July 06, 2018
Contact: Tamera Enalls-Fenner

2018 Amendments & Measures

AMENDMENT W - Convention

Whereas, the founders of the great state of South Dakota established a three branch form of government patterned after our national government, and

Whereas, the proposed Amendment W would radically change the form of the government of the great state of South Dakota, by establishing an organization operating outside our long established three branch government system, and

Whereas, Article XI, section 9 of the South Dakota Constitution clearly states that only the elected legislature has the authority to appropriate monies from the state treasury, and

Whereas, the proposed Amendment W would clearly alter that process by directly appropriating money, a dangerous and ill-conceived notion, often used in high tax states such as California, and

Whereas, various other portions of Amendment W would greatly inhibit the ability of the public to establish reasonable contact with their elected legislators , and

Whereas, the issues contained in Amendment W have already been addressed in legislation passed in bipartisan fashion in 2017, and

Whereas, proposed Amendment W declares itself in Section 17 to be superior to any other section of the South Dakota Constitution, thus displaying the hubris and arrogance of the authors in contrast to the humility and meekness of our founders, now

Therefore, let it be resolved by the South Dakota Republican Party that we do strongly urge all eligible voters to vote “NO” on the unneeded and unnecessary Amendment W in the 2018 general election, a measure that would radically and negatively impact state government in South Dakota.


AMENDMENT X - Convention

Whereas, the South Dakota Constitution is the fundamental and supreme law of the state, and

Whereas, the United States Constitution requires a two-thirds vote of each house of congress and then a three quarter’s vote of the states in order to ratify amendments to the United States Constitution, and

Whereas, numerous groups from outside the state of South Dakota, often with little appreciation for our state, its culture and its history have tried in approximately the last twenty years to change our constitution by placing on the ballot measures with little or no local support, and

Whereas, efforts to change the state Constitution, largely funded and sponsored by out of state groups, who use paid signature collectors, appears to be increasing, and

Whereas, the current standard to change the state Constitution appears to be quite low when compared to the requirements in other states, such as Florida, Colorado and New Hampshire, and

Whereas, interestingly the requirement to pass a school bond in South Dakota requires a favorable vote of 60% of those voting, and

Whereas, in 2016, the voters in Colorado passed a measure requiring a 55% majority vote to change their state constitution, and

Whereas, in 2017,  a task force made up of legislators, county officials, members of the state board of elections, representatives of municipalities and others strongly recommended an adjustment to 55% in the level of support needed to pass a constitutional amendment, and

Whereas, that recommendation of said diverse task force was passed by the South Dakota legislature in 2018 and is now on the ballot for the general election of 2018 as Amendment X, now

Therefore, the South Dakota Republican Party strongly endorse Amendment X and urges all eligible voters in the state to vote "YES" on Amendment X in the 2018 general election, so that a certain amount of protection can be afforded to our state constitution.     

 

IM  -  25 RESOLUTION

Whereas, the South Dakota Republican Party supports workforce development, training and the education of ALL South Dakotans, and

Whereas, the South Dakota Republican Party supports affordable technical education and higher education for ALL South Dakotans, and

Whereas, the South Dakota Republican Party acknowledges the negative health effects of smoking and does not promote the use of tobacco products, and

Whereas, the South Dakota Republican Party is committed to lower taxes, and

Whereas, the South Dakota Republican Party believes in prioritized, responsible government spending, and

Whereas, the South Dakota Republican Party is committed to preserving jobs and protecting small businesses, and

Whereas, Initiated Measure 25 is a $35 million new tax on hard-working South Dakotans, and

Whereas, Initiated Measure 25 does not contain protections against wasteful spending or the diversion of the tax revenues it raises to other programs or the state’s general fund, and

Whereas, Initiated Measure 25 will hurt South Dakota retailers, potentially causing many to close and potentially leading to the loss of hundreds of jobs, and

Whereas, Initiated Measure 25 could lead to more cross-border smuggling of tobacco and an increase in contraband and smuggling-related crimes, now

Therefore, be it resolved that the South Dakota Republican Party urges a "NO" vote by all eligible voters on Initiated Measure 25 in the 2018 general election.

              

IM 26  -     DECEPTIVE DRUG BILL

Whereas, IM – 26 is a measure promoted by two well known liberal Democrats, and

Whereas, these individuals have deep and extensive ties to liberal groups, and to the apparatus of the current national and state Democratic Party, and

Whereas, substantial out of state money was used to hire paid signature collectors who gathered the required signatures and deceptively promoted this measure to the public, and

Whereas, similar measures to IM -26 were placed on the ballot in California and Ohio in recent elections and were defeated, in Ohio by an overwhelming margin, and

Whereas, veterans groups in both the aforementioned states aggressively and overwhelmingly opposed similar measures as they could potentially threaten veterans health care, and

Whereas, IM – 26 threatens to increase prescription drug costs for a majority of the people of South Dakota, and

Whereas, IM – 26 threatens retail pharmacy operations and businesses in South Dakota, largely in our small and medium size communities, now

Therefore, be it resolved by the South Dakota Republican Party that we support veterans and small businesses throughout South Dakota, and urge a "NO" vote on IM – 26 by all eligible voters in the 2018 general election.


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