Battle over ethics law among South Dakota's top '17 stories

(AP) - South Dakota lawmakers were among the state's busiest newsmakers in 2017 - as usual - with a range of moves that included recasting some of the measures approved by voters just a few months earlier.

The GOP-controlled Legislature wasn't entirely happy with a measure that created a public campaign finance system, established an ethics panel and tightened lobbying and campaign finance laws. They passed bills covering some of the same ground, but supporters of the original overhaul argued it wasn't enough.

Other big stories included Disney and ABC settling a lawsuit brought by a South Dakota meat producer over so-called "pink slime," a jury acquitting a consultant who helped an Indian tribe try to develop a marijuana resort, and a fugitive polygamous leader being captured near Yankton.

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