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Initiated measure will be on 2014 ballot


SIOUX FALLS, SD (KELO-AM) Secretary of State Jason Gant announced today that the petitions submitted for an initiated measure to require health insurers to include all providers on their provider lists has passed the petition certification process, and will be placed on the November 4, 2014 General Election ballot.  The measure, described in its title as “An initiated measure to require health insurers to include all willing and qualified health care providers on their provider lists,” will now appear on the ballot as Initiated Measure 17.

 “From our 5% sample of 1,526 signatures, we validated 1,145 out of the 30,514 officially submitted and invalidated 381 for various reasons including lack of voter registration, improperly filling out the petitions, legibility, and notary public errors. Invalid signatures comprised 24.97% of the total signatures sampled, and under state law, the number of valid signatures sampled was sufficient for the measure to pass validation for the ballot,” Gant said. “If we extrapolate the valid signatures, as per South Dakota Law, they submitted 22,895 valid signatures, well over the minimum requirement of 15,855 needed.”

 “Any group wishing to challenge the validation has 5 business days, which will be Friday, the 6th of December,” Gant said.

 Gant noted, “This measure marks the first initiated measure that will appear on the 2014 General Election. Still pending is the minimum wage measure which will be completed soon.  The legislature does have the option to include constitutional measures on the ballot, and citizens have the ability to refer laws passed during the 2014 session.”

 As with all ballot measures facing voters, if they would like additional information, the Secretary of State website has more information including the Title and Explanation of this measure.