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  • One Democrat is running for South Dakota’s At-Large U.S. House seat—the most since 2018

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    This year’s filing deadline for candidates running for Congress in South Dakota was March 26, 2024. Two candidates are running for South Dakota’s one U.S. House district, including one Democrat and one Republican. That’s the same as the two candidates who ran in 2022, 2020, 2016, and 2014. Four candidates ran in 2018, the only…

  • South Dakota voters to decide on Medicaid work requirement amendment in Nov. 2024

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    South Dakota voters will decide on a constitutional amendment that will allow for the state legislature to establish work requirements for certain individuals to receive Medicaid. The amendment will appear on the November 2024 ballot. The amendment, which was introduced to the state legislature as Senate Joint Resolution 501 (SJR 501), passed the Senate by…

  • South Dakota Senate passes resolution on Medicaid work requirements

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    The Republican-led South Dakota Senate passed Senate Joint Resolution (SJR) 501 on January 25, 2024, which would ask voters to weigh in on a proposed constitutional amendment allowing for work requirements in the state’s expanded Medicaid program. South Dakota voters in November 2022 approved a constitutional amendment to expand Medicaid to people who earn up…

  • South Dakota unemployment insurance tax cut takes effect

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    South Dakota House Bill 1011, which decreases the state unemployment tax rate for employers by 0.5%, took effect Jan. 1, 2024. The state estimates businesses will save about $18 million in taxes in 2024 under the new law. Gov. Kristi Noem (R) signed the bill on Feb. 1, 2023. The state Senate passed the bill…

  • Gender-neutral language amendment certified for the ballot in South Dakota

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    In 2024, voters in South Dakota will decide on an amendment to make references to officeholders in the state constitution gender-neutral. The amendment would do so by changing male pronouns to specific titles. The South Dakota House of Representatives voted 58-12 to approve the amendment on Feb. 28, 2023. The South Dakota State Senate voted…

  • Initiative to expand Medicaid to appear on South Dakota ballot

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    On June 9, 2022, South Dakota Secretary of State Steve Barnett (R) announced that an initiated state statute to expand Medicaid will appear on the ballot for November 8. The initiative will appear on the ballot as Initiated Measure 28. This is the third measure to appear on the South Dakota ballot this November, and…

  • Amendment C defeated in South Dakota

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    Amendment C was defeated by South Dakota voters on June 7, 2022. With 99.7% of precincts reporting, the ‘No’ vote was at 67.43% (122,387), and the ‘Yes’ vote was at 32.57% (59,111), with a total of 163,014 voting on the amendment. The amendment would have changed the voter requirement threshold for future ballot measures, and…

  • Amendment C on the June 7 ballot for South Dakota voters

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    In South Dakota, one statewide ballot measure will appear on the June 7 primary ballot. Amendment C would change the vote requirement for future ballot measures, and may impact measures appearing on the ballot this November. Amendment C is the only statewide ballot measure that will appear on the June 7 ballot in South Dakota. Currently,…

  • Marijuana legalization initiative qualifies for the South Dakota ballot

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    On Wednesday, South Dakota Secretary of State Steve Barnett (R) announced that a ballot initiative to legalize marijuana was certified for the ballot. The measure will be titled Initiated Measure 27, and will appear on the general election ballot in November. South Dakotans for Better Marijuana Laws led the campaign to place the measure on…

  • State legislative incumbents in South Dakota are facing more contested primaries than at any point since 2010

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    Thirty-five of the 71 South Dakota state legislators running for re-election this year—all Republicans—face contested primaries. That equals 49% of incumbents, the highest rate since 2010. A contested primary is one where more candidates are running than there are seats up for election. In South Dakota’s Senate, every district has one seat, so a primary…