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Senate wants 60% voter threshold for some ballot initiatives

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Published: Mar. 2, 2021 at 7:25 PM CST
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PIERRE, S.D. (AP) - The South Dakota Senate has paved the way for primary election voters to speed into law before the next general election a constitutional amendment requiring a higher voter threshold for future ballot initiatives that pass taxes or spending programs.

The Senate passed a resolution to put it to voters in the next primary election whether ballot initiatives should have a 60% vote requirement if they pass taxes or spend more than $10 million in a year.

The Senate’s move to put the issue on the primary election ballot was an effort to head off a looming Medicaid expansion ballot initiative before the November election.

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