Twenty-one of the 105 legislators cast votes earlier this year against SB 59 that changed the date to July 1 for constitutional amendments, initiated measures and referendums to take effect in South Dakota.
Sen. Jim White, R-Huron, sponsored the bill. It gathered zero support from Democratic lawmakers. It moves the effective date back seven months. The previous law had ballot measures take effect the day after the State Canvassing Board completed its official canvass.
The Senate approved it 28-7 on Jan. 24. Nays came from six Democrats — Billie Sutton of Burke, Troy Heinert of Mission, Craig Kennedy of Yankton, Jason Frerichs of Wilmot, Kevin Killer of Pine Ridge and Reynold Nesiba of Sioux Falls — and one Republican, Stace Nelson of Fulton.
The House of Representatives took it up Feb. 27 and passed it 53-14. Pushing their red buttons in opposition were 10 Democrats and four Republicans.
The 10 Democrats were Spencer Hawley of Brookings, Julie Bartling of Gregory, Dan Ahlers of Dell Rapids, Shawn Bordeaux of Mission, Oren Lesmeister of Parade, Steven McCleerey of Sisseton, Ray Ring of Vermillion, Jamie Smith of Sioux Falls, Karen Soli of Sioux Falls and Susan Wismer of Britton.
The four Republicans were Blaine Campbell of Rapid City, Drew Dennert of Aberdeen, Dan Kaiser of Aberdeen and Isaac Latterell of Tea.
Gov. Dennis Daugaard, a Republican, signed SB 59 into law March 8.