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State Ethics Commission, 1975 - 1979


Scope and Contents

From the Record Group: This record group contains records created and/or maintained by the South Dakota Secretary of State and includes accounting ledgers; county organization records; corporation annual reports; domestic and foreign incorporation records; trademark registration applications and certificates; notary public applications, oaths, and bonds; lobbyist registers; election returns; political party records; executive appointments, orders, and proclamations; and state board and commission meeting minutes and correspondence.


  • 1975 - 1979

Administrative History

The nine-member South Dakota Ethics Commission was created by the South Dakota State Legislature (SDCL 12-25A) in 1975 and operated under the department of the Secretary of State. The Office of the Secretary of State served as the depository for all commission materials per SDCL 12-25A-8. The stated goals of the commission were 1) educating candidates and the public on procedures for financial reporting and fair campaign practices; 2) prescribing and improving reporting forms, instruction manuals, rules, and a code of ethics; 3) conducting annual audits of financial statements as prescribed by SDCL 12-25-13.2; 4) investigating campaign practices, potential violations, and sworn complaints; and 5) recommending legislative changes and reporting annually on activities. The state law establishing the commission was repealed during the 1979 legislative session (SL 1979, ch 108, ยง 9). The majority of complaints brought before the commission between 1976 and 1979 were dismissed.


1.5 Cubic Feet

Language of Materials

From the Record Group: English

Repository Details

Part of the South Dakota State Archives Repository

900 Governors Dr
Pierre South Dakota 57501 USA
605-773-6041 (Fax)