Here is a press release from the SDCAC:
The Truth Squad will systematically correct any lies about IM10 using the actual language to defend the merits of this common sense reform.
Rapid City Journal Article 25OCT08: IM 10: Ending 'corruption' or 'gag' law?
LIE: School Board members drive to Pierre several times during the legislative session to speak to lawmakers about education, and expenses are paid with district funds -- taxpayer money -- which Wes Storm believes would violate the proposed law.
TRUTH: YES on 10 encourages elected officials to address the legislature instead of using tax dollars to outsource government through 3rd party hired lobbyists.
· Section 3. The provisions of §12-27-21 do not limit public officials in the performance of their constitutional duties, and do not apply to: (1) Communications among and between a member and a staff member of a legislative body, or between an elected or appointed public officer and a legislator or a legislative staff member
Associated Press 24OCT08: Teacher union funds group against ballot measure
Associated Press 21OCT08: Retirement officials not writing ballot letter
LIE: The NEA and the South Dakota Education Association, which has 7,000 members, donated money to fight the ballot measure because the proposed law would prevent teachers and others who work under collective bargaining agreements from making campaign donations to candidates, SDEA officials said.
TRUTH: YES on 10 specifically excludes teachers, cops, firemen and all other government workers under employment contracts. They can contribute to any candidate they want.
· Section 10(2) A contract for services includes collective bargaining agreements with a labor organization representing employees but not employment contracts with individual employees;
LIE: The NEA's Ballot Measure Fund is intended partly to protect members from proposals such as Initiated Measure 10, which are attacks on the free speech rights of teachers, firefighters and others, Healy said.
LIE: The Retirement System's board and other officials believe Initiated Measure 10 would hamper the system's ability to explain to members how a legislative proposal might harm the system. They also argue it would prohibit system officials from seeking out members of the Legislature to talk about bills.
TRUTH: YES on 10 will not prevent any public employee from talking to any elected official on their own time or when appearing before a public body. It simply prevents them from using tax dollars to lobby.
· Section 3. The provisions of §12-27-21 do not limit public officials in the performance of their constitutional duties, and do not apply to: (3) Appearances and communications by a public officer or employee, pursuant to a request to appear before a public body to provide information
· (4) A public employee acting in an uncompensated personal capacity, undirected in any manner by, and who does not purport to represent the interests of, a public employer; and
Truth is, the Constitution protects everyone's free speech. No state law can infringe upon those rights. Don't buy the lie, VOTE YES on 10!