Attorney General Marty Jackley Plans Push for Harsher Conflict of Interest Laws
PIERRE, S.D. (AP) — Attorney General Marty Jackley says he plans to push for legislation requiring state agencies to notify his office when criminal conflicts of interest appear.
The Argus Leader reports that Jackley plans to work with lawmakers next session to aim harsher penalties at people who benefit from conflicts of interest.
South Dakota recently has been home to scandals including alleged theft and an attempted cover-up at a Platte-based educational cooperative and what authorities say is financial misconduct involving the EB-5 visa program.
Jackley says he's frustrated he can't bring conflict-of-interest charges in either case, though people involved face other felony charges.
A top aide to Gov. Dennis Daugaard says the governor thinks recently passed conflict laws have helped, and that Daugaard is working with Jackley on legislation for 2017.
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