Marsy’s Law changes face possible public vote

PIERRE, S.D. (SDBA) - Changes to the state’s constitution and Marsy’s law in particular could be on the ballot for this June’s primary.

In what’s known as hoghousing, Speaker of the House Mark Mickelson amended HB 1162 before the Senate Appropriations Committee to allocate $200,000 dollars to the Secretary of State’s office and put the issue on the June primary.

The appropriation would be for the counties to pay costs that would be added for creating special ballots necessary to add a constitutional amendment to a primary ballot for all voters, not just the official party ballots.

Opponents believe this is being rushed and should be on the November general election ballot.

The committee passed the amendment on a party line vote of 7 to 2 and will head to the full senate.