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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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  • Erin Healy
    (DEM)

  • Tom Holmes
    (REP)

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    Mike Huber
    (DEM)

  • Taylor Rae Rehfeldt
    (REP)

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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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First would be to assist workers out of work - providing additional Unemployment, safety from evictions, and healthcare assistance, we should not have anyone go bankrupt because of COVD-19. Support micro businesses, especially those just starting, and providing assistance in getting started in new careers.
First and foremost is to provide a safe environment for students and teachers. If the state cannot provide a safe environment, then provide online education and the means for students to get online. We need to pay teachers better, and teachers should not be "leaned on" to provide PPE for students, the state should provide that.
Provide very clear direction based on science, then provide proper funding or assist in accessing funding in order to enact these responses.
In past years restrictions have been increased on the initiative and referendum process which I would vote to eliminate.
The legislature has shown they should not be doing redistricting; 30% of South Dakotan's are registered Democrat, yet Democrats hold less than 15% of Legislator positions. 85% of state Legislators are Republican and this does not represent the population of South Dakota and why we continually have sessions dominated with unnecessary out of state influenced bills presented. Yes I would support an independent citizen redistricting commission!!!!
This would be a priority of mine to bring the online voter registration bill back. I sat in committee meeting in 2020 and saw this voted against when the current and a previous Secretary of State were begging for it. Several states, Oregon being one, have extremely successful mail in voting and South Dakota would benefit greatly from mail in voting with so many remote areas. And it was shown in last primary that voter participation increases, this is what we want!
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