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{{Term limits}}{{TOCnestright}}'''South Dakota Repeal Term Limits, Constitutional Amendment J''' was [[Legislatively-referred state statute|legislatively referred]] to the ballot in an attempt to eliminate statewide [[term limits]]. The South Dakotan public voted to enact term limits in 1992 (see [[South Dakota Set Term Limits (1992)]]).
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The legislature made an unsuccessful bid in 2006 to repeal term limits by inserting it into a broader measure (see [[South Dakota Repeal Term Limits (2006)]]).
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The '''South Dakota Repeal Term Limits Amendment''', also known as '''Amendment J''', was on the [[2008 ballot measures#South Dakota|November 4, 2008 ballot]] in [[South Dakota]] as a {{lrcafull}}, where it was '''defeated'''. The measure would have eliminated term limits for legislators. The South Dakotan public voted to enact term limits in [[South Dakota Set Term Limits, Amendment A (1992)|1992]].  The [[South Dakota Legislature|legislature]] made an unsuccessful bid in [[South Dakota Legislative Expenses and Term Limits, Amendment F (2006)|2006]] to repeal term limits by inserting it into a broader measure.<ref>[https://web.archive.org/web/20140516220654/http://sdsos.gov/elections-voting/assets/BallotQuestions1890-2010.pdf ''South Dakota Political Almanac,'' "South Dakota Constitutional Amendments, Initiatives and Referendums 1970-2010," accessed August 27, 2014]</ref><ref>[https://sdsos.gov/elections-voting/election-resources/election-history/election-history-search.aspx ''South Dakota Secretary of State'',  "Historical Election Data," accessed August 27, 2014]</ref>
  
'''Attorney General's Explanation:'''
 
 
"The Constitution establishes term limits for legislators. No legislator may serve in the state house of representatives or the state senate for more than four consecutive terms, or a total of eight consecutive years. Constitutional Amendment J would repeal legislator term limits."<ref>[http://www.sdsos.gov/electionsvoteregistration/electvoterpdfs/2008SouthDakotaBallotQuestionPamphlet.pdf ''Attorney General Explanation'']</ref>
 
 
==Election results==
 
==Election results==
  
 
''See also [[2008 ballot measure election results]]''
 
''See also [[2008 ballot measure election results]]''
  
These results are based on the Elections Division of South Dakota.<ref>[http://electionresults.sd.gov/applications/st25cers3/resultsSW.aspx?type=bq South Dakota Elections Division, 2008 Election Results]</ref>
 
 
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| title = South Dakota Amendment J (2008)
 
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| yes = 87,380
 
| yespct = 24.27
 
| yespct = 24.27
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| no = 272,635
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| nopct = 75.73
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Election results via: [https://web.archive.org/web/20140516220654/http://sdsos.gov/elections-voting/assets/BallotQuestions1890-2010.pdf South Dakota Political Almanac, South Dakota Constitutional Amendments, Initiatives and Referendums 1970-2010]
  
==Background==
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==Text of measure==
The legislature made an unsuccessful bid in 2006 to repeal term limits by inserting it into a broader measure (see [[South Dakota Repeal Term Limits (2006)]]).
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The text of the measure can be read [https://sdsos.gov/elections-voting/election-resources/election-history/2008/2008_general_information_ballot_question_attorney_general_explanations_full_text.aspx here].
 
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===Attorney General's Explanation:===
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"The Constitution establishes term limits for legislators. No legislator may serve in the state house of representatives or the state senate for more than four consecutive terms, or a total of eight consecutive years. Constitutional Amendment J would repeal legislator term limits."<ref>[http://www.sdsos.gov/electionsvoteregistration/electvoterpdfs/2008SouthDakotaBallotQuestionPamphlet.pdf ''Attorney General Explanation'']</ref>
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==Support==
 
==Support==
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Senator Bill Napoli, a Republican from Rapid City, wrote the "pro" arguments for the state Ballot Question Pamphlet. Sen. Napoli was originally a supporter of term limits, but has since changed his mind:
 
Senator Bill Napoli, a Republican from Rapid City, wrote the "pro" arguments for the state Ballot Question Pamphlet. Sen. Napoli was originally a supporter of term limits, but has since changed his mind:
 
* Limiting the amount of time that a legislator may serve will limit the amount of experienced people in the legislature.
 
* Limiting the amount of time that a legislator may serve will limit the amount of experienced people in the legislature.
* Limiting experience in the legislature leaves room for more experienced lobbyists to exert undue influence.<ref>[http://www.sdsos.gov/electionsvoteregistration/electvoterpdfs/2008SouthDakotaBallotQuestionPamphlet.pdf ''2008 South Dakota Ballot Question pamphlet''], Pro -- Constitutional Amendment J</ref>
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* Limiting experience in the legislature leaves room for more experienced lobbyists to exert undue influence.<ref name=sos>[https://sdsos.gov/elections-voting/assets/2008SouthDakotaBallotQuestionPamphlet.pdf ''South Dakota Secretary of State'', "2008 South Dakota Ballot Question pamphlet," accessed August 27, 2014]</ref>
  
 
==Opposition==
 
==Opposition==
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* The legislators who put this measure on the ballot are indulging in a power grab - they wish to remove the limits set on ''their'' terms, but not on other branches of government.
 
* The legislators who put this measure on the ballot are indulging in a power grab - they wish to remove the limits set on ''their'' terms, but not on other branches of government.
 
