NPR: South Dakotans Voted For Tougher Ethics Laws, But Lawmakers Object (In the News)

NPR: South Dakotans Voted For Tougher Ethics Laws, But Lawmakers Object

By Peter Overby

South Dakota’s citizen-led experiment to “drain the swamp” of political corruption appears to have lasted less than three months.

Lawmakers in the state Senate voted 27-8 Wednesday to repeal the voter-approved initiative and send the measure to the governor. The legislation was given emergency status so it would take effect immediately when the governor applies his signature – which he said he expects to do.
The state’s voters supported Donald Trump in a landslide last November. They also gave a 51 percent majority to a ballot initiative called the South Dakota Accountability and Anti-Corruption Act… 

Some critics say the initiative is a bait-and-switch, promising to drain the swamp but then suppressing free speech.

“The bait is anti-corruption, right?” said Scott Blackburn, a research fellow at the anti-regulatory Center for Competitive Politics in Alexandria, Va. “The switch is then to target a broad array of charitable organizations, and anyone who falls even close to the purview of talking about something kind of campaign related.”