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(SD)-Constitutional Amendment Bill Moves To SD House Floor

By: John Axtell Posted at: 02/26/2018 01:46 PM
PIERRE, S.D. (AP) - The South Dakota House State Affairs Committee has sent to the floor a constitutional amendment requiring future amendments to get at least 55% of the votes in an election to pass instead of the current majority.

       The proposed amendment has already been passed by the State Senate and would go on the November ballot if it passes the House as well..
     Republican Senator Jim Bolin, the resolution's sponsor, says it's designed to add an additional protection for the state constitution.

      Republican leaders have been pushing for tighter rules governing constitutional amendments and initiatives ever since 10 measures made the 2016 ballot and brought millions of campaign dollars from out-of-state groups.  Democrats oppose the push and Bolin's measure.

     The State Affairs Committee this morning also sent to the floor Gov. Dennis Daugaard's proposal to extend an expiring law on the recreational use of lakes on private land from June to 2021. Backers say the bill, already passed by the State Senate, gives more time to work out a permanent solution.
    The expiring law restored access for public recreation to nearly 30 specific lakes after a 2017 state Supreme Court decision hampered that access. The law also says that lakes on private property are open for recreational use unless a landowner installs signs or buoys saying the area is closed.


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