South Dakota State Aircraft for State Use, Initiative 5 (2006)

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The South Dakota State Aircraft for State Use Initiative, also known as Initiative 5, was on the November 7, 2006 ballot in South Dakota as an initiated state statute, where it was approved. The measure required aircraft owned or leased by the state to be used only for state business, with no exceptions.[1][2]

Election results

South Dakota Initiative 5 (2006)
ResultVotesPercentage
Approveda Yes 180,592 55.36%
No145,59444.64%

Election results via: South Dakota Political Almanac, South Dakota Constitutional Amendments, Initiatives and Referendums 1970-2010

Text of measure

The text of the measure can be read here.

Support

Reasons mentioned in support of the measure: government officials using public resources for personal reasons betrays the public trust and the potential for liability should an accident occur.[3]

Campaign contributions

Donors to the campaign for the measure:[4]

  • National Taxpayers Union Ballot Committee: $354
  • Total: $354

Opponents

South Dakota Governor - Mike Rounds voted against Measure 5, saying, "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."[5]

Campaign contributions

Donors to the campaign against the measure:

  • No on 5 Committee: $35,000
  • Total: $35,000

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