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The final hour of signature gathering arrives for South Dakota 2012 proposed initiatives

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October 31, 2011

By Al Ortiz

PIERRE, South Dakota: The deadline for signature gathering for initiated state statutes in the state of South Dakota is drawing near. On November 1, supporters of proposed statutes must turn in the required amount of signatures for ballot access in 2012.

According to the South Dakota Secretary of State's website, only one initiative is currently circulating. That measure would implement a one-percent sales tax increase that would begin in 2013. Specifically, the measure would take 20 percent of the revenue and place it in the South Dakota Moving Forward Fund.

If the measure is placed on the ballot and enacted by voters, and it's effects that are being predicted by supporters materialize, it would give schools approximately $725 more per student annually and about $70 million would be added to Medicaid reimbursement rates per year, according to reports. Additionally, the state would receive $18 million of generated revenue to handle increased Medicaid caseloads.

Another measure is listed on the Secretary of State's website as not yet circulating as of October 31, 2011. Since the petition drive deadline for the measure is on the horizon, that measure may not make the ballot.

Supporters need to collect 31,708 signatures for initiated constitutional amendments and 15,854 for initiated state statutes. Supporters of proposed initiated constitutional amendments have until November 7 to turn in signatures, although there are no amendments circulating.

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