PIERRE - The Democratic and Republican candidates for governor agree the state Board of Internal Control should be kept to help stop corruption.
And both also want to go beyond what the Republican team of Gov. Dennis Daugaard and Lt. Gov. Matt Michels asked the Legislature to establish in 2016.
Senate Democratic leader Billie Sutton of Burke said he was proud to vote for the board's creation.
Senators approved it 35-0. The House followed at 65-2. The law requires the board to meet at least quarterly.
"I hear from voters every day that are frustrated with government's dishonesty, complacency, corruption, and elected officials willing to ignore holes in oversight and accountability measures," Sutton said.
"Restoring our shared values of honesty, integrity, and hard work in state government, increasing oversight, ending conflicts of interest, reforming campaign finance laws, and ensuring open and transparent government records will be the first issues I address as governor," he promised.
Republican U.S. Rep. Kristi Noem said, "South Dakota should be making headlines for all the good things we do, rather than the scandals and mismanagement that have surfaced in recent years."
She said the board could broaden its perspective beyond financial risks and look at other areas such as physical security, cyber-security and document management.
"As governor, I will work to throw open the doors - not only of the state capital, but also encouraging county commission offices and school boards to give unprecedented access to the government decision-making process," Noem said.
She wants live-streaming meetings of state boards, county commissions and school boards.
Noem said she also would seek to modernize state government's public-records site Open.SD.gov, enable independent reporting to hold state and local governments accountable, limit confidential settlement agreements and review open-meetings laws.
"Voters have supported government integrity measures at the ballot box. I hear them, and I am committed to delivering a more accountable state government to them," she said.