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Title South Dakota Constitutional Revision Commission
Span Dates 1972-1975
Bulk Dates (bulk dates, 1970-1975)
Quantity 1 linear ft.
Printed Material
Location     Archives and Special Collections, University Libraries, University of South Dakota.

 The South Dakota Constitutional Revision Commission was created in 1969 to make a comprehensive study of the state Constitution and make recommendations for changes and or simplify wording in the document.  The commission consisted of 13 members that were appointed as follows:  1) Three by the presiding officer of the Senate; 2) Three by the presiding officer of the House of Representatives; 3) Three by the Governor, 4) Two by the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of South Dakota, one being an attorney and one being a judge; and, 5) The chairman of the Department of History and Political Science from South Dakota State University and the chairman of the Department of Government at The University of South Dakota.  Members of the commission would then elect a chairman, vice-chairman, and other officers.  The chairman decided on meeting times and places.  Further provisions stated that two or more members for each section could be from the same political party.    The Legislative Research Council held the responsibility of serving as secretariat for the commission.  Their duties included conducting studies and utilizing outside consults when deemed necessary by the commission.  Once the commission completed its designated duties, they were to report their findings, in the form of proposed Constitutional amendments, to the state legislature.  The powers, duties, and functions of the commission officially terminated on July 1, 1975.

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