Referendum to repeal SB201(Referred Law 21) now officially on the November ballot

PIERRE, S.D.(KELOLAND)- South Dakota voters will have a seventh ballot question for this November’s election.

South Dakota Secretary of State Monae Johnson announced the petition to refer Senate Bill 201, called by supporters as “The Landowner Bill of Rights,” was validated to a statewide vote on repealing the law that did not go into effect July 1, because of the referendum.

Referred Law 21 will appear on the 2024 General Election ballot after Johnson’s office validated more than 17,500 signatures required to refer the state law to a statewide vote. Johnson said the random sample found 92% of the signatures turned in to be valid, deeming 31,432 valid signatures.

SB201 passed the Legislature in 2024 and was signed into law by Gov. Kristi Noem.

In addition to the issue qualifying for the ballot, the South Dakota Attorney General’s Office released a final ballot statement for Senate Bill 201.

The title of SB 201 will be “A Referred Act to Provide New Statutory Requirements for Regulating Linear Transmission Facilities, to Allow Counties to Impose a Surcharge on Certain Pipeline Companies, and to Establish a Landowner Bill of Rights.”

A “Yes” vote will allow the legislation to become law and a “No” vote will reject the law.

Along with Referred Law 21, there are four possible Constitutional Amendments and two initiated measures scheduled to be on the 2024 General Election ballot.