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Potential 2020 Ballot Questions

REFERENDUM PETITIONS ARE DUE IN THE SECRETARY OF STATE'S OFFICE NO LATER THAN 5 PM (CT), JUNE 27, 2019
Referring a State Law

PROPOSED BALLOT MEASURE PETITIONS ARE DUE IN THE SECRETARY OF STATE'S OFFICE NO LATER THAN 5 PM (CT), NOVEMBER 4, 2019

Click here to view the handout on How to Submit and Circulate a 2020 Statewide Ballot Question Petition
Click here to view the Proof of Circulator Residency form

NOTE: A separate affidavit will have to be submitted for each sponsor.
5:02:08:07.02 Affidavit to be submitted with initiative, referendum, or initiated constitutional amendment petition to be circulated.
5:02:08:07.01. Affidavit to be filed with completed Statewide initiative, referendum, or initiated constitutional amendment petition.

Click here to find information on Challenging a Statewide Ballot Question

To file a Statement of Organization for a Ballot Question Committee, via our online system, click here. You may also download a paper form from that same link.

Contact Information:
SD Legislative Research Council, 605-773-3251
Office of the SD Attorney General, 605-773-3215

PETITION FORMS:

WARNING: State law requires that each petition sheet be self-contained. This means that the petition heading, instructions to signers, signature lines and circulator's verification must all be printed on each sheet prior to circulation. The sheet must be printed on front and back. You CANNOT tape, staple or glue the front and back sides together. You CANNOT include sheets with signature lines only.  If you have any questions about how to correctly prepare a petition sheet, please call the elections department at 773-3537.

Updates to ballot question petitions went into effect on July 29, 2018.
5:02:08:07. Form of Statewide initiative petition.
5:02:08:08. Form of Statewide referendum petition.
5:02:08:09. Form of Statewide initiated constitutional amendment petition or initiated petition for repeal of constitutional provision.

2020 Ballot Measures Submitted by Deadline

Title - An initiated measure on legalizing marijuana for medical use.
Sponsor:
Melissa R. Mentele
Sponsor address:
241 N 7th St
Emery, SD 57332
Phone number:
605-299-6982
Email:
compassionate605@gmail.com, sdnewapproach@gmail.com, nasd@newapproachsouthdakota.org
Attorney General's Statement
- AG's Statement
Legislative Research Council Comments - LRC Comments
Fiscal Note - Fiscal Note
Petition: Approved for circulation August 15, 2019
Date Received: 11/4/2019 at 1:18 P.M. (CT)

 

Title - An amendment to the South Dakota Constitution to legalize, regulate, and tax marijuana; and to require the Legislature to pass laws regarding hemp as well as laws ensuring access to marijuana for medical use.
Sponsor:
Brendan Johnson
Sponsor address:
140 N. Phillips Ave
Sioux Falls, SD 57104
Phone number:
605-269-8552
Email:
sdmarijuana2020@gmail.com
Attorney General's Statement
- AG's Statement
Legislative Research Council Comments - LRC Comments
Fiscal Note - Fiscal Note
Petition: Approved for circulation September 11, 2019
Date Received: 11/4/2019 at 1:44 P.M. (CT)

2020 Ballot Measures - Not Submitted by Deadline

Title - An initiated measure changing initiative and referendum requirements. (Version 2)
Sponsor
: C.A. Heidelberger
Sponsor address:
912 North First Street
Aberdeen, SD 57401
Phone number: 605-291-6459
Email: caheidelberger@gmail.com, cory@sdvoice.org
Attorney General's Statement: - AG's Statement
Legislative Research Council Comments: - LRC Comments
Fiscal Note: - Fiscal Note
Petition: Approved for circulation February 13, 2019

 

Title - An initiated measure to legalize marijuana and paraphernalia for certain people, and to make other changes to State law regarding marijuana.
Sponsor:
John Dale
Sponsor address:

239 W. Jackson Blvd
Spearfish, SD 57783
Phone number:
605-569-3266
Email:
info@plainstribune.com
Attorney General's Statement:
- AG's Statement
Legislative Research Council Comments: - LRC Comments
Fiscal Note: - Fiscal Note
Petition: Approved for circulation March 5, 2019

 

Title - An amendment to the South Dakota Constitution providing for state legislative redistricting by a commission.
Sponsor:
Dan Ahlers
Sponsor address:

913 N. Washington Ave
Dell Rapids, SD 57022
Phone number:
605-940-3071
Email:
danahlers1973@gmail.com
Attorney General's Statement
- AG's Statement
Legislative Research Council Comments - LRC Comments
Fiscal Note - Fiscal Note
Petition: Approved for circulation August 29, 2019

Potential 2020 Ballot Measures - No Petition Submitted for Circulation

NOTE: The version of the measures posted along with LRC comments are not necessarily the final versions and could be subject to change by the sponsor. By law, the sponsor must present the final version of the measure to the Attorney General.

 

Title - An initiated measure on tax rates.
Attorney General's Statement
-
Legislative Research Council Comments - LRC Comments
Fiscal Note -
NOT CIRCULATING: The sponsor(s) has not submitted a petition for SOS approval.