* Term limits were already approved by 64% of voters - why change what the people obviously want?
 
* Term limits were already approved by 64% of voters - why change what the people obviously want?
* Continuing the current influx of new faces and new ideas into the legislature enabled by term limits can only lead to more and more fresh ideas and more competitive elections.<ref>[http://www.sdsos.gov/electionsvoteregistration/electvoterpdfs/2008SouthDakotaBallotQuestionPamphlet.pdf ''2008 South Dakota Ballot Question pamphlet''], Con -- Constitutional Amendment J</ref>
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* Continuing the current influx of new faces and new ideas into the legislature enabled by term limits can only lead to more and more fresh ideas and more competitive elections.
* Passage of this amendment would mean putting more power in the hands of incumbent politicians and the lobbyists who know them well.
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* Passage of this amendment would mean putting more power in the hands of incumbent politicians and the lobbyists who know them well.<ref name=sos>
  
 
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* [[History of Initiative & Referendum in South Dakota]]
  
 
==External links==
 
==External links==
* [http://www.sdsos.gov/electionsvoteregistration/upcomingelection_ballotquestionstatus.shtm Text of the Initiative]
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* [https://web.archive.org/web/20140516220654/http://sdsos.gov/elections-voting/assets/BallotQuestions1890-2010.pdf ''South Dakota Political Almanac,'' South Dakota Constitutional Amendments, Initiatives and Referendums 1970-2010]
* [http://www.sdsos.gov/electionsvoteregistration/electvoterpdfs/2008SouthDakotaBallotQuestionPamphlet.pdf 2008 South Dakota Ballot Questions Pamphlet]
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* [https://sdsos.gov/elections-voting/election-resources/election-history/2008/2008_general_information_ballot_question_attorney_general_explanations_full_text.aspx South Dakota Secretary of State: 2008 Ballot Question Text]
* [http://www.noonamendmentj.com/ No on J website]
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* [http://www.zwire.com/site/news.cfm?newsid=20145426&BRD=1971&PAG=461&dept_id=175429&rfi=6 ''Voters Will Decide Seven Issues''], Marshall County Journal, October 1, 2008
 
* [http://www.zwire.com/site/news.cfm?newsid=20145426&BRD=1971&PAG=461&dept_id=175429&rfi=6 ''Voters Will Decide Seven Issues''], Marshall County Journal, October 1, 2008
 
* [http://www.siouxcityjournal.com/articles/2008/04/12/news/south_dakota/b9a9298b3b14ea7a86257429000e6819.txt ''Some states have repealed legislative term limits''] Associated Press, April 14, 2008
 
* [http://www.siouxcityjournal.com/articles/2008/04/12/news/south_dakota/b9a9298b3b14ea7a86257429000e6819.txt ''Some states have repealed legislative term limits''] Associated Press, April 14, 2008
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The South Dakota Repeal Term Limits Amendment, also known as Amendment J, was on the November 4, 2008 ballot in South Dakota as a legislatively-referred constitutional amendment, where it was defeated. The measure would have eliminated term limits for legislators. The South Dakotan public voted to enact term limits in 1992. The legislature made an unsuccessful bid in 2006 to repeal term limits by inserting it into a broader measure.[1][2]

Election results

See also 2008 ballot measure election results

South Dakota Amendment J (2008)
ResultVotesPercentage
Defeatedd No272,63575.73%
Yes 87,380 24.27%

Election results via: South Dakota Political Almanac, South Dakota Constitutional Amendments, Initiatives and Referendums 1970-2010

Text of measure

The text of the measure can be read here.

Support

Members of the legislature, including those who introduced the bill: Senators Napoli, Apa, Katus, and Representatives Haverly and Moore.

Arguments For

Senator Bill Napoli, a Republican from Rapid City, wrote the "pro" arguments for the state Ballot Question Pamphlet. Sen. Napoli was originally a supporter of term limits, but has since changed his mind:

  • Limiting the amount of time that a legislator may serve will limit the amount of experienced people in the legislature.
  • Limiting experience in the legislature leaves room for more experienced lobbyists to exert undue influence.[3]

Opposition

A No on Amendment J or Don't Touch Term Limits committee was formed in late September 2008 to oppose the effort to repeal South Dakota's term limits. The group raised $30,205 since July 1, with $30,000 coming from the national organization, U.S. Term Limits.[4][5]

Vermilion Representative Eldon Nygaard spoke in favor of retaining term limits, saying they "serve an important purpose, forcing change upon the Legislature."[6]

The South Dakota Conservative Action Council (SDCAC) opposed the measure.

Arguments against

Rick Skorupski and Jeff Partridge wrote the "con" arguments for the state Ballot Question Pamphlet. They are affiliates of Don't Touch Term Limits BQC:

  • The legislators who put this measure on the ballot are indulging in a power grab - they wish to remove the limits set on their terms, but not on other branches of government.
  • Term limits were already approved by 64% of voters - why change what the people obviously want?
  • Continuing the current influx of new faces and new ideas into the legislature enabled by term limits can only lead to more and more fresh ideas and more competitive elections.
  • Passage of this amendment would mean putting more power in the hands of incumbent politicians and the lobbyists who know them well.Cite error: Closing </ref> missing for <ref> tag

Polls

See also Polls, 2008 ballot measures.
Month of Poll Polling company In Favor Opposed Undecided
October 2008 Sioux Falls Argus Leader 30 percent 55 percent 15 percent[7]

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