South Dakota State Hydroelectric Power Plants and Transmission Systems (1922)

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The South Dakota State Hydroelectric Power Plants and Transmission Systems Initiative, also known as Question , was on the November 7, 1922 ballot in South Dakota as an indirect initiated state statute, where it was defeated.[1] The measure would have provided for the statutory enactment of the state's powers to construct and operate hydroelectric power plants and transmission systems. The state's powers to act in that arena were provided by a 1918 legislatively-referred constitutional amendment.[2]

Election results

South Dakota State Hydroelectric Power Initiative (1922)
Defeatedd No106,40965.60%
Yes 55,563 34.40%

Election results via: South Dakota Political Almanac, Table 7. Results of Elections Concerning State Constitutional Amendments and Initiated and Referred Laws, 1889-1968

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See also: Laws governing the initiative process in South Dakota

A petition signed by more than 5 percent of the state's qualified electors was filed with the secretary of state's office. At the time, South Dakota had an indirect initiated state statute system. Therefore, the secretary of state transmitted the proposed law to the House and Senate, where it was known as House Bill 364. The legislature, in turn, choose to submit the matter to a popular vote, rather than enacting the measure directly.[2]

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