Three more ballot measures made yesterday’s submission deadline in the Secretary of State’s office. I’ll write up each of these newly submitted measures today. For the moment, though, let’s look at the tentaitve roster of ballot measures.
If all pans out, the 2016 ballot will offer the following initiatives and referenda for our consideration:
- Amendment R: Regents/vo-tech authority split (proposed by Legislature 2015)
- Amendment S: Glodt’s crime victims bill of rights
- Amendment T: Independent Redistricting Commission
- Amendment U: Usury! Payday Lender Protection Clause
- Amendment V: Open Nonpartisan Primary
Referred and Initiated Measures (i.e., Laws):
- Referred Law 19: Incumbent Protection Act
- Referred Law 20: Youth Minimum Wage
- Initiated Measure 21: 36% Payday Loan Rate Cap
- Initiated Measure 22: Anti-Corruption Act
- Initiated Measure 23: “Fair Share” Union Dues
Initiated Measure 24: Medical MarijuanaUpdate 2016.02.05 10:12 CST: The medical marijuana petition did not pass muster! Secretary Krebs found too few valid signatures to place this measure on the ballot; we thus save “24” for the first referendum or initiative on the 2018 ballot.
That’s eleven ballot measures, ten of them originating with citizens. As I noted Saturday, that sets a record for citizen-initiated ballot measures, previously set by the nine citizen-initiated measures on the 2006 ballot. The record for ballot measures is fourteen on the 1916 ballot, but nine of those measures originated in the Legislature.
Don’t print your t-shirts yet; Secretary of State Shantel Krebs has not certified any of these petitions. If the 36% rate cap petition were thrown out (and believe you me, the payday lenders are ready to spend millions of dollars on lawyers to make that happen), the other initiated measures would shift up in number.
But going purely by signature count, the only measure submitted in the past week that looks close to possible rejection is last-comer medical marijuana, whose organizers say they collected 16,631 signatures (New Approach SD posted Monday morning that their count was 16,054, but their video from the Secretary’s office says 16,631). The signature requirement for initiated laws is 13,871. Last summer, my team submitted a nail-biting 16,715 signatures to turn the Incumbent Protection Plan into Referred Law 19. We made the ballot with only 308 signatures to spare. If the medical marijuana circulators managed the same 84.3% valid-signature rate as the Referred Law 19 drive, they’re even closer to the minimum:
|Incumbent Protection||Medical Marijuana|
|Signatures to spare||308||237|
The Secretary of State should issue her okey-dokey or nopey-dopey to the above petitions by the end of December. Citizens may file challenges against initiative petitions with the Secretary of State for up to thirty days after the Secretary’s certification. Challenges in court may proceed into September 2016, by which time the Secretary will need to print and ship ballots to the counties.