Two panels of state senators defeated two pieces of legislation Wednesday that were intended to affect streams of political advertising money from outside South Dakota.
The Senate Judiciary Committee killed HB 1200 from Rep. Mark Mickelson, R-Sioux Falls, that would have required listing the 50 largest donors to organizations and committees that spent $25,000 or more in a 12-month period on a ballot-measure campaign.
The Senate State Affairs Committee tried to pass but then killed HB 1074 from Rep. Spencer Gosch, R-Glenham, that would have enacted a four-year limit of $100,000 from an out-of-state contributor to a ballot question committee.
The House of Representatives previously had approved the two measures.
Opposing the bills Wednesday were a combination of interest groups including electric utilities, South Dakota Chamber of Commerce, retailers, National Rifle Association, Americans for Prosperity, Family Heritage Alliance Action, National Association for Gun Rights and Foundation for Government Accountability.