South Dakota Legislator Travel Reimbursements, Amendment G (2008)
The South Dakota Legislator Travel Reimbursements Amendment, also known as Amendment G, was on the November 4, 2008 ballot in South Dakota as a legislatively-referred constitutional amendment, where it was defeated. The measure was referred to the ballot by the South Dakota Legislature acting on House Joint Resolution 1003 (HJR 1003) on February 6, 2008. The measure was referred to the ballot based on a recommendation from the 2004 Constitutional Revision Commission.
The measure, if it had passed, would have repealed restrictions on reimbursements for travel by state legislators to and from legislative sessions.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 Amendment G would have repealed this limitation, enabling legislators to seek travel reimbursement at a higher rate.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
|South Dakota Amendment G (2008)|
Text of measure
The text of the measure can be read here.
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|
- South Dakota 2008 ballot measures
- 2008 ballot measures
- List of South Dakota ballot measures
- History of Initiative & Referendum in South Dakota
- South Dakota Political Almanac, South Dakota Constitutional Amendments, Initiatives and Referendums 1970-2010
- South Dakota Secretary of State: 2008 Ballot Question Text
- 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
- Constitutional Revision Commission
- South Dakota Political Almanac, "South Dakota Constitutional Amendments, Initiatives and Referendums 1970-2010," accessed August 27, 2014
- South Dakota Secretary of State, "Historical Election Data," accessed August 27, 2014
- South Dakota Secretary of State, "2008 South Dakota Ballot Question pamphlet," accessed August 27, 2014
- 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
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