PIERRE, S.D. (AP) - A South Dakota Committee has defeated a measure that would have asked voters whether the state should expand Medicaid in line with the federal Affordable Care Act.The resolution was brought by minority Democrats, and defeated on party lines. Republicans say that it would be "bad precedent" to let voters decide. That's an interesting statement, considering South Dakota was the first state to adopt statewide ballot initiatives and referendum, way back in 1898. For more than 100 years, that state's voters have been deciding issues for the state, so it's pretty hard to believe that a bad precedent would be set with this one.
The Senate State Affairs Committee voted 7-2 against the resolution.
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