- Associated Press - Wednesday, March 4, 2015

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) - A legislative panel has approved a measure to change the state’s so-called “Daschle law” that bars a presidential candidate from seeking another office on the same South Dakota ballot.

The Senate State Affairs Committee voted 6-2 Wednesday for a proposal to strip away the prohibition.

The original Republican-backed measure that passed in 2002 faced criticism from Democrats for targeting then-U.S. Senate Majority Leader Tom Daschle, who was considered a possible Democratic presidential candidate in 2004.

State Senate Majority Leader Tim Rave says the 2002 law “was probably not the right policy choice.” Rave says the plan isn’t aimed at South Dakota’s current congressional delegation.

Democratic Sen. Bernie Hunhoff opposes the measure because he says Republicans are pushing it simply because they have the “raw power” to do so.

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