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Federal judge says he’ll rule quickly on out-of-state contribution ban

A Federal Judge in Aberdeen will likely have a ruling soon on South Dakota’s IM24.

US District Judge Charles Kornmann told attorneys Friday that he would issue a written opinion on the matter of South Dakota’s ban on out of state contributions to ballot question initiatives as early as this week and no later than June first.

Kornmann says because the new law must be enacted on July first, he is preparing to rule on a permanent injunction.

Judge Kornmann surprised many in the courtroom, offering his thoughts on the case and expressing concerns with the law. The judge says, among other things, he’s concerned that “this thing prohibits contributions in the form of volunteers from out of state.”

He also pointed out the law does not make an effort to limit out of state contributions to elected officials and only impacts ballot question committees.

Judge Kornmann concluded Friday’s hearing saying that he planned to rule very quickly.

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