South Dakota lawmakers should give serious consideration this winter to resurrecting the ethics commission — a nonpartisan, independent panel that would hear complaints and reviews of governmental ethics violations — that this state ditched in 1979.
Yes, they SHOULD ... but smart money says they won’t.
A proposal calling for such a panel is promised from Democratic Rep. Peggy Gibson. South Dakota is one of only nine states lacking a watchdog ethics board, according to StateIntegrity.org
However, you can’t escape the feeling that the proposal will be one of those ideas that will die in some committee far removed from the main legislative floors.
Such an off-hand fate, should it come about, feels rather ironic these days.
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