South Dakota Legislator Travel Reimbursements, Constitutional Amendment G (2008)
The measure, if it had passed, would have repealed restrictions on reimbursements for travel by state legislators to and from legislative sessions. Currently, the Constitution fixes the mileage reimbursement rate for legislators at $0.05 per mile for their legislative session travels on the first and last day of travel. Legislators currently receive standard mileage reimbursements for all other travel during session. Amendment G would have repealed this limitation, enabling legislators to seek travel reimbursement at a higher rate.
See also 2008 ballot measure election results
These results are based on the Elections Division of South Dakota.
|South Dakota Amendment G (2008)|
Arguments in Favor
Arguments made in support of the measure included:
- The current rate of reimbursement dates back to 1891. Removing this language from the Constitution would allow rates to be set according to current rates.
- If the purpose of a state Constitution is to "establish the framework for a government and to subject everyone fairly to the law", then having rates of reimbursement for certain classes is inappropriate.
Arguments made against the measure included:
- When this provision was inserted into the Constitution, five cents per mile was expensive. It is valuable for legislators to be reminded of their humble roots, and a reminder to be fiscally responsible.
- This provision has been in the Constitution for 116 years - why change it now?
- There are more serious matters that can be addressed by constitutional amendment. It is a waste of time to add meaningless amendments to the ballot when there is more important work to be done.
- The Press Dakotan endorsed the passage of Amendment G.
- See also Polls, 2008 ballot measures.
|Month of Poll||Polling company||In Favor||Opposed||Undecided|
|October 2008||Sioux Falls Argus Leader||31 percent||44 percent||15 percent|
- Text of measure
- 2008 South Dakota Ballot Questions Pamphlet
- Ballot question status from the Secretary of State
- Constitutional Revision Commission
- South Dakota Codified Law, Statute 2-4-2
- Attorney General explanation
- South Dakota Elections Division, 2008 Election Results
- 2008 South Dakota Ballot Questions Pamphlet, Pro -- Constitutional Amendment G
- 2008 South Dakota Ballot Questions Pamphlet, Con -- Constitutional Amendment G
- Our Opinion: These S.D. Amendments Deserve Voter Approval, Press Dakotan, October 14, 2008
- KELOLand TV, "KELO TV/Argus Leader Poll: Amendment G", October 22, 2008
- Analysis of South Dakota Amendment G, Constant Conservative, October 6, 2008
- Voters need to pass Amendment G to get legislative travel up to date, Dakota Voice, September 22, 2008
- Voters Will Decide Seven Issues, Marshall County Journal, October 1, 2008