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Petitions will circulate to keep SD Legislature from circumventing voter-approved laws

Supporters of Initiated Measure 22 protest in front of the South Dakota capitol building...
Supporters of Initiated Measure 22 protest in front of the South Dakota capitol building during the 2017 Legislature.. (photo by Patrick Callahan, SDBA) (KOTA)
Published: Jun. 5, 2017 at 11:29 AM MDT
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Petitions for a constitutional amendment to stop South Dakota’s Legislature from circumventing voter-approved laws can be circulated now that the Attorney General’s Office issued the official explanation of the measure.

In the explanation for the “Constitutional Amendment Regarding Initiated and Referred Measures,” Attorney General Marty Jackley said:

“Under the amendment, if an initiated or referred measure is approved by voters and becomes law, it cannot be repealed or amended by the Legislature for seven years, except by two-thirds vote of each legislative chamber. This restriction likewise applies to municipal governing bodies.”

The constitutional amendment was sparked by the Legislature’s killing of Initiated Measure 22. That measure was an effort to rework ethics rules for South Dakota but was set aside by lawmakers who claimed it was unconstitutional.

You can read Jackley’s explanation by

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Petitioners need 27,741 valid voter signatures by Nov. 6, 2017, to place the constitutional amendment on the November 2018 general election ballot.

Petitions are also being circulated for these measures:

1. An initiated measure requiring students to use rooms designated for the same biological sex, and requiring public schools to provide a reasonable accommodation for students whose gender identity is not the same as their biological sex

2. An initiated measure authorizing a South Dakota-licensed physician to prescribe drugs that a terminally ill patient may take for the purpose of ending life

3. An initiated measure to legalize marijuana for medical use

4. An initiated measure to legalize certain amounts of marijuana, drugs made from marijuana, and drug paraphernalia, and to regulate and tax marijuana establishments

5. An initiated measure requiring people to use certain rooms designated for the same biological sex

6. An initiated measure to legalize all quantities of marijuana

You can review all the potential 2018 ballot issues at this

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