The South Dakota Abolish Regents' Board of Trustees Referendum was on the November 3, 1896 ballot in South Dakota as a legislatively-referred constitutional amendment, where it was approved. The measure repealed cosntitutional status of the Regents' Board of Trustees, which controlled the state university, the agricultural college, the normal schools and all other educational institutions that were sustained in whole or part by the state.
| South Dakota Abolish Regents' Board of Trustees Refernedum (1896)|
| Yes|| 31,061|| 72.66%|
Election results via: South Dakota Political Almanac, Table 7. Results of Elections Concerning State Constitutional Amendments and Initiated and Referred Laws, 1889-1968
Text of measure
The measure amended Article 14 of the South Dakota Constitution by repealing Section 4 of the article, which had read as follows:
|The state university, the agricultural college, the normal schools and all other educational institutions that may be sustained either wholly or in part by the state shall be under the control of a board of five members appointed by the governor and confirmed by the Senate under such rules and restrictions as the legislature shall provide. The legislature may increase the number of members to nine.
Path to the ballot
- See also: Amending the South Dakota Constitution
The South Dakota State Legislature can refer a proposed amendment to the state's voters through a majority vote.