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South Dakota tries to limit outsiders’ money in initiatives

February 14, 2017 GMT

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) — Top South Dakota Republicans are moving to stem the flow of out-of-state money into its ballot question campaigns after millions of dollars poured in last fall seeking to influence a long list of voter initiatives.

An amendment to South Dakota’s bill set to be considered in committee Wednesday would limit ballot question campaigns to $100,000 in out-of-state contributions per general election cycle.

South Dakota is one of at least two states, along with Arizona, considering such legislation, which experts say likely wouldn’t survive a legal challenge. An aide to South Dakota Gov. Dennis Daugaard said that the Republican executive believes it’s a concept worth defending in court.

Since Election Day, when voters decided 10 ballot measures, Republicans have frequently complained about out-of-state interests experimenting with South Dakota’s laws and constitution.