Two laws passed by the legislature this year won’t go into effect today, but instead will go before voters next year. Senate Bill 177 established a youth minimum wage at $7.50, a dollar less than that set by voters in 2014. Senate Bill 69 is an election reform package that includes a provision preventing members of registered parties from signing petitions of independent candidate. It also set back a month the deadline for new parties to declare their intent to participate in primary elections.
Both petitions to refer the laws were validated by Secretary of State Shantel Krebs this week. The youth minimum wage referendum is Referred Law 20. The election reform referendum is Referred Law 19.
Aberdeen political blogger Cory Heidelberger sponsored the two petition drives and joined Dakota Midday.