Rounds sounds off on new "airplane law" at Rapid City Journal
I almost missed this - today at the Rapid City Journal, Governor Rounds sounded off on the new "Airplane law." You know - the one that attached civil penalties to state employees on business trips that stop off at Wal Mart to buy a book to pass their evenings, or get a toothbrush because they forgot it at home.
This law goes far beyond restricting the use of a state airplane by a governor because it adds significant new penalties, and those penalties also apply to all state vehicles and all state employees, not just the state airplane and the governor.Read it all here. Also, catch the chatter over at Mt. Blogmore on this very topic.
Unfortunately, the biggest impact is not on me. It will be on any state employee who uses any kind of state vehicle.
If a state employee does something of a personal nature on a trip, even if it is unintentional, they are in violation of the new law. If they stop at a drug store for aspirin, that is a violation. If they missed lunch and stop at a grocery store for a late snack, that is a violation.
This law is flawed. In many cases, the effect of this law will result in the state paying mileage for the use of a personal vehicle, in addition to the use of a state vehicle. If several employees are attending a meeting or conference, one will drive their own car to avoid any appearance of impropriety and accusations of improper use of a state vehicle. Unfortunately, the taxpayer will be expected to pick up the cost for the additional mileage payment.