SD lawmaker floats plan for more financial reporting of ballot measures

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PIERRE, S.D. (AP) - Some South Dakota officials are open to considering more financial reporting requirements for ballot measure campaigns while supporters are shopping initiatives to voters for signatures.

Ballot question campaigns pursuing causes from government ethics to looser marijuana laws are now collecting signatures before next month's submission deadline to get on the 2018 ballot. But campaign finance rules don't require them to show the voters who is paying for the push until next year.

After being contacted by The Associated Press, a state senator said he's having legislation drafted and would solicit feedback from other lawmakers ahead of the 2018 session.

Democratic Sen. Reynold Nesiba says he plans to run the preliminary idea by members of a legislative panel that met this year to weigh changes to South Dakota's ballot question process.