Constitutional Amendment R
An Amendment to the South Dakota Constitution regarding postsecondary technical education institutes.
Currently the four technical institutes, Lake Area Technical Institute, Mitchell Technical Institute, Southeast Technical Institute, and Western Dakota Technical Institute are governed by the school boards of their local school districts. When the constitution was written, there were no technical institutes.
A “Yes” vote updates South Dakota’s constitution to recognize Technical Education as the third form of education in SD. It does not change local control, nor does it establish a state level oversight board. www.rforjobs.org
A “No” vote leaves technical education out of the constitution. No opponent site as of 8/23/16.
Constitutional Amendment S
An initiated amendment to the South Dakota Constitution to expand the rights for crime victims
Currently most of the rights listed in the amendment are in South Dakota’s codified law, and the state is implementing the SAVIN system, Statewide Automated Victim Information Notification.
A vote “Yes” will put victim’s rights in the Constitution, where updating and changing are very difficult. www.marsyslaw.us
A vote “No” will leave the Constitution as it is and allow changes to victims’ right laws to be easier through the legislative process. There are numerous ‘no’ articles on newspaper web pages, which require a subscription. Here is a link to a radio spot on it. You may need to cut and paste.
Constitutional Amendment T
An initiated amendment to the South Dakota Constitution to provide for state legislative redistricting by a commission
State senators and representatives are elected from within legislative districts. The South Dakota Constitution currently requires the Legislature to establish these legislative districts every ten years. Some say this has led to gerrymandering. This amendment creates a redistricting commission composed of nine members of which no more than three can be from the same political party; and members cannot have served in public office or been a political party official.
A vote “Yes” will change the Constitution so that a commission instead of legislators will determine legislative boundaries. http://www.yesont.us
A vote “No” will leave the Constitution as it is—a legislative committee will determine the boundaries. No opponent site as of 8/23/16.
Constitutional Amendment U
An initiated amendment to the South Dakota Constitution limiting the ability to set statutory interest rates for loans.
Under this constitutional amendment, there is no limit on the amount of interest a lender may charge for a loan of money if the interest rate is agreed to in writing by the borrower. Proponents claim that this amendment restricts rates to 18%. That is not a true statement.
A vote “Yes” will add provisions to the Constitution that limit the state’s ability to set interest rates for loans. No proponent site as of 8/24/16
A vote “No” will leave the Constitution as it is; interest rates can be set by the state. www.captheratesd.com
Constitutional Amendment V
An initiated amendment to the South Dakota Constitution establishing nonpartisan elections
Currently, most general election candidates for federal, state, and county offices are selected through a partisan primary or at a state party convention. This Constitutional amendment eliminates those methods by establishing a nonpartisan primary to select candidates for all federal, state, and county elected offices–not presidential elections. All qualified voters, regardless of party affiliation, may vote for any candidate of their choice. There will be no party affiliation listed on the ballot.
A vote “Yes” will add provisions to the Constitution to establish nonpartisan elections. http://www.sdnonpartisandemocracy.com/
A vote “No” will leave the Constitution as is. http://www.votenoonv.com/
Initiated Measure 21
An initiated measure to set a maximum finance charge for certain licensed money lenders.
The initiated measure prohibits certain state-licensed money lenders (payday lenders) from making a loan that imposes total interest, fees and charges at an annual percentage rate greater than 36%.
A vote “Yes” will limit the interest on payday loans to 36%. www.captheratesd.com
A vote “No” will leave the rates unregulated. No opponent site as of 8/24/16
Initiated Measure 22
An initiated measure to revise State campaign finance and lobbying laws, create a publicly funded campaign finance program, create an ethics commission, and appropriate funds.
This measure extensively revises State campaign finance laws. It requires additional disclosures and increased reporting. It lowers contribution amounts to political action committees, political parties, and candidates for statewide, legislative, or county office. It also imposes limits on contributions from candidate campaign committees, political action committees, and political parties. The measure creates a publicly funded campaign finance program for statewide and legislative candidates who choose to participate and agree to limits on campaign contributions and expenditures
A vote “Yes” will revise the state’s campaign finance and lobbying laws. www.yes22.org
A vote “No” will leave things as they are. www.defeat22.com
Initiated Measure 23
An initiated measure to give certain organizations the right to charge fees.
The measure gives corporate organizations and non-profit organizations, including unions, the right to charge a fee for any service provided.
A vote “Yes” will allow fees to be charged. http://www.voteyes23.org/
A vote “No” is against the measure. https://www.facebook.com/Defending-Workers-Rights-South-Dakota-225196397881164/.
Referred Law 19
An Act to revise State laws regarding elections and election petitions
Referred Law 19 is a referral of law passed by the state legislature in 2015, SB 69. The law changes candidate petition deadline dates, requires more signatures on candidate petitions, changes the criteria for withdrawing from a campaign, and takes away the right of Republicans and Democrats to sign the petitions of Independent candidates.
A vote “Yes” will revise state laws regarding elections and election petitions. No site available as of 8/24/16
A vote “No” keeps current election laws in force. No site available as of 8/24/16.
Referred Law 20
An Act lowering the State minimum wage for non-tipped employees under age 18.
In November of 2014, South Dakota voters passed Initiated Measure 18, a measure that increased the state’s minimum wage from $7.25 per hour to $8.50. During the 2015 session SB 177 passed, It allows employers to pay a minimum wage of $7.50 to employees under the age of 18.
A vote “Yes” will lower the minimum wage to $7.50 per hour for non-tipped employees under age 18. No site available as of 8/24/16.
A vote “No” keeps the law intact—the minimum wage will be the same for all employees. No site available as of 8/24/16.
Constitutional amendments change the State Constitution. The Constitution cannot be changed by the legislature; changes must be voted on by the people. Constitutional amendments can be placed on the ballot by a resolution of the legislature or through the petition process.
Referred laws are laws that have been passed by the legislature, but a party has petitioned the state to have the law referred to a vote of the people. The petitioning process is extensive, requiring over 13,000 validated signatures within a certain time frame. The law will not go into effect if the referred measure passes. If one does not want the law to go into effect, a ‘no’ vote is needed.
Initiated measures are measures that have been petitioned by a member of the public to be placed on the ballot. Again, it’s an extensive process. They are new laws that do not need to be approved by the legislature.
Full texts of each measure and the Attorney General’s opinions (some of which were paraphrased here) can be read at www.sdsos.gov.
How will I vote?
__ __ Constitutional Amendment R
__ __ Constitutional Amendment S
__ __ Constitutional Amendment T
__ __ Constitutional Amendment U
__ __ Constitutional Amendment V
__ __ Initiated Measure 21
__ __ Initiated Measure 22
__ __ Initiated Measure 23
__ __ Referred Law 19
__ __ Referred Law 20
Your vote is your voice.