Marsy's Law


In The Moment ... June 6, 2018 Show 352 Hour 2

Tuesday, South Dakota voters decided several key election questions, including which Republicans move on to the general election in November.

As Lee Strubinger reports, voters also amended a ballot question passed two years ago ... and Rapid City voters approved the city's attempt to build a new arena.


In The Moment ... May 16, 2018 Show 338 Hour 2

Dakota Political Junkies Noel Hamiel and J.J. Perry discuss the battle of the polling numbers, Marsy's Law, and how drugs are changing the state.

Hamiel is a former South Dakota legislator and newspaper publisher.  Perry is Executive Editor of the Aberdeen American News and Farm Forum.


State lawmakers are introducing legislation last minute to accommodate a primary ballot question to adjust Marsy’s Law.

The bill instructs constitutional officers to prepare for the earlier vote, and appropriates funds to make that happen.

Critics of the move say it circumvents the legislative process.


South Dakota voters will get the chance to adjust a constitutional amendment they passed in 2016 – Marsy’s Law.

During debate Wednesday, Republican senators moved the vote to the primary election, as opposed to the general election.

Critics of the move say that will disenfranchise voters who aren’t registered as Republican.

Marsy's Law Compromise Passes Out Of House Committee

Feb 14, 2018

A South Dakota House panel is passing legislation that asks voters to mend Marsy’s Law, and put some of those constitutional guarantees into law.

House Joint Resolution 1004 asks South Dakota voters to change the current statute by having victims request to prevent disclosure of public information.

Pennington County State’s Attorney Mark Vargo says the change works better for his office. He says Marsy’s Law is stretching his office’s budget.


In the Moment ... June 21, 2017 Show 119 Hour 2

Dakota Political Junkies Denise Ross and Seth Tupper join us to talk about the top political headlines in the state. Today we tackle the Rapid City billboard debate, bentanine taxation, and the ongoing conversation between voters and lawmakers regarding voter-initiated ballot measures.

Attorney General's Office

The Attorney General is issuing a 10-page opinion to clear up some questions created by Amendment S, or Marsy's Law.

Marty Jackley has appointed almost 30 professionals to serve on a committee to come up with answers.

On Monday, Dec. 5, Jackley held a conference call with the committee to discuss a draft opinion he and his staff created.

Jackley says more work remains to be done, and subcommittees can add insights.

Governor's Office

Public officials confused by the language of the recently passed victims' rights amendment are hoping a task force will sort out the issues. Amendment S, or Marsy's Law, was added to the state's constitution last month, after voters approved it. In response, certain agencies are now closing public records. The attorney general has appointed a 25-member group of state and local officials to study the reach of the new law. SDPB's Victoria Wicks reports.

Agencies Find Money For Victims' Rights

Nov 16, 2016
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Now that crime victims' rights have been expanded in South Dakota, agencies are finding money to cover additional services. Voters approved Amendment S, known as Marsy's Law, last week, and it takes effect this week.

Attorney General Marty Jackley has been working on systems to notify victims of their rights. But he tells SDPB's Victoria Wicks that counties might have to absorb other costs.

Victoria Wicks

The Pennington County State's Attorney is adding four new employees to handle additional responsibilities of working with crime victims.

The expansion of county government comes on the heels of Amendment S, or Marsy's Law. It was passed by South Dakota voters and takes effect this week. The law offers rights to victims of all crimes and to some of their relatives.

Dakota Midday: South Dakotans Pass Marsy's Law

Nov 9, 2016

South Dakota voters passed Amendment S with 60% of the vote Tuesday. Amendment S, known as Marsy's Law, establishes constitutional rights for crime victims in South Dakota. SDPB's Victoria Wicks joined Dakota Midday guest host Cara Hetland to provide details on how Amendment S will work.

Photo courtesy of Jason Glodt

In November, South Dakota voters will decide whether to add a crime victims' bill of rights to the state constitution. It sounds like a sympathetic cause. It gives victims the right to be treated with fairness and respect and to participate fully in criminal justice processes.

The state director of the campaign, Marsy's Law for All, says an amendment to the constitution is necessary to ensure that victims' rights are permanent.

Victoria Wicks

In November, South Dakota voters will decide whether to add a crime victims' bill of rights to the state constitution. Advocates' and opponents' positions are starting to emerge.

The proponent, Marsy's Law for All, is launching what its director calls a six-figure radio campaign.

Opponents don't yet have an organized campaign, but they include the South Dakota State Bar and State's Attorneys Association.

SDPB's Victoria Wicks is researching Amendment S and the contentions of those aligned for and against it.