Appeal Of IM 22 Injunction Filed With South Dakota Supreme Court

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A lobbying group has filed an appeal with the South Dakota Supreme Court after a circuit judge placed an injunction on Initiated Measure 22.

Circuit Judge Mark Barnett put the proposed legislation on hold at the request of Republican lawmakers, who say parts of IM22 are unconstitutional. When Attorney General Marty Jackley asked the court to reinstate parts of the law, Barnett ruled that the legislation could not be separated out.

Represent South Dakota spokesperson Doug Kronaizl said the court and lawmakers should allow the Supreme Court to review the law and decide whether it is constitutional.

Earlier this month, Gov. Dennis Daugaard signaled his support to have the law repealed during his State of the State address in Pierre.

Initiated Measure 22 — or the South Dakota Anti-Corruption Act — focuses on limiting financial gifts given to state officials and calls for the creation of a new State Board of Elections.

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