BROOKINGS, S.D. (AP) — Supporters of a South Dakota government ethics ballot question are counting on lingering frustration over the state Legislature’s repeal of a similar measure last year to help pass the November initiative.
It would replace pieces of the original measure and block lawmakers from scrapping future voter-approved laws. Meanwhile, frustrated lawmakers are targeting the ballot question system. They point to a deluge of out-of-state money financing initiative campaigns.
They’re asking voters to bar initiative contributions from outside South Dakota and make the state constitution harder to change.
Voters on Tuesday will have the chance to decide the balance of power over the ballot question system in South Dakota, which in 1898 became the first state in the nation to adopt citizen initiatives.