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Foes file lawsuit challenging voter-approved ethics measure

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) – A group of Republican lawmakers and others are going to court to block a government ethics overhaul just approved by voters this month.

Their lawsuit filed in state court Wednesday challenges the constitutionality of the ballot measure that took effect last week.

Foes of the measure argue that provisions including an ethics commission, public campaign funding and limitations on lobbyist gifts run afoul of the state or federal constitutions – or both.

Voters narrowly approved the measure after supporters billed it as an anti-corruption package that would improve transparency.

A supporter of the measure said he hadn’t yet seen the lawsuit and couldn’t comment.

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