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(Update 02/17/2016) Escapees Advocacy News 02/09/2016

Update 02/17/2016

Dear Escapees Members,

Escapees would like to thank all of the members that contacted the legislators in South Dakota. This combined effort had a substantial impact on the outcome. Escapees will continue to advocate for your RV rights.

South Dakota Senate Bill #164, entitled, “An Act to revise certain residency requirements for voter registration,” has been tabled by the State Senate Affairs Committee. During the Committee meeting, Senator Tieszen stated, “I believe there is a legal solution to this.” He continued, “I believe it’s legal and constitutional to put reasonable residency requirements on voting in South Dakota.” He is looking for a solution that “does, in fact, disenfranchise those folks that have no connection to South Dakota other than the fact that they rent a P.O. box here for financial gain.” He continued by stating, “I’m going to continue to try to work for that solution.” Tieszen stated, “Senate Bill 164, I’ve concluded, is not the solution.” He concluded by asking that Senate Bill 164 be tabled. After the vote was taken, Senate Bill 164 was tabled by an 8 to 1 vote.

In conclusion, Senate Bill 164 is a non-issue at this time. But, in the future, a voting restriction may be re-introduced. Escapees will continue to monitor this issue for future action.​

Jim Koca
Advocacy Director


Dear Escapees Members,

Escapees have been notified that the South Dakota Senate Bill #164 entitled, “An Act to revise certain residency requirements for voter registration” is scheduled to be heard in the State Senate Affairs Committee on Wednesday, February 17, 2016, at 10:00 a.m.  Escapees have sent a letter outlining its opposition to this bill to Senator Gary Cammack, chairman of the committee. Those wishing to address this issue may do so by emailing Senator Cammack at: http://legis.sd.gov/Contact/LegislatorEmail.aspx?MemberID=838&Session=2016

As information is available on this bill, we will continue to notify you, the members.

Jim Koca
Advocacy Director


Dear Escapees Members,

Senate Bill 164, entitled “An Act to revise certain residency requirements for voter registration” has been introduced in the South Dakota Legislature. This bill will impact your voting rights for those Escapees members utilizing South Dakota as your domicile if it passes. The bill was introduced by Senator Tieszen and Representative Herman Otten. It was introduced and read for the first time on February 4, 2016, and was referred to the Senate State Affairs committee on February 5, 2016. As of this writing, it is still in the committee and has not been scheduled for a hearing. 

Voting is an important component to the selection of a domicile and courts have considered this as a factor when domicile issues come before them. Escapees have a long history of supporting and fighting for your rights, and voting is very high on the list of rights for which we fight. 

Escapees wants to keep all members aware of this important issue. We will continue to monitor this bill and provide updates as they are available. Please note, Escapees is attempting to reach Tieszen, Otten and the Senate State Affairs committee for comments. 

To view the bill, please visit: Senate Bill 164

Jim Koca
Advocacy Director

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