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Legislators will decide whether or not to delay the start date of initiated measures.
Legislators will decide whether or not to delay the start date of initiated measures. photo
January 17, 2017

Ballot Initiative Start Date Bill Introduced In South Dakota Legislature

A bill that would make approved initiative measures take place later in the year, reports KOTA News. Currently, initiatives take effect the day after the official canvass. Senate Bill 59 would prevent constitutional amendments, ballot measures and referred laws from beginning until July 1 after the official canvass.

The bill was introduced after numerous initiated measures and constitutional amendments appeared on the November 2016 election. Marsy’s Law, which concerns privacy rights of criminal victims, cause significant confusion among law enforcement officials.

To read more about the 2017 South Dakota legislative session, visit the Black Hills Knowledge Network’s 2017 South Dakota Legislature page

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