South Dakota legislators have decided to give people a second chance on campaign violations.
The state Senate voted 27-7 Wednesday for a grace period to correct them.
HB 1189 now heads to Governor Kristi Noem for her consideration.
A state official who becomes aware of a violation would have to let the person know and wait up to seven days to see if the problem gets cured.
Senator Craig Kennedy, a Yankton Democrat, said getting a warning means a person likely wouldn’t face the second-degree misdemeanor that’s already in state law.
Kennedy acknowledged that it probably was unintentional.
Senator Jeff Monroe, a Pierre Republican, gave examples of other second-chances already in state laws
“I don’t think there’s anything really out of line about this,” Monroe said.