Government ethics overhaul supporters rally outside Capitol

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) - Supporters of a voter-approved government ethics overhaul are urging state lawmakers not to repeal the initiative.

Roughly a dozen Initiated Measure 22 backers gathered Tuesday outside the state Capitol on the first day of the 2017 legislative session.

Supporter Mark Winegar says that the government should follow the will of the people.

The measure that passed in November instituted a public campaign finance system, tightened campaign finance and lobbying laws and created an ethics commission.

Doug Kronaizl is a spokesman for pro-Initiated Measure 22 group Represent South Dakota. He says that repealing the law would set a bad precedent.

The group is a local chapter of Represent.Us, a Massachusetts-based organization working to reduce the influence of money in politics that helped fund the South Dakota ballot measure campaign.

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