South Dakota House Bill to Restrict Initiative Rights (2007)
Changes enacted in the new law are:
- "No person may employ, reward, or compensate any person to circulate a petition for an initiated measure, referred law, or proposed amendment to the South Dakota Constitution based on the number of registered voters who signed the petition." This new restriction applies only to the circulation of initiative petitions for ballot measures; it has no impact on people who circulate petitions to place the names of political candidates on the ballot.
- People who ask others to sign initiative petitions in South Dakota must henceforward be residents of the state.
- Violating the new provisions is a Class 2 misdemeanor.
Sponsors and supporters
The National Federal of Independent Business supported the initiative-restricting legislation. The South Dakota Chamber of Commerce also supported the restrictions, saying, "It will still be legal to pay people to stand around the post office or courthouse holding clipboards and annoying passersby with petitions."
- Changes in 2007 to laws governing the initiative process
- Laws governing the initiative process in South Dakota
- Changes in 2008 to laws governing the initiative process
- Ballot access bills
- List of bills primarily sponsored by Michael Buckingham
- 2007 South Dakota Legislative Session Ends With Mostly Positive Results for Small Business
- We started them; we'll control them (timed out)
- Act now to stop bills that would restrict South Dakota's initiative process (dead link)