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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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    Sheryl Johnson
    (DEM)

  • Chris Karr
    (REP)

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    Margaret M Kuipers
    (DEM)

  • Mark Willadsen
    (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 think we should work to make more sustainable farming a priority and encourage farmers to grow more foods they can sell locally. We have so much farmland yet we pay to ship in fruits and vegetables from other states and countries. It would be fresher, and give our farmers another source of income. I would like to encourage more ‘farm to table’ operations. We need to attract businesses that focus on renewable energies and provide well paying jobs. Renewable energy is the future and we can position our state for growth by encouraging companies that make parts for many of the needed energy parts as well as the energy companies themselves. We need to work to promote and support our ethanol companies as well as it is a great source of energy and a great market for our corn farmers.
Education needs to be properly funded and made a priority for our state. “We aren’t raising children, we are raising future adults” Investing in our children is the best thing we can do for the future of our state. The Sioux Falls area has so many schools that are overcrowded and too many children fall through the cracks when our classrooms are overcrowded. We need to follow the law and pay teachers the raises required. To not do so disrespects the important work they do, discourages them and makes it harder to find people willing to come to SD to teach. The school shut down made it clear that too many families lack the technology for children to continue learning online if needed. This is something that needs to be addressed statewide. Many rural schools struggle with declining enrollment and children often have to travel long distances to reach school. Online learning might be part of that solution and should be looked into.
We need to stop interfering in local control. Several bills passed this past couple of sessions where the state took away local control. The permit less carry bill also made it so local communities couldn’t pass their own gun legislation. Sioux Falls is much different than a small rural town and has different problems. We have more problems with handguns and people leaving guns in unlocked cars that get stolen. Last summer I ran across a garage sale that had 2 tables full of guns they were selling. I don’t think that is a smart idea in our large city and might be something we should prohibit but now our hands are tied by the NRA supported permit less carry bill.
I think our initiative and referendum process has worked well for many years and shouldn’t be messed with. To make it harder for people to bring issues to the ballot takes away the right of the people who often feel that their legislators don’t represent them.
I think we should definitely have an independent redistricting commission. So many areas are so heavily gerrymandered that the Republicans who only make up about 40% of registered voters make up about 80% of the legislators. That is just not fair and many people are not having their voices represented.
? I do think we need to do all we can to make voting safe and easy for our citizens. Many states vote by mail very successfully and I think we should consider it for our state as it would be so helpful for the rural areas. Many people I have talked to in other states who have voted by mail for years enjoy the fact that they can take their time to study the ballot before voting. Voter registration can be done online as long as there are ways to verify the person’s identity. It would save a lot of time for the secretary of state’s office in having to enter all the info by hand if people entered it online. I do believe ID’s need to continue to be required when voting in person and that tribal IDs should also be allowed.
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I would make sure that all federal money allotted to COVID-19 response is used to assist schools, businesses and state programs effected by the pandemic,
The state should allocate more funds to support our public schools to include paying our teachers and support staff better. Also our state should provide preschool funding so all children have an equal chance receiving a quality education. Studies have shown that children who do not attend preschool start kindergarten behind other children that had an opportunity to do so, Those children have a greater chance of not finishing high school and a greater chance of ending up in our criminal justice system.
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We need to reverse the process that was implemented a few years ago that has attempted to regulate the initiative and referendum process. It has only made it harder for local groups and not effected the
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