 

Title - An initiated amendment to the South Dakota Constitution authorizing the Legislature to allow sports wagering in Deadwood.
Attorney General's Statement
- AG Statement
Legislative Research Council Comments - LRC Comments
Fiscal Note - Fiscal Note
NOT CIRCULATING: The sponsor(s) has not submitted a petition for SOS approval.

 

Title - An initiated measure changing initiative and referendum requirements. (Version 1)
Attorney General's Statement
- AG's Statement
Legislative Research Council Comments - LRC Comments
Fiscal Note - Fiscal Note
NOT CIRCULATING: The sponsor(s) has not submitted a petition for SOS approval.

 

Title - An initiated amendment to the South Dakota Constitution requiring physical damage in order for conduct to be considered a violation of law. (Version 1)
Attorney General's Statement
- AG's Statement
Legislative Research Council Comments - LRC Comments
Fiscal Note - Fiscal Note
NOT CIRCULATING: The sponsor(s) has not submitted a petition for SOS approval.

 

Title - An initiated amendment to the South Dakota Constitution requiring physical or monetary damage in order for conduct to be considered a violation of law. (Version 2)
Attorney General's Statement
- AG's Statement
Legislative Research Council Comments -
Fiscal Note - Fiscal Note
NOT CIRCULATING: The sponsor(s) has not submitted a petition for SOS approval.

 

Title - An initiated amendment to the South Dakota Constitution allowing people to buy, sell, or rent any property or service. (Version 1)
Attorney General's Statement
- AG's Statement
Legislative Research Council Comments - LRC Comments
Fiscal Note - Fiscal Note
NOT CIRCULATING: The sponsor(s) has not submitted a petition for SOS approval.

 

Title - An amendment to the South Dakota Constitution allowing people to buy, sell, or rent any property or service. (Version 2)
Attorney General's Statement
- AG's Statement
Legislative Research Council Comments -
Fiscal Note - Fiscal Note
NOT CIRCULATING: The sponsor(s) has not submitted a petition for SOS approval.

 

Title - A constitutional amendment changing the eligibility requirements for running for legislative office.
Attorney General's Statement
-
Legislative Research Council Comments - LRC Comments
Fiscal Note -
NOT CIRCULATING: The sponsor(s) has not submitted a petition for SOS approval.

 

Title - An initiated measure on legalizing, taxing and regulating marijuana.
Attorney General's Statement
-
Legislative Research Council Comments - LRC Comments
Fiscal Note -
NOT CIRCULATING: The sponsor(s) has not submitted a petition for SOS approval.

 

Title - A resolution to call a convention to initiate a change to the United States Constitution.
Attorney General's Statement
-
Legislative Research Council Comments - LRC Comments
Fiscal Note -
NOT CIRCULATING: The sponsor(s) has not submitted a petition for SOS approval.

 

Title - An initiated measure on State procurement of telecommunication services.
Attorney General's Statement
-
Legislative Research Council Comments - LRC Comments
Fiscal Note -
NOT CIRCULATING: The sponsor(s) has not submitted a petition for SOS approval.

 

Title - An initiated measure to have employer show cause for termination.
Attorney General's Statement
-
Legislative Research Council Comments - LRC Comments
Fiscal Note -
NOT CIRCULATING: The sponsor(s) has not submitted a petition for SOS approval.

 

Title - An initiated measure to increase the minimum wage.
Attorney General's Statement
-
Legislative Research Council Comments - LRC Comments
Fiscal Note -
NOT CIRCULATING: The sponsor(s) has not submitted a petition for SOS approval.

 

Title - An initiated measure for Medicaid expansion.
Attorney General's Statement
-
Legislative Research Council Comments - LRC Comments
Fiscal Note -
NOT CIRCULATING: The sponsor(s) has not submitted a petition for SOS approval.

 

Title - An initiated measure seeking to repeal the petition circulator directory and other laws governing ballot measure circulators.
Attorney General's Statement
- AG's Statement
Legislative Research Council Comments - LRC Comments
Fiscal Note - Fiscal Note
NOT CIRCULATING: The sponsor(s) has not submitted a petition for SOS approval.

 

Title - An initiated measure for voter registration changes.
Attorney General's Statement
-
Legislative Research Council Comments - LRC Comments
Fiscal Note -
NOT CIRCULATING: The sponsor(s) has not submitted a petition for SOS approval.

2020 Potential Referendum Ballot Measures - Petitions Not Submitted by Deadline

Referendum - House Bill 1094 - revise certain programs regarding transparency of the petition circulation process.
Sponsor
: C.A. Heidelberger
Sponsor address:
912 North First Street
Aberdeen, SD 57401
Phone number: 605-291-6459
Email: cory@sdvoice.org
Attorney General's Statement: - not applicable
Legislative Research Council Comments: - not applicable
Fiscal Note: - not applicable
Petition: Approved for circulation March 29, 2019

2020 Ballot Measures Withdrawn

Title - An initiated measure expanding the time when alcoholic beverages may be sold, served, and consumed in municipalities where gaming is regulated.
Attorney General's Statement
- AG's Statement
Legislative Research Council Comments - LRC Comments
Fiscal Note -
NOT CIRCULATING: The sponsor(s) has not submitted a petition for SOS approval.
Withdrawal Letter - Received June 28, 2019

2020 Ballot Question Committees

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