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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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  • Randy Gross
    (REP)

  • John P Kessinger
    (Dem)

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    Val Parsley
    (DEM)

  • Marli Wiese
    (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?

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I believe that the Governor should take the funding offered to our state from the CARES act, so that small businesses can keep their doors open and people can earn better wages. We need that money to stimulate our economy and help our citizenry survive financial crisis. The dollars should not have been turned down. Our economy needs to remain competitive on the world stage and coming from an agricultural state, our farmers and ranchers need to be able to export their products. Despite the Covid-pandemic, there are ways to keep the lines of communication open with other countries to discuss how this can be accomplished. We must be a part of the global market. Also being a part of a conversation with local and statewide industries and listening to what their most crucial needs are is imperative to moving South Dakota forward. In short, as a legislator, I need to reach out and learn all I can from those in the trenches.
Make sure that all children are ready for school! Public schools should provide pre-school for three and four year olds, so children are prepared for the rigors of kindergarten. Education issues should be dealt with first during the legislative session, so that funding for teachers, educational programs, and more is top priority. The legislature should fund education as it was passed in the 2016 session. Unfunded mandates are costly to districts already strapped for dollars. Money spent on education is a very sound investment from which we all benefit: pre-school through the technical school and university levels. We should trust that school administrators’ suggestions for equitable and quality public education are worth listening to. There should be no discrimination coming from the legislature towards students or employees.
I would continue to support current taxation policies that fund local and county governments.
These grass roots approaches to the needs and wants of the citizens of South Dakota are vital, and the process works well as is. The legislature should stop trying to diminish the right of the citizens to petition.
The legislature should not have a significant role in this process. To ensure that redistricting is fair to all, I would very much like to see an independent citizen redistricting commission.
In the electronic age, online registration should be a viable option and proof of registration can be to save a copy of the form. People should be able to register to vote and actually vote on the same day. Encouraging people to vote should be a priority. Also voters should be allowed to vote absentee or by mail or on Election Day. These are rights that people should be able to depend upon.
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