ADVERTISEMENT

ADVERTISEMENT

House committee will discuss IM 22 repeal this afternoon

PIERRE -- The House State Affairs Committee is set to discuss this afternoon a repeal Initiated Measure 22. That's the so-called anti-corruption measure approved by voters in November. The committee meets at 3 p.m. in the Capitol. House Bill 1069...

1538851+capitol.jpg
(The Daily Republic file photo)

PIERRE - The House State Affairs Committee is set to discuss this afternoon a repeal Initiated Measure 22.

That’s the so-called anti-corruption measure approved by voters in November.

The committee meets at 3 p.m. in the Capitol.

House Bill 1069 would repeal the entire measure, which caps gifts to legislators, creates an ethics committee and creates a program that would allow residents to contribute as much as $6 million per year in tax money to political campaigns.

Almost immediately after it was approved, some state lawmakers raised concerns about whether the measure is constitutional. Since, a judge has issued an injunction against its implementation, the result of a civil lawsuit filing.

ADVERTISEMENT

A host of Republican legislators are involved in the lawsuit. Among their concerns are that IM 22 restricts their ability to go to constituent events at which food is served and that it affects their ability to work some jobs.

Given the significant number of sponsors - 49 in the House and 27 in the Senate - it’s almost certain the bill will pass. And Gov. Dennis Daugaard has already said he supports scrapping the measure.

It seems likely, however, that bills will be introduced addressing at least some parts of IM 22.

What To Read Next
Lawmakers have said it is likely only one is affordable at this time without cutting programs or adding other taxes or revenue streams
Members Only
Although Mitchell's rates would be increase, the proposed equitable rate structure could lessen the increased costs for residential customers' water and sewer bills.
“We see that when things happen in the coastal areas, a few years later, they start trending toward the Midwest,” said Rep. Ben Krohmer, serving his first term in the House.
“This is sensationalism at its finest, and it does not deserve to be heard in our state capitol,” Rep. Erin Healy, a Democrat and one of 10 votes against the bill in the 70-person chamber, said.