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Bill offered to overhaul initiative requirements, start date

PIERRE (AP) -- State lawmakers are set to consider a bill that would move back the date that voter-approved ballot initiatives take effect in South Dakota.

PIERRE (AP) - State lawmakers are set to consider a bill that would move back the date that voter-approved ballot initiatives take effect in South Dakota.

The bill introduced this week says also that voter initiatives would be subject to the same constitutional requirements that apply to measures put forward by the Legislature.

Sponsor Sen. Jim White says that would include requiring a two-thirds majority to approve ballot measures that spend money.

The bill comes after initiatives including a crime victims' rights constitutional amendment and a government ethics overhaul caused confusion for officials when provisions took effect shortly after Election Day.

The bill would change the start date for constitutional amendments, ballot measures and referred laws to the July 1 after the official canvass. Right now, initiatives can take effect the day afterward.

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