(House Bill 1275)
An Act to clarify signature requirements on petitions regarding the change of form of government in municipalities.
Be it enacted by the Legislature of the State of South Dakota:
Section 1. That § 9-11-6 be AMENDED:
If a petition
signed by fifteen percent of the registered voters
of any municipality, as determined by the total number of registered
voters at the last preceding general election, is presented to the
requesting that an election be called for the purpose of voting upon
a question of change of form of government or upon a question of the
number of wards, commissioners,
or trustees, the governing body shall call an election to be held
within fifty days from the date of the filing of the petition with
the municipal finance officer. At that election,
the question of the change of form of government or the number of
or trustees, or both,
submitted to the voters. No signature
on the petition
is valid if signed
more than six
prior to the filing of the petitions
after the circulation start date declared on the petition forms.
If the petition is filed on or after January first prior to the
annual municipal election and within sufficient time to comply with
the provisions of § 9-13-14,
the question may be submitted at that annual municipal election.
must be held
upon the same notice and conducted in the same manner as other city
Signed March 3, 2022
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