I finally made it through an initial post on all ten ballot questions for the 2016 South Dakota election. There will likely be more posts about some of these ballot questions forthcoming. In this post I will provide a link to each of the ten posts and a short blurb on how I currently plan to vote on each of them (there are a couple of these I may change my opinion on).
Constitutional Amendment R
Proposing and submitting to the electors at the next general election an amendment to Article XIV of the Constitution of the State of South Dakota, relating to the authority of the Board of Regents.
Also referred to as the “South Dakota Governing Technical Education Institutes Amendment”
SoDakLiberty Post about Amendment R
SoDakLiberty Stance: Leaning towards NO. This could possibly be a huge bureaucratic expansion with no actual plan.
Constitutional Amendment S
An initiated amendment to the South Dakota Constitution to expand rights for crime victims.
Also referred to as Marcy’s Law
SoDakLiberty Posts about Amendment S
SoDakLiberty Stance: Leaning towards NO. I support victims rights. But this seems more like a solution in search of a problem.
Constitutional Amendment T
An initiated amendment to the South Dakota Constitution to provide for state legislative redistricting by a commission.
Also referred to as Anti-Gerrymandering law.
SoDakLiberty Posts about Amendment T
SoDakLiberty Stance: Leaning towards YES. I don’t think this will do much to change the current makeup of the legislature in Pierre, but I see Amendment T as a good open government policy.
Constitutional Amendment U
An initiated amendment to the South Dakota Constitution limiting the ability to set statutory interest rates for loans.
SoDakLiberty Posts about Amendment U
SoDakLiberty Stance: Vote No! This is just bad. The payday lending industry wants to play around with SD Constitution.
Constitutional Amendment V
An initiated amendment to the South Dakota Constitution establishing nonpartisan elections.
SoDakLiberty Posts about Amendment V
SoDakLiberty Stance: Leaning towards voting YES, but don’t think it really matters if V passes or fails.
Referred Law 19
Revise certain provisions regarding elections and election petitions.
Also referred to as the Incumbent Protection Plan
SoDakLiberty Posts about Referred Law 19
SoDakLiberty Stance: Voting NO! This election reform law was completely destroyed by the legislative process.
Referred Law 20
Establish a youth minimum wage.
SoDakLiberty Posts about Referred Law 20
SoDakLiberty Stance: Leaning towards YES vote. I am leaning yes, but I can understand why people would vote no after the legislature changed an Initiated Measure just passed by the voters.
Initiated Measure 21
Set maximum finance charge for certain licensed money lenders
SoDakLiberty Posts about Initiated Measure 21
SoDakLiberty Stance: Voting No. Just because people don’t like payday lenders doesn’t mean this intrusion into the market is warranted.
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.
Also referred to as the “South Dakota Government Accountability and Anti-Corruption Act”
SoDakLiberty Posts about Initiated Measure 22
SoDakLiberty Stance: Voting NO! I just can’t see supporting giving taxpayer dollars directly to politicians!
Initiated Measure 23
An initiated measure to give certain organizations the right to charge fees.
SoDakLiberty Posts about Initiated Measure 23
SoDakLiberty Stance: Voting NO! Making non-union works pay union dues just seems wrong.
Now I can go back to looking at legislative races!