a signed written complaint with the Division of Criminal Investigation alleging either fraud, bribery, or a violation of a lobbyist gift ban. 

Senate Bill 54 was introduced by Secretary of State Shantel Krebs. The bill clarifies campaign finance requirements.

House Bill 1128 takes a look at conflict of interest with legislators. The House State Affairs committee is still scheduled to look at the bill. 

Senate Bill 163 would require any person or organization that gives more than $100 for an independent expenditure would have to communicate the purpose.

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