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South Dakota 2008 ballot measures

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Seven statewide ballot questions appeared on the November 4, 2008 ballot in South Dakota. Altogether, eight ballot measures were on the South Dakota ballot in 2008, since there was also a statewide proposition vote on one measure on June 3.[1]

Only three of November's ballot questions were petitioned onto the ballot. The other four were legislatively-referred to the ballot by the South Dakota State Legislature, including a proposition to end term limits for state legislators.


For a look at how the media in South Dakota feels about these ballot measures, please see endorsements of South Dakota ballot measures.

National overview

November 2008 Election Results

See also: Petition drive deadlines in 2008 and List of South Dakota ballot measures.

Type Title Subject Description Result
CISS Initiated Measure 9 Business regulation Regulate some practices of financial businesses Defeatedd
CISS Open and Clean Government Act
Initiated Measure 10
Taxpayer-funded lobbying Proposes to end taxpayer-funded lobbying Defeatedd
CISS Abortion Ban Initiative
Initiated Measure 11
Abortion New restrictions on abortion Defeatedd
LRCA Increase Travel Reimbursements for Legislators
Constitutional Amendment G
Administration of government Repeal certain reimbursement restrictions for travel by legislators. Defeatedd
LRCA Enact House Bill 1139
Constitutional Amendment H
Business regulation Repeal certain provisions of the State Constitution relating to corporations. Defeatedd
LRCA Length of Legislative Session
Constitutional Amendment I
Administration of government Provide for a maximum of forty legislative days each year. Approveda
LRCA Repeal Term Limits
Constitutional Amendment J
Term limits Eliminate term limits for legislators. Defeatedd

On the ballot for June 3, 2008

Type Title Subject Description Result
CISS South Dakota Oil Refinery Initiative (2008) Business Regulation, Land Management Build an Oil Refinery in Union County Approveda

Failed to make the 2008 ballot

Type Title Subject Description Result
CISS Tax Alcohol Alcohol Increase tax on alcohol, use money to fund programs Proposed ballot measures that were not on a ballot
CISS Home from Iraq War and peace Would end US occupation in Iraq Proposed ballot measures that were not on a ballot
CISS Lower the Drinking Age Alcohol Lower drinking age to 19 for drinks containing 3.2% alcohol or less Proposed ballot measures that were not on a ballot
CISS Kids and Teachers First Education Add a new section to the South Dakota Kids and Teachers First Transparency Act Proposed ballot measures that were not on a ballot
CISS Protect Private Property Eminent domain Overturn Senate Bill 174 Proposed ballot measures that were not on a ballot

See also

External links

Additional reading


  1. South Dakota list of filed initiatives