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State Senator District 19

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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    Kyle Schoenfish
    (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?

Use the full amount of Cares Act and any Federal Funds allocated to South Dakota in compliance with the federal guidelines. Adequately fund South Dakota's typical budget priorities with an emphasis on health care. Keep regulations and taxes low.
Adequately fund education and minimize unnecessary mandates and regulations on schools. SB 131 from 2016 was harmful to so many schools across the whole state. Working as an independent auditor for an accounting firm that audits many school districts and educational coops across South Dakota, I have an in depth understanding of education funding and voted against SB 131 in 2016 and I have supported and carried bills to undo some of its most damaging provisions ever since. Other revenue funds including wind tax, gross receipts taxes and bank franchise taxes should stay in the school districts they are generated in. There is no reason to have limits on school districts' general fund balances especially in these uncertain times. The Capital Outlay limits should be what they were previous to SB 131. There are other serious issues with SB 131 that need to be addressed as well.
Working as an Independent auditor for an accounting firm that audits many municipalities and water districts across South Dakota, I have an in depth understanding of local government funding and other local government issues. Some issues mentioned in the answer to the previous question, the general fund balance limit for schools and new Capital Outlay Limits are completely against local control and don't allow for the needed flexibility to local issues. Increased funding for roads and bridges needs to be a priority. I will continue to support local control at all levels of local government.
The initiative and referendum process in South Dakota seems to be working well and I have opposed most changes to the process.
The districts should be drawn to be as congruent, fair, and compliant with all applicable laws as possible.
I support South Dakota's great election process and early voting. I would be open to any improvements that could be made.