South Dakota Budget Balance Amendment, Constitutional Amendment P (2012)
|Constitutional Amendment P|
|Type:||legislatively-referred constitutional amendment|
|Constitution:||South Dakota Constitution|
|Referred by:||South Dakota Legislature|
- See also: 2012 ballot measure election results
The following are official election results:
|South Dakota Amendment P|
Official results via South Dakota Secretary of State.
Text of measure
The official ballot text read as follows:
Title: An Amendment to the South Dakota Constitution adding balanced budget requirements.
Explanation: While the constitution currently restricts the State from incurring debt, it does not expressly require the State to have a balanced budget. Amendment P requires the Governor to propose a balanced budget. In addition, Amendment P prohibits legislative appropriations from exceeding anticipated revenues and existing available funds. The amendment is not intended to affect other constitutional provisions.
A vote “Yes” will include balanced budget requirements in the Constitution.A vote “No” will leave the Constitution as it is.
No formal support was identified.
No formal opposition was identified.
Path to the ballot
During the week of February 7, 2012, the South Dakota House of Representatives voted 66-3 to approve the measure. Next up was a vote from the South Dakota State Senate, who needed to approve the measure to send it to the ballot, which the chamber did.
- The News Tribune, "SD House panel endorses balanced budget amendment," February 6, 2012
- Mitchell Republic, "Legislature places balanced-budget constitutional amendment on ballot," February 29, 2012 (dead link)
- South Dakota Secretary of State, "Constitutional Amendment P," accessed August 28, 2012
- KDLT.com, "SD House Advances Balanced Budget Amendment," February 7, 2012