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State Senator District 5

Description: The South Dakota State Legislature is the legislative branch of the government of South Dakota. It is a bicameral legislative body, consisting of the Senate which has 35 members, and the House of Representatives, which has 70 members. The two houses are similar in most respects; the Senate alone holds the right to confirm gubernatorial appointments to certain offices. The Legislature meets at the South Dakota State Capitol in Pierre. It begins its annual session of the second Tuesday of January each year. The legislative session lasts 40 working days in odd-numbered years, and 35 days working days in even numbered years. Term: 4 consecutive 2 year termsSalary: $6,000 + $142 per legislative dayRequirements for Office: 21 years old; 2 years residency; qualified voter; may not have been convicted of bribery, perjury or other infamous crime; may not have illegally taken "public moneys".Petition Requirements: Depends on party and legislative district. See SD Secretary of State's website for details.

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    Adam Jewell
    (LIB)

  • Lee Schoenbeck
    (REP)

Biographical Information

What will you do to support the economy throughout our state in the face of international trade conflicts and the COVID-19 pandemic?

What should our state government do to provide an equitable, quality public education for all children?

What would you do for our local governments, such as counties, cities and school boards, so that they can be flexible in responding to local issues?

How do you view the initiative and referendum process in South Dakota? Are there any changes to this system that you would support?

With the redistricting process happening after the 2020 Census, how do you view the legislature’s role in this process and would you support an independent citizen redistricting commission?

What are your plans to protect voter rights such as online or same-day voter registration as well as absentee voting/voting by mail?

I support removing government interference with businesses on any level. Businesses big and small should be able to make their own decisions and decide which precautions they will take to protect their employees and customers.
We need to give schools sustainable funding that cannot be tampered with which will allow schools to pay teachers what they deserve, serve food to the underprivileged students, and give the schools the supplies they need to stay on par with educational standards.
State or federal funding should not be dangled over a community's head to pressure them into following what they want them to do. I believe local governments should be given the support to be self sustaining and be supported in their decisions.
I think we have a pretty good system, as technology and computer security get better, I would review options of e-signatures for petitions and IMs.
I believe this process, like many other things, should be left to an independent group.
If we can send many other "sensitive" documents around through the mail, there should be no issue with mail-in-voting. This would help people with disabilities or people with any sort of restrictions to vote in person. I would vote against any legislation that tries to restrict or reduce voting options.
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