PIERRE | Changes to clarify "yes" and "no" explanations for ballot measures received nearly unanimous approval Wednesday in the South Dakota House of Representatives.
The vote was 61-4. Now the Senate gets HB 1005.
The legislation says the recitation for each proposed amendment to the state constitution shall state “Vote ‘Yes’ to adopt the amendment” and “Vote ‘No’ to leave the Constitution as it is.”
For initiated-law proposals, the same would be in effect.
On referrals of new acts from the Legislature, the recitation would say that "yes" allows the act to become law, while voting "no" stops it from becoming law.
Rep. Kent Peterson, R-Salem, asked House members to make a last-minute change, so "yes" consistently meant "yes," and "no" consistently meant "no" on all three.
That makes the attorney general’s explanations “straight-forward,” he said.
The change helped bring some reluctant representatives into the fold, House Democratic leader Spencer Hawley of Brookings said.
“I think this makes it a lot clearer,” Hawley said.