- Associated Press - Monday, January 22, 2018

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) - The Latest on a plan to make it harder to change the state constitution (all times local):

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10:55 a.m.

A South Dakota Senate panel has approved a measure that would ask voters to make it harder to change the state constitution.

The Senate State Affairs Committee voted 6-2 Monday to advance the proposal.

It would put a constitutional amendment before voters this year that would increase the majority vote threshold required for a constitutional change to at least 55 percent of the votes cast on an amendment.

Republican Sen. Jim Bolin, the resolution’s sponsor, says the measure would protect the state constitution.

Rob Timm, president and CEO of the Chiesman Center for Democracy, says the proposal is a potential erosion of freedoms and a potential assault on direct democracy.

Republicans have discussed changes to the ballot question system after the 2016 election season brought 10 questions and millions of dollars from out-of-state groups.

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7:58 a.m.

A South Dakota Senate panel is set to debate a measure that would ask voters to make it harder to change the state constitution.

The Senate State Affairs Committee is scheduled to take up the proposal Monday.

It would put a constitutional amendment before voters this year that would increase the majority vote threshold required for a constitutional change to at least 55 percent of the votes cast on an amendment.

Republican Sen. Jim Bolin, the resolution’s sponsor, has said the state constitution needs special protection.

Republicans have discussed changes to the ballot question system after the 2016 election season brought 10 questions and millions of dollars from out-of-state groups.

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