Author Topic: South Dakota GOP uses 'emergency' rules to repeal anti-corruption law  (Read 407 times)

0 Members and 1 Guest are viewing this topic.

Offline Suppressed

  • Member
  • Hero Member
  • ****
  • Posts: 10,102
South Dakota GOP uses 'emergency' rules to repeal anti-corruption law
By Gregory Krieg, CNN
Updated 6:45 PM ET, Thu February 2, 2017

(CNN)South Dakota Republicans on Thursday repealed a historic anti-corruption law approved by voters in a statewide referendum on Election Day.

The measure, which passed with more than 51% backing in November, would have created an independent ethics commission, limited lobbyist gifts to lawmakers, banned officials from joining lobbying firms for two years after leaving office and created so-called "Democracy vouchers" for registered voters to steer toward their preferred candidates.

But state GOP lawmakers said they didn't think voters knew what they were doing.

Gov. Dennis Daugaard, a Republican, signed the repeal bill on Thursday night. In a budget address delivered after the November referendum, he claimed the public had been "hoodwinked by scam artists who grossly misrepresented these proposed measures."

Republican legislators pushed the bill using an "emergency" clause that allows for the reversal to take effect immediately and now prevents voters from initiating a new referendum campaign in response.

"In the outside world, I'm a simple geologist. But in here .... I am Falcor, Defender of the Alliance" --Randy Marsh

"He's so dumb he thinks a Mexican border pays rent." --Foghorn Leghorn

Online Free Vulcan

  • Member
  • Hero Member
  • ****
  • Posts: 10,131
  • Ah, the air is so much fresher here...
Re: South Dakota GOP uses 'emergency' rules to repeal anti-corruption law
« Reply #1 on: January 26, 2018, 04:32:16 PM »
While this smells, I'm always reminded of how Sarah Palin was sued out of office by nuisance complaints, so reserving judgement till the rest of the story develops, which CNN provides little detail of.
And a country boy will survive.

Share me

Digg  Facebook  SlashDot  Delicious  Technorati  Twitter  Google  Yahoo