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State Senator District 20

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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  • Joshua Klumb

  • Alexander Martin

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?

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Age 66
I will vote, as a Senator, to abolish the sales tax on food and clothing. I will support the Secretary of State office assisting people in creating social businesses, with the correct information.

I would sponsor a bill to create a Coronavirus task force, which would make free masks, free Covid 19 tests, and free quarantine space to as many people as possible.
I question the decisions to operate schools now, in September. Students, teachers and staff will get infected with Covid 19.

Instead, the State should use the billions in Federal Cares Act money, and spent millions promoting online learning for K-12 students and college students, too. Requiring students and teachers to get infected or die of Covid 19 is not needed to “open” the economy. A better plan is to test, trace, and quarantine individuals, so the curve can be brought way down.

The safety of one or two children or teachers is most important. Two or three months of voluntary discipline, online education for all, then the virus can be crushed and we will do well economically.
Make sure the legislature acts FAST to release the Federal Cares money to governments. It has to be spent before December 31st.

Requests for funds should made immediately. We can disburse the money by October 31 at the latest.
The initiative and referendum process is great!

I would support lowering the number of signatures needed to qualify a ballot issue.

There should be no ridiculous restrictions on out of state circulators.

I would support a law, that once a bill is passed by the people, it cannot be legislated on or repealed for one year or 18 months after the date of the vote. The vote of the people is sacred. The Legislature should not correct the people. The Legislature repealing the ethics law in 2017, was very unethical. The Legislature should not have the power to repeal. Maybe it is best left to the courts or future ballot issues.
There should be independent redistributing, immediately.

We cannot trust the Republican Party to redistribute— they are 48% of registered voters and 88% of legislators.
I would support a bill for same day voter registration, online registration, and absentee voting and voting by mail. Registration should close on Election Day, not in October. Motor voter registration on Election Day should be legal in South Dakota. Mail in ballots should be counted when they are received in the mail. They should not be cut off on Election Day, but be counted when they are received.