referred laws

Lee Strubinger / SDPB

Lawmakers are entering the third week of legislative session. By the end of this week, lawmakers say they’ll have a better sense of what kind of session is ahead.

Thursday marks the last day for unlimited bill introductions. They’ve already considered several bill aimed at the initiative and referendum process.

Lawmakers have voted on a handful of bills already aimed at clarifying and streamlining the ballot measure process, from petitions to voting.

Jenifer Jones / SDPB


The House State Affairs committee is passing a bill that seeks to clear up any confusion surrounding ballot measure questions.

One critic of the bill says the change creates a system where a yes vote means no -- and vice versa -- for one particular ballot question.

Referred laws can be confusing.

In essence, the constitutional provision allows the citizens of South Dakota to put a recently passed state law on pause, and overturn the legislature and governor’s vote.

Dakota Midday: Youth Minimum Wage

Nov 3, 2016
Public Broadcasting Service (PBS)

SDPB political reporter Lee Strubinger joins Dakota Midday host Lori Walsh to visit about referred laws, including youth minimum wage.

Kent Osborne / SDPB

Referred Law 19 would uphold a state law passed during the 2015 legislative session, which sought to clarify the election petitioning process.

Proponents say it levels the playing field, while opponents claim it will result in fewer candidates for office.