Groups statewide celebrate defeat of Amendment C
RAPID CITY, S.D. — Groups across South Dakota celebrating the defeat of Constitutional Amendment C on Tuesday.
Constitutional Amendment C was placed on this year’s primary ballot during the 2021 legislative session. It would have required a three-fifths super-majority vote for any measure that would raise taxes or commit state funds over $10 million.
The amendment failed, with nearly 70% of South Dakotans voting against it.
Many notable organizations opposed Amendment C, including all three of South Dakota’s major healthcare providers and the state’s Chamber of Commerce.
“The opposition to [Amendment] C crossed ideological lines, it crossed party lines, it crossed policy lines,” says Matthew Schweich, the campaign director for South Dakotans for Better Marijuana Laws. “This was about a fundamental principle, which is whether the people of South Dakota would continue to have a functional initiative process, and the answer from the voters was crystal clear.”
South Dakotans for Better Marijuana Laws was among the groups advertising against Amendment C. Schweich says they opposed the amendment not just on principle, but because it could also be used against future ballot initiatives like theirs.
“It sends a very strong message to Pierre, which is ‘hands-off our ballot initiatives,’ and I think that this is going to serve as a strong deterrent against future efforts to attack the initiative process,” Schweich adds.