Zeke Kennen May 26, at 6:
That proposal fell short of a two-thirds vote in the Senate and died in House State Affairs. Revising the LRC table, I find that sincevoters have approved 45 of 97 proposed constitutional amendments.
For the parliamentarians among us, if we considered the traditional parliamentary rule-changing threshold of two-thirds, only eight amendments out of the 97 over the last 46 years would have passed. But as I noted in our discussion of SJR 2 last winterwe already make amending the constitution harder than changing our laws.
Laws can pass by Legislative vote or by citizen initiative. The Legislature cannot pass amendments by itself; any amendments the Legislature seeks must also win the approval of the voters.
Citizens can pass amendments without the Legislature, but placing an initiated amendment on the ballot requires twice as many petition signatures as an initiated law. I was going to add that citizens are probably more wary of changing their constitution than they are of changing their laws.
Sincethat difference is even greater: Those numbers suggest that we the people hold our state constitution less sacrosanct than our statutes.On September 25, , the First Congress of the United States proposed 12 amendments to the Constitution.
The Joint Resolution of Congress proposing the amendments is on display in the Rotunda in the National Archives Museum. Amendment I Freedom of Religion, Speech, Press, Assembly, and Petition Passed by Congress September 25, Ratified December 15, The first 10 amendments form the Bill of Rights.
But We South Dakotans Like Changing Our Constitution! Senator Jim Bolin wants to make it harder to amend the South Dakota Constitution.
Last Session, Senator Bolin proposed Senate Joint Resolution 2, an amendment to raise the threshold for the Legislature to call a public vote on an amendment. The first ten amendments were proposed by Congress in , at their first session; and, having received the ratification of the legislatures of three-fourths of the several States, they became a part of the Constitution December 15, .
Learn More. The Bill of Rights is the first 10 amendments to the Constitution.
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