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{{TOCnestright}}'''South Dakota Legislator Travel Reimbursements, Constitutional Amendment G''' appeared on the [[South Dakota 2008 ballot measures|November 2008 ballot]] in [[South Dakota]].  The measure was [[legislative referral|referred]] to the ballot by the [[South Dakota Legislature]] acting on House Joint Resolution 1003 (HJR 1003) on February 6, 2008.  It was a proposed amendment to the [[South Dakota Constitution]]. The measure was referred to the ballot based on a recommendation from the 2004 Constitutional Revision Commission<ref>[http://legis.state.sd.us/interim/2005/CRC.pdf ''Constitutional Revision Commission'']</ref>.
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The measure, if it had passed, would have repealed restrictions on reimbursements for travel by state legislators to and from legislative sessions.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.<ref>[http://legis.state.sd.us/statutes/DisplayStatute.aspx?Statute=2-4-2&Type=Statute ''South Dakota Codified Law, Statute 2-4-2'']</ref> Amendment G would have repealed this limitation, enabling legislators to seek travel reimbursement at a higher rate.<ref>[http://www.sdsos.gov/electionsvoteregistration/upcomingelection_2008BQExplanations.shtm ''Attorney General explanation'']</ref>
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The '''South Dakota Legislator Travel Reimbursements Amendment''', also known as '''Amendment G''', was on the [[2008 ballot measures#South Dakota|November 4, 2008 ballot]] in [[South Dakota]] as a {{lrcafull}}, where it was '''defeated'''.  The measure was [[legislative referral|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<ref>[http://legis.state.sd.us/interim/2005/CRC.pdf ''Constitutional Revision Commission'']</ref>.
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The measure, if it had passed, would have repealed restrictions on reimbursements for travel by state legislators to and from legislative sessions.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.<ref>[https://web.archive.org/web/20140516220654/http://sdsos.gov/elections-voting/assets/BallotQuestions1890-2010.pdf ''South Dakota Political Almanac,'' "South Dakota Constitutional Amendments, Initiatives and Referendums 1970-2010," accessed August 26, 2014]</ref><ref>[https://sdsos.gov/elections-voting/election-resources/election-history/election-history-search.aspx ''South Dakota Secretary of State'',  "Historical Election Data," accessed August 27, 2014]</ref>
  
  
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''See also [[2008 ballot measure election results]]''
 
''See also [[2008 ballot measure election results]]''
  
These results are based on the Elections Division of South Dakota.<ref>[http://electionresults.sd.gov/applications/st25cers3/resultsSW.aspx?type=bq South Dakota Elections Division, 2008 Election Results]</ref>
 
 
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Election results via: [https://web.archive.org/web/20140516220654/http://sdsos.gov/elections-voting/assets/BallotQuestions1890-2010.pdf South Dakota Political Almanac, South Dakota Constitutional Amendments, Initiatives and Referendums 1970-2010]
  
==Arguments in Favor==
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==Text of measure==
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The text of the measure can be read [https://sdsos.gov/elections-voting/election-resources/election-history/2008/2008_general_information_ballot_question_attorney_general_explanations_full_text.aspx here].
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==Support==
 
Arguments made in support of the measure included:
 
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.
 
* 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.<ref>[http://www.sdsos.gov/electionsvoteregistration/electvoterpdfs/2008SouthDakotaBallotQuestionPamphlet.pdf ''2008 South Dakota Ballot Questions Pamphlet''], Pro -- Constitutional Amendment G</ref>
 
* 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.<ref>[http://www.sdsos.gov/electionsvoteregistration/electvoterpdfs/2008SouthDakotaBallotQuestionPamphlet.pdf ''2008 South Dakota Ballot Questions Pamphlet''], Pro -- Constitutional Amendment G</ref>
  
==Arguments Against==
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==Opposition==
 
Arguments made against the measure included:
 
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.
 
* 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.
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==External links==
 
==External links==
* [http://www.sdsos.gov/electionsvoteregistration/electvoterpdfs/2008/HJR1003.pdf Text of measure]
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* [https://web.archive.org/web/20140516220654/http://sdsos.gov/elections-voting/assets/BallotQuestions1890-2010.pdf ''South Dakota Political Almanac,'' South Dakota Constitutional Amendments, Initiatives and Referendums 1970-2010]
* [http://www.sdsos.gov/electionsvoteregistration/electvoterpdfs/2008SouthDakotaBallotQuestionPamphlet.pdf 2008 South Dakota Ballot Questions Pamphlet]
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* [https://sdsos.gov/elections-voting/election-resources/election-history/2008/2008_general_information_ballot_question_attorney_general_explanations_full_text.aspx South Dakota Secretary of State: 2008 Ballot Question Text]
* [http://www.sdsos.gov/electionsvoteregistration/upcomingelection_ballotquestionstatus.shtm Ballot question status from the Secretary of State]
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==Additional reading==
 
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* [http://www.dakotavoice.com/2008/09/voters-need-to-pass-amendment-g-to-get.html ''Voters need to pass Amendment G to get legislative travel up to date''], Dakota Voice, September 22, 2008
 
* [http://www.dakotavoice.com/2008/09/voters-need-to-pass-amendment-g-to-get.html ''Voters need to pass Amendment G to get legislative travel up to date''], Dakota Voice, September 22, 2008
 
* [http://www.zwire.com/site/news.cfm?newsid=20145426&BRD=1971&PAG=461&dept_id=175429&rfi=6 ''Voters Will Decide Seven Issues''], Marshall County Journal, October 1, 2008
 
* [http://www.zwire.com/site/news.cfm?newsid=20145426&BRD=1971&PAG=461&dept_id=175429&rfi=6 ''Voters Will Decide Seven Issues''], Marshall County Journal, October 1, 2008
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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[1].

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.[2][3]


Election results

See also 2008 ballot measure election results

South Dakota Amendment G (2008)
ResultVotesPercentage
Defeatedd No211,41358.86%
Yes 147,763 41.14%

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

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.[4]

Opposition

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.[5]

Editorials

  • The Press Dakotan endorsed the passage of Amendment G.[6]

Polls

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[7]

See also

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