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Absent a challenge, crime victim measure to go before voters

SIOUX FALLS (AP) -- A constitutional amendment that would expand the rights of crime victims during court proceedings and criminal trials is on the way to voters.

SIOUX FALLS (AP) - A constitutional amendment that would expand the rights of crime victims during court proceedings and criminal trials is on the way to voters.

Secretary of State Shantel Krebs said Monday that her office has validated the measure.

The office looks at signatures and petition completeness as part of its review before the measures can appear on the ballot.

Jason Glodt is heading a political organization that's pushing the measure patterned after "Marsy's Law," which California voters approved in 2008 after the murder of a college student.

Glodt says it would guarantee crime victims have a voice in criminal proceedings such as plea agreements and would put them first in line for restitution.

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He says the certification is good news for the campaign. Krebs' certification can be challenged through Jan. 20.

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