"Proponents like to talk about how this will promote open and clean government ," said Greg Dean of Pierre, who opposes the measure. "If you go through and read the 2,000-some words, it certainly has the potential to take away..political free speech from hundreds of South Dakotans, a lot of them simply because they may be related distantly to someone who may be a party to a government contract or no-bid contract."
Ballot issue targets open government
Argus Leader (Sioux Falls, SD) - October 12, 2008
The Argus Leader also published Attorney General Larry Long's description of the measure:
Attorney General Larry Long is required by law to write a short explanation of each ballot measure. His description of Initiated Measure 10 says:
§ State law already restricts campaign contributions from all government and tribal entities, prohibits spending public money to support or oppose ballot measures and limits contracts that benefit legislators.
§ It would prohibit state and local governments and their officers and employees, independent contractors, consultants and candidates from using government resources for campaigning or lobbying.
§ Exceptions exist for communication with or appearances before legislators and public bodies.
§ It would prohibit those who employ current or recent legislators from getting government contracts. It would bar holders of no-bid contracts, and their employees and family members, from contributing to candidate campaigns.