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WASHINGTON — An initiative that would have attempted to cap drug prices in South Dakota was removed from the statewide ballot by a judge on Monday, the second time that a court has prevented such a measure from going before voters in the 2018 election.

The ruling came after a court determined the measure’s supporters had improperly gathered some of the signatures necessary to qualify it for the ballot, according to the initiative’s biotech-backed opposition.


A District of Columbia elections board also ruled in January against a nearly identical measure being placed on the ballot in 2018.

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