South Dakota House Bill to Restrict Initiative Rights (2007)

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South Dakota House Bill 1156 is a bill enacted in South Dakota on February 27, 2007 that restricts initiative rights. It passed in the South Dakota state assembly by a vote of 67-1, and in the state senate by a vote of 30-5.[1]

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 primary legislative sponsor of HB 1156 was Michael Buckingham.[2]

The National Federal of Independent Business supported the initiative-restricting legislation.[3] 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."[4]


The Marijuana Policy Project opposed the bill,[5]

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