South Dakota Legislative Travel Reimbursement Amendment, Constitutional Amendment N (2012)

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Constitutional Amendment N
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Type:legislatively-referred constitutional amendment
Constitution:South Dakota Constitution
Referred by:South Dakota Legislature
Topic:Admin. of gov't.
The South Dakota Legislative Travel Reimbursement Amendment, also known as Constitutional Amendment N, was on the November 6, 2012 ballot in the state of South Dakota as a legislatively-referred constitutional amendment, where it was defeated. The measure would have struck a provision from the state constitution that reimburses state lawmakers five cents a mile for their first and last trips to and from the legislative session. The sponsor of the measure was State Rep. James Bolin, who said the provision, enacted in 1889, was out of date.[1][2]

Election results

See also: 2012 ballot measure election results

The following are official election results:

South Dakota Amendment N
Defeatedd No215,67563.18%
Yes 125,715 36.82%

Official results via South Dakota Secretary of State.

Text of measure

The official ballot text read as follows:[3]

Title: An Amendment to the South Dakota Constitution repealing certain reimbursement restrictions for travel by legislators to and from a legislative session.

Explanation: The Constitution fixes the mileage reimbursement rate for legislators at five cents per mile for their travel to and from a legislative session.
Constitutional Amendment N repeals this constitutional limitation and allows legislator travel reimbursement to be set by the Legislature.

A vote “Yes” will eliminate the fixed travel reimbursement rate.

A vote “No” will leave the Constitution as it is.


No formal support was identified.


No formal opposition was identified.

Path to the ballot

Section 1 of Article XXIII of the South Dakota Constitution says that the South Dakota State Legislature can refer a proposed amendment to the state's voters through a majority vote.

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