Vote YES on Amendment R

Originally posted in the Southeast Tech Times (Fall 2016 Issue)

For the first time in South Dakota’s history, the state’s four technical institutes including Lake Area Technical Institute, Mitchell Technical Institute, Southeast Technical Institute, and Western Dakota Technical Institute have an opportunity to be formally recognized on equal footing with the state’s other colleges and universities under the South Dakota Constitution. Currently the Constitution only recognizes the K-12 system as well as the Board of Regents which oversees the South Dakota university system.

South Dakota is currently the only state in the nation whose legislature doesn’t recognize a public 2-year postsecondary system.

Constitutional Amendment R
Title: An Amendment to the South Dakota Constitution regarding postsecondary technical education institutes. 

Attorney General Explanation 
Under the South Dakota Constitution, the Board of Regents is responsible for postsecondary educational institutions funded entirely or in part by the State. Constitutional Amendment R applies to postsecondary technical education institutes that receive state funding and offer career and technical associate of applied science degrees, certificates, or their equivalents. Currently, there are four such institutes: Lake Area Technical Institute, Mitchell Technical Institute, Southeast Technical Institute, and Western Dakota Technical Institute. Under the amendment, postsecondary technical institutes will be governed separately in a manner to be determined by the Legislature. 

The amendment also clarifies that the Board of Regents retains control over state-funded postsecondary educational institutions offering associate of arts, associate of sciences, bachelor’s, and postgraduate degrees. 
A vote “Yes” is for adding a provision to the Constitution regarding postsecondary technical educational institutes. A vote “No” will leave the Constitution as it is.

This measure was supported nearly unanimously by 105:1 votes in the South Dakota Legislature, is backed by Governor Dennis Daugaard, the four technical schools as well as the school districts that oversee them and the Board of Regents. Ultimately, it will be up to South Dakota’s citizens to decide this election, Tuesday, November 8.

Who is Supporting Amendment R?

School Districts
Aberdeen School District
Madison School District
Mitchell School District
Rapid City School District
Sioux Falls School District
Watertown School District
Yankton School District

Professional Organizations
Aberdeen Chamber of Commerce
Aberdeen Development Corp.
Aberdeen Development Corp.
Black Hills Home Builder’s Assoc.
Contractors PAC of South Dakota
Focus Watertown
Forward Sioux Falls
Home Builders of the Sioux Empire
Mitchell Chamber of Commerce
Mitchell Development Corp.
Pierre Economic Development Co.
Rapid City Chamber of Commerce
Rapid City Development Corp.
SD Associated General Contractors Associates Division
SD Associated General Contractors, Highway Heavy
SD Automobile Dealers Assoc.
SD Home Builder’s Assoc.
SD Rural Electric Association Managers
Sioux Falls Chamber of Commerce
South Dakota Assoc. of Career and Technical Education
South Dakota Association of Cooperatives
South Dakota Homebuilder’s Assoc.
South Dakota Ready Mix/Concrete Assoc.
South Dakota Telecom Assoc.
South Dakota Trucker’s Assoc.
U.S. Home Builder’s Assoc.
Watertown Chamber of Commerce
Watertown Home Builder’s Assoc.
Yankton Area Progressive Growth

Applied Engineering
Arc Fabricators
Arndt-Bell/Bell Incorporated
Auto Doctor
Avera Health
Aviation Mfg. Group, Inc.
Big Sioux Power Sports
Billion Motors
Black Hills Corp.
Bon Home Yankton Electric
Brooks Construction
Buck’s Electric
Butler Caterpillar
BX Civil & Construction
Carbase, Inc.
Central Electric Coop
Century Link
Clay-Union Electric
Codington, Clark Electric
Concrete Materials
Courtesy Subaru
Don Roby R&R Investments
Earthbend, Inc.
FEM Electric
Fischer Rounds & Associates
Glacial Lakes Harley-Davidson
Glen Barber & Associates
Grand Electric
Great Western Bank
Harry K Ford Store
Hartley Transportation
J&L Harley-Davidson
James Valley Telecommunication
Journey Group, Inc.
Kennebec Telephone Company
Kolberg-Pioneer, Inc.
KXLG Radio
L.G. Everist, Inc.
McDonald’s Hartshorn, Inc.
MFG, Inc.
Midwest Railcar Repair
Mills Construction
Moreau Grand Electric
Muth Electric
Myrl & Roy’s Paving
North Central Farmers
North Western Warehouse Co.
Office Peeps
Otter Tail Electric
Poet Bio-Refining Hudson
Poet Bio-Refining Mitchell
Prairie Lakes Hospital
Premiere Bank
Prostrollo, Inc.
Puetz Corp
RC Technologies
RFA Engineering
Rice Honda
Rushmore Electric
Sanford Health
Santel Communications
SFC (Journey Group Co.)
Soukup Construction, Inc.
Steven Eddy Trucking
Trail King, Inc.
Transport Data Systems
Truxedo, Inc.
Union County Electric
Venture Communications
Valley Telecommunications 
Vishay, Inc.
Von Wald & Assoc., Inc.
West River Electric

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