What is with their fierce aversion to ethical oversight?
South Dakota Republican are on the verge of doing something that backfired spectacularly for congressional Republicans earlier this year: Getting rid of an independent ethics commission.
What is a politically tricky endeavor for any lawmaking body could be*even more precarious for the state's lawmakers, given the commission they want to cut was approved by 51 percent of voters in a ballot initiative this November. The independent commission was part of a larger ethics reform package voters approved that put limits on campaign finance and lobbying access.
State lawmakers met Monday to debate repeal of the entire law, and Republican leaders say the bill could be on the governor's desk by the end of the week. Gov. Dennis Daugaard (R) has indicated he'd sign a repeal. In his December budget address, he lambasted the ethics package, declaring voters were hoodwinked by scam artists who grossly misrepresented these proposed measures.
As Daugaard's rhetoric suggests, Republican opposition to the voter-approved ethics package has been fierce.
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