Vote “No” on Amendment W

South Dakota Home Builders Association Opposes Amendment W

Pierre, South Dakota – The South Dakota Home Builders Association announced on Friday, November 2, 2018 that its Board of Directors voted to oppose Amendment W on this upcoming ballot in the 2018 Elections.

Amendment W creates an entirely new Article of the South Dakota Constitution and declares that the new article is superior to all other sections of the constitution. It creates a board of non-elected officials, and forces the legislature and Governor to fund it for approximately $400,000 per year plus annual increases for inflation.

Amendment W is poorly written and violates standards of fairness by creating an Article of the South Dakota Constitution and declaring that the new article is superior to all other sections of the constitution by stating “If there are any conflicts with any provisions of the constitution and the new article, this article shall control.”

Amendment W creates a non-elected board, called “The State Government Accountability Board” and gives it unprecedented power and authority over all “non-federal elected officials”, starting with the Governor and ending with members of special local districts including, road, irrigation, fire and ambulance districts and empowers this non-elected board with authority over public employee’s working for state, county, and local government.

Amendment W is Wrong for South Dakota, and should be defeated tomorrow at the polls. Please vote “No” for Amendment W.