Amendment X: A Reasonable Proposal to Protect the State Constitution

Amendment X: A Reasonable Proposal to Protect the State Constitution

South Dakota Retailers Association

Vote Yes on Amendment X graphicSDRA's Board of Directors encourages you to VOTE YES on Constitutional Amendment X.

This proposal, which came out of a bipartisan, multi-group task force that met in the summer of 2017, would require a 55% majority vote to make changes to the State Constitution.

Currently, the Constitution can be changed with a simple majority vote. If a flawed amendment is adopted, the only remedy is to attempt to fix the error at the ballot box the following election cycle.

We believe changes to our Constitution should meet a higher standard than is currently in place. Consider the U.S. Constitution. Changes to the U.S. Constitution generally require support from two-thirds of the U.S. House and Senate and ratification by three quarters of the states. That's an even higher bar than what is being set in Amendment X.

Our State Constitution is an extraordinarily precious document, and it deserves protection. We think this proposal is reasonable, and urge you to VOTE YES ON X.

Here is an explanation of the issue by Sen. Jim Bolin, from the South Dakota Secretary of State's 2018 General Election Ballot Question Pamphlet:

Pro – Constitutional Amendment X

Amendment X is the result of a bipartisan, multi-group task force, that met in the summer of 2017. It made recommendations concerning the use of the initiative process to change our codified laws and the constitution of our state.

This measure, approved overwhelmingly by the task force, would establish a 55% majority to change our constitution. It is patterned after a similar proposal, overwhelmingly approved by voters in Colorado in 2016.

Our state constitution is the foundational political document of South Dakota. We should require more than a simple majority for approval of amendments to our state constitution. Think of the high standard that is needed to adjust the United States constitution. Amendments to that document require a two thirds vote of each chamber of our congress and then ratification by three quarters of the states.

What Amendment X proposes is a modest adjustment that will protect our state constitution from efforts for unneeded changes, these efforts often promoted and funded by out of state special interests.

Finally, think of school bond issues. They require a 60% majority for passage. If a bond issue needs 60%, should not passage of amendments to our state constitution require a higher standard than a simple majority??

Please vote Yes on Amendment X.

It will protect our constitution from unwarranted efforts for changes, often promoted and funded by out of state special interests.

State Senator Jim Bolin - Lincoln and Union counties, Vice Chair of the Bi-Partisan and Multi Group Task Force that Recommended Amendment X be approved and placed on the ballot.

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