Opponents ask judge to keep entire ethics overhaul on hold

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PIERRE, S.D. (AP) - Foes of a government ethics overhaul are asking a South Dakota judge not to salvage parts of the law he put on hold while a court challenge moves forward.

A group of Republican lawmakers and others asked the court in a legal filing this week to keep the entire law on hold. The attorney general's office and the law's sponsors previously asked the court to reinstate provisions including lower campaign contribution caps.

Circuit Judge Mark Barnett last week issued a preliminary injunction, ruling that an ethics commission, public campaign funding appropriation and legislator gift limitations may be unconstitutional.

But he also invited input on portions that could be "saved."

The challengers argue in part that the provisions supporters are trying to save can't function effectively without the ethics commission.

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12/15/2016 9:08:50 AM (GMT -7:00)