South Dakota Measure 5, State Aircraft for State Use (2006)
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|South Dakota Measure 5 (2006)|
Election Results via: South Dakota Secretary of State
The South Dakota Attorney General's explanation of the measure is as follows:
State law currently allows state employees to use vehicles owned or leased by the State only for state business. There is a limited exception for state employees with a supervisor’s approval. The Governor and certain law enforcement personnel are exempt.
The proposed law requires aircraft owned or leased by the State to be used only for state business, with no exceptions. A person violating this provision would now be subject to civil and criminal penalties.
South Dakota Taxpayers for Accountability (their website http://www.ourairplane.org is no longer active). Reasons mentioned for proposing the measure: government officials using public resources for personal reasons betrays the public trust and the potential for liability should an accident occur.
South Dakota Governor - Mike Rounds voted against Measure 5. Some of his reasons: "When an opportunity arises to combine state business and a personal or family event, the governor should be allowed to do so" and "this [measure] will stop future governors from saving tax dollars by paying the state for use of the state plane when non-government events happen on the same trip."
Donors to the campaign for the measure:
- National Taxpayers Union Ballot Committee: $354
- Total: $354
Donors to the campaign against the measure:
- No on 5 Committee: $35,000
- Total: $35,000
- Overall Total: $35,354
- South Dakota 2006 ballot measures
- 2006 ballot measures
- South Dakota State Senate
- South Dakota House of Representatives
- Text of the Initiative Petition
- 2006 South Dakota Ballot Question Pamphlet
- State Travel Law Changes Spark Controversy Keloland TV, November 19, 2006
- Fly Me, I'm Mikey and I am really, really privileged and special, Dakota Today blog, June 10, 2006
- SD Taxpayers for Accountability Release on Plane Victory, S.D. Watch and Epp Law Report blog, November 8, 2006