State’s ballot-measure task force meets today w/updates

The Legislature’s Initiative and Referendum Task Force meets at 3 p.m. CT today at the Capitol, room 412. This likely will be the panel’s final meeting. The agenda is here.

The purpose is to consider a final proposal, labeled Draft 108, that would ask the Legislature to give state government’s Board of Elections the authority to appoint a citizen review panel.

The draft legislation is at this link.

The panel would issue pro and con statements on each initiated measure that clears the other legal requirements to appear on the statewide ballot.

You can listen via the Internet through The meeting is scheduled to conclude at 4:10 p.m. CT.

The panel made a variety of recommendations regarding ballot measures at its previous meeting Aug. 23. Here are the eight pages of minutes from that meeting.

Update 4:20 p.m. CT: The task force is still working. Sections six and seven have been removed. The task force also agreed to require “at least one” meeting be held in Pierre.

Update 4:35 p.m. CT: The task force voted 8-3 to keep sections one, two and three and remove the rest.

Update 5:02 p.m. CT: The task force added a sentence to the draft that the commission’s 300 word objective statement be placed on the Secretary of State office website. Then the task force voted 9-2 for the final version. “This is like the tail. The dog has left the room,” Viken said.

Rep. Tim Reed, R-Brookings, said he would be prime sponsor of the measure in the House of Representatives. The bill will start in the House. Sen. Jim Bolin, R-Canton, said he would defer to Sen. Ernie Otten, R-Tea, if Otten wants to be the lead sponsor in the Senate. Otherwise Bolin would agree to be the Senate lead sponsor.

The final roll call started at 4:55 p.m. CT. The chairwoman, Augustana University faculty member Emily Wanless, remarked after the vote: “Let the record show I’m sticking my tongue out at Senator Nesiba.”