Amendments A and D make slight changes to local term limits, allowing councilors and mayors who come on board more than halfway through a vacating officials term to run for two full consecutive terms after that partial term service. Amendments A & D apply the same thinking as the 22nd Amendment does to the Presidency. I don’t mind these two changes, but on principle I would prefer to eliminate term limits altogether. In a democracy, we already have term limits for every office—they’re called elections. Term limits unfairly restrict the liberty of voters to choose whomever they want to represent them in government.
Amendment F updates city language on favoritism and discrimination. It changes the word “handicap” to “disability” to “use more modern terminology.” More substantially, Amendment F adds “sexual orientation” to the classes Sioux Falls protects from discrimination. If Sioux Falls voters pass that decent change, perhaps it will provoke retrogressive conservatives seeking to replace quitting Senator David Omdahl and his ilk to campaign on discriminatory legislation à la North Carolina to trump municipal ordinances and authorize discrimination against homosexuals under the guise of religious liberty. Sioux Falls voters, go ahead and pass Amendment F, and let’s dare Legislative candidates to stand up for what’s right!