Democratic lawmakers in South Dakota plan to renew their push for a state ethics commission as questions mount about the handling of public funds at an educational cooperative after an apparent murder-suicide involving two employees.
Rep. Peggy Gibson says she'll make another attempt at creating an ethics panel in the upcoming session, spurred on by last month's events surrounding Platte-based Mid-Central Educational Cooperative. Authorities are investigating former employee Scott Westerhuis' personal finances and his management of the organization as they search for a motive in the killings.
Gibson, who sponsored an ethics commission proposal last session in the wake of the state's EB-5 visa program scandal, said South Dakota needs more government oversight.
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