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PlanetBev Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue May-23-06 05:34 PM
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What is going on with SD anti-choice law repeal petition?
Edited on Tue May-23-06 05:36 PM by PlanetBev
I read that Campaign for Healthy Families are going to finalize the drive on May 30th, because the other side is trying legal tactics to cut off the drive before June 19th. If they don't have enough signatures collected by May 30th, can they continue the petition until June 19th?
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existentialist Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue May-23-06 10:21 PM
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1. South Dakota referendum
They probably can continue the petition drive until June 19 if they had to. That is 90 days from the last day the legislature met--which was veto day, after the regular session. However, the opposition is essentially saying that veto day doesn't count because the legislature had already met all of the days authorized by the state constitution prior to veto day, (which is about two weeks after the rest of the regular session).

Prior to this issue arising most legislators considered that one of the days shouldn't count because it was just the session from the previous day that had continued on after midnight (and well into the morning).

I believe that the argument that they shouldn't be allowed to count from the veto day is weak, because veto day has always been the point to count from before.

If, however, the Campaign for Healthy families already has the signatures--which they must at least be very close to having--and chooses to turn the petition in early and avoid a legal fight on the issue, that's OK with me.
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PlanetBev Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed May-24-06 12:13 AM
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2. Thanks for the info, Wicasa
This is just driving me up the wall. Is there nothing these fanatics don't think of to thwart Democracy?

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