South Dakota panel moves to curb out-of-state money for initiatives

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) - Republican lawmakers fighting out-of-state influence in ballot question campaigns are pushing to restrict the flow of money from outside South Dakota for the second legislative session in a row.

The House State Affairs Committee voted 7-6 Wednesday to move the bill to the full chamber. It hasn't yet gone through the Senate.

It would restrict out-of-state donors to $100,000 in contributions to a South Dakota ballot question campaign per general election cycle.

Republican Rep. Spencer Gosch, the sponsor, says out-of-state money drowns out the voices of people in South Dakota.

Republican Rep. David Lust, who opposed it, says the bill will be found to be unconstitutional.

The plan is among proposals lawmakers are considering on out-of-state influence in ballot measure campaigns. It failed in a Senate committee last year.

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