The Chiesman Center for Democracy has launched the "Join The Conversation" campaign in order to educate, engage and envigorate South Dakota voters concerning the initiated measure process. The campaign includes a website http://www.jointheconversationsd.org and corresponding Facebook page and Twitter account. Check it out!
Voter turnout was lowest in rural counties. The South Dakota Secretary of State’s office reports that turnout of registered voters was 73.6 percent in metropolitan counties, 73.8 percent in micropolitan counties, and only 68.3 percent in rural counties. The secretary found similar voting patterns in 2008 as turnouts of registered voters in that election year were 75.7 percent metropolitan counties, 72.7 percent for micropolitan counties, and just 63.9 percent for rural counties.
This data can be found on the South Dakota Dashboard under their Civic Engagement tab. The offer interactive charts that feature both registered voter turnout as well as estivates of voting-age population turnout. You can it at the following link: South Dakota Dashboard.
Rob Timm, President/CEO of the Chiesman Center for Democracy, provided testimony before the SD Legislature's Initiative and Referenda Task Force on June 21, 2017. Read the testimony here: http://chiesman.org/images/uploads/Rob_Timm_Chiesman_Center_for_Democracy_Legislative_Task_Force_Testimony_June_2017.pdf
PIERRE, S.D. – Gov. Dennis Daugaard this evening signed into law House Bill 1001, the compromise bill on nonmeandered waters.
“I thank the Legislature for recognizing the urgency of passing the Open Waters Compromise,” said Gov. Daugaard. “With the signing of this bill, we are opening up tens of thousands of acres of nonmeandered waters to public recreation, while respecting the property rights of landowners.”
Gov. Daugaard convened the Legislature today for a special legislative session to consider legislation relating to public recreational use of non-meandered waters overlying private property. The bill immediately opens more than two dozen bodies of water to the public while giving landowners the ability to post and close certain areas of nonmeandered waters.
An amendment to the bill “sunsets” the legislation on July 1, 2018, which will require the Legislature to take up the issue during the next legislative session.
The bill, which included an emergency clause, passed both houses with the required two-thirds majority, making the law effective immediately.
The Department of Game, Fish and Parks will release further information about the reopening of these lakes tomorrow morning.
The South Dakota House of Representatives will take up HB1141 in the next week or so. The bill would create a task force to study and propose changes to South Dakota initiated measure, referendum and constitutional amendment processes. The task force would be comprised of the Sec. of State, the Attorney General, legislators and the State Chamber of Commerce. The proposed changes would be brought forth during the 2018 legislative session. Check the bill out here: http://sdlegislature.gov/Legislative_Session/Bills/Bill.aspx?Session=2017&Bill=1141