Attorney General Explanation Released for Constitutional Amendment Regarding Initiated and Referred Measures

Attorney General Explanation Released for Constitutional Amendment Regarding Initiated and Referred Measures

 PIERRE, S.D. – South Dakota Attorney General Marty Jackley announced today an Attorney General Explanation for a proposed constitutional amendment has been filed with the Secretary of State. This explanation is for a revised amendment submitted by the sponsor. The Attorney General Explanation for this prior version of this  amendment was filed June 5, 2017. The explanation will appear on a petition that will be circulated by the sponsor of the amendment. If the sponsor obtains a sufficient number of signatures (27,741) by November 6, 2017, as certified by the Secretary of State, the amendment will be placed on the ballot for the November 2018 general election.

The amendment is entitled “An initiated amendment to the South Dakota Constitution regarding initiated and referred measures.”

Under South Dakota law, the Attorney General is responsible for preparing explanations for proposed initiated measures, referred laws, and South Dakota Constitutional Amendments. Specifically, the explanation includes a title, an objective, clear and simple summary of the purpose and effect of the proposed amendment and a description of the legal consequences. The Attorney General Explanation is not a statement either for or against the proposed amendment.

AG Statement Regarding Initiated and Referred Measures by Pat Powers on Scribd

To date the Attorney General has released Attorney General Explanations for the following:

  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
  7. An amendment to the South Dakota Constitution regarding initiated and referred measures
  8. An initiated amendment to the South Dakota Constitution changing campaign finance and lobbying laws, creating a government accountability board, and changing certain initiative and referendum provisions (VERSION #1)
  9. An initiated amendment to the South Dakota Constitution changing campaign finance and lobbying laws, creating a government accountability board, and changing certain initiative and referendum provisions (VERSION #2)
  10. An initiated amendment to the South Dakota Constitution changing campaign finance and lobbying laws, and creating a government accountability board (VERSION #3)
  11. An initiated amendment to the South Dakota Constitution changing campaign finance and lobbying laws, and creating a government accountability board (VERSION #4)
  12. An initiated amendment to the South Dakota Constitution establishing open primary elections
  13. An initiated amendment to the South Dakota Constitution providing for state legislative redistricting by a commission
  14. An initiated measure prohibiting contributions to ballot question committees by non-residents, out-of-state political committees, and entities that are not filed with the Secretary of State
  15. An initiated measure increasing the State tobacco tax and creating a postsecondary technical institute fund for the purposes of lowering student tuition and providing financial support to the State postsecondary technical (VERSION #1)
  16. An initiated measure increasing the State tobacco tax and creating a postsecondary technical institute fund for the purposes of lowering student tuition and providing financial support to the State postsecondary technical (VERSION #2)

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4 Replies to “Attorney General Explanation Released for Constitutional Amendment Regarding Initiated and Referred Measures”

  1. Anonymous

    7 years before we can change our constitution…what a moronic idea….NO on everything

  2. Anonymous

    16 ballot measures! this is crazy! the Legislature needs to get a handle on this process the liberals are going crazy.

  3. Joe

    These initiated measures are getting ridiculous. A traditionally understood republican form of government would empower the people of the state to elect legislators who then vote on these matters.
    The overuse of the initiated measure process, the 17th Amendment popular election of U.S. Senators, and society’s obsession with POTUS/federal government has made state legislatures completely impotent. It’s sad because these legislators are much closer to us and could be empowered to do a good job and much more easily held accountable if they don’t.