SD AG Statement on Youth Minimum Wage Ballot Measure

Phil Jensen


payPIERRE, S.D. – South Dakota Attorney General Marty Jackley announced today he has delivered to the Secretary of State an Attorney General Explanation for Referred Law 20.

In 2015 the Legislature enacted Senate Bill 177 involving a youth minimum wage.  That law was scheduled to go into effect July 1, 2015. The enactment of the law, however, was suspended due to the successful filing of a referral petition.

The Secretary of State certified the law as Referred Law 20. It will not become law unless approved by a majority vote at the November 2016 general election. The title of the Attorney General’s Explanation reads: An Act lowering the State minimum wage for non-tipped employees under age 18.

Rick Kriebel 2016


Under South Dakota law, the Attorney General is responsible for preparing explanations for proposed initiated measures, referred laws, and South Dakota Constitutional Amendments. The explanation is an objective, clear, and a simple summary to describe for voters the purpose and effect of a proposed measure.  The Attorney General Explanation is not a statement either for or against the proposed measure.

To view the Attorney General Explanation for Referred Law 20, please click on the link:

To date the Attorney General has released Attorney General Explanations for several other ballot measures. To view these explanations on the Secretary of State’s website, please click on the link:

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