South Dakota Legislature members are grappling with the reality of how Initiated Measure 22 might change the way they perform their duties.
Just hours after South Dakota voters adopted Initiated Measure 22 in an election-night surprise, the establishment’s outrage machine kicked in.
An overdue effort to revise lobbying and campaign finance laws while establishing a state ethics commission was portrayed as an uppity annoyance for powerful people in Pierre.
Gov. Dennis Daugaard derided IM 22 as a “mess,” bemoaning the public financing of political campaigns. Tony Venhuizen, Daugaard’s chief of staff, said the measure was “very badly drafted and vague,” with lobbying restrictions that could cause legislators and other officials to leave their posts.