Shantel Krebs sent me not one but two letters yesterday. I feel all tingly:
The efforts to refer Senate Bill 69 (the petition “reform” bill that takes away voter rights) and Senate Bill 177 (the youth minimum wage) begin Tuesday, March 31, after the Legislature has officially adjourned. We will have 90 days, until 5 p.m. Monday, June 29, 2015, to collect at least 13,871 signatures for each measure (and my hair stands on end until we have 20% more than that). If we succeed, SB 69 and SB 177 will be put on ice and voted on by the electorate in the next general election, on November 8, 2016.
I filed the petition applications yesterday after serious conversations with people of various political stripes from across South Dakota. My filing yesterday was my individual action, not the action of any organization. However, I hope that all organizations and individuals interested in democracy (that should be all of you) will volunteer to help collect signatures and put these bad laws to a public vote.
I will post petition PDFs and circulation instructions this weekend, after I get done having fun here in Rapid City. Get out your walking shoes and your knocking knuckles—starting March 31, we’ve got petitions to fill!