Article XXIII, South Dakota Constitution
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Article XXIII of the South Dakota Constitution is entitled Amendments and Revisions of the Constitution and consists of three sections.
| Text of Section 1:
Amendments to this Constitution may be proposed by initiative or by a majority vote of all members of each house of the Legislature. An amendment proposed by initiative shall require a petition signed by qualified voters equal in number to at least ten percent of the total votes cast for Governor in the last gubernatorial election. The petition containing the text of the proposed amendment and the names and addresses of its sponsors shall be filed at least one year before the next general election at which the proposed amendment is submitted to the voters. A proposed amendment may amend one or more articles and related subject matter in other articles as necessary to accomplish the objectives of the amendment.
History: Amendment proposed by SL 1963, ch 342, rejected Nov. 3, 1964; amendment proposed by SL 1970, ch 6, rejected Nov. 3, 1970; amendment proposed by SL 1972, ch 4, approved Nov. 7, 1972.
| Text of Section 2:
A convention to revise this Constitution may be called by a three-fourths vote of all the members of each house. The calling of a constitutional convention may be initiated and submitted to the voters in the same manner as an amendment. If a majority of the voters voting thereon approve the calling of a convention, the Legislature shall provide for the holding thereof. Members of a convention shall be elected on a nonpolitical ballot in the same districts and in the same number as the house of representatives. Proposed amendments or revisions approved by a majority of all the members of the convention shall be submitted to the electorate at a special election in a manner to be determined by the convention.
History: Amendment proposed by SL 1915, ch 236, rejected Nov., 1916; amendment proposed by SL 1972, ch 4, approved Nov. 7, 1972.
| Text of Section 3:
Any constitutional amendment or revision must be submitted to the voters and shall become a part of the Constitution only when approved by a majority of the votes cast thereon. The Legislature may provide for the withdrawal by its sponsors of an initiated amendment at any time prior to its submission to the voters.
History: 1889 Const., art. XXIII, § 1; amendment proposed by SL 1963, ch 342, rejected Nov. 3, 1964; amendment proposed by SL 1970, ch 6, rejected Nov. 3, 1970; amendment proposed by SL 1972, ch 4, approved Nov. 7, 1972.