The Decorum Forum is, I believe I can safely say, carrying the most information about the most important issue on the November ballot in South Dakota.
The elections of the people from among whom we have to choose are pretty much tossups in my mind. I don’t think the election of a particular person to a particular office will result in significant change in my life. The ballot issues, though, are pretty important and their passage or failure can, and will in some cases, have significant effect on my life. Following are the two proposed constitutional amendments and the two proposed changes to statute law on which you can vote in November (or earlier by absentee ballot).
Constitutional Amendment K - An amendment to Article VI of the Constitution of the State of South Dakota, relating to the right of individuals to vote by secret ballot.
Constitutional Amendment L - Amendments to Article XIII of the Constitution, relating to the trust fund created from the proceeds of the state cement enterprise sales.
Referred Law 12 - An Act to prohibit smoking tobacco or carrying lighted tobacco products in certain places and to require certain persons to inform violators of the prohibition.
Initiated Measure 13 - An Act to provide safe access to medical marijuana for certain qualified persons.
Click HERE to read the proposed laws and the attorney general’s explanation of them.
These are my endorsements:
Amendment K; YES (seems fundamental)
Amendment L; NO OPINION (I hope someone makes up my mind for me. Tell me how I should vote, and why.)
Referred Law 12; NO (unconscionable intrusion into personal and private affairs, which will probably pass)
Initiated Measure 13; YES (let patients and doctors decide on courses of therapy)
Other fora will probably take up the first three issues. IM13 will be discussed at length here.