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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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    Linda Duba
    (DEM)

  • Cole Heisey
    (REP)

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    Matt Rosburg
    (REP)

  • Jamie Smith
    (DEM)

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 personally will continue to shop local to help small business stay in business. One of my colleagues sponsored legislation that would have established an international trade office. We are the ONLY state that doesn't have an office that can work with trade partners. This is critical for marketing South Dakota products.
We need to ensure our schools, staff, and students are equipped to attend in person or at distance. This means our schools need broadband access as well as tablets for EVERY student. In addition, we will need to fund broadband for those students/families who do not have broadband access at home. It is quite likely that we may need distance learning for a period of time in the 2020/2021 school year. This was a barrier for many families. We have CARES funds that can support both of these initiatives and I will be bringing this forward as essential for all students and schools. In addition, if we need software licensure for effective online learning, we must ensure districts have what they need. We can also fund video equipment that will allow teachers to live stream. We have/are moving away from textbooks and using more online interactive programs. This is how we help level the playing field for all students and staff. CARES funding can help us get there.
We passed several bills on the last legislative day that allowed local governments (city, county, and school boards) to respond to crises that impact their location situations. SB 188 and 189 gave local school boards flexibility in how they administer instruction. Senate Bill 157 provided local control and reduced red tape on zoning issues. I will support these initiatives to ensure local governing bodies can effectively run their governments in normal times as well as in times of emergency. SB 191 didn't pass which would allow local government to make critical shutdown decisions in times of emergency. I am fully supportive of this legislation and believe we need to bring it to the 2021 legislature.
I view these as essential to any democracy. Initiatives and referendums directly support the people's voice. We need to ensure that we make the process of petitioning for and bringing ballot initiatives 'user friendly'. When the legislature imposes too many regulations on who can circulate petitions, what credentials petitioners must have, and how signatures are gathered, we stifle the people's voice.
I supported HJR 5002 that would have called for a redesign of the committee on redistricting. This failed to pass the House Affairs committee. As a citizen, I voted for the initiative that recommended an independent redistricting commission. I will continue to support changes to the current configuration of the redistricting committee.
I am strong proponent of online registration, absentee voting, and vote by mail. I worked with the SOS office last summer to work through a series of registration changes to improve the ease at which people can register. We made changes to IDs that can be used for voter registration but failed in our attempt to pass online voter registration. I commend the Secretary of State for sending all registered voters absentee ballot applications. I will continue to encourage voters to apply for absentee ballots and will be supporting this effort when I am canvasing voters. I will also sponsor legislation for online voter registration again in the 2021 legislative session.
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Not forcing the economy to shut down in the first place is a good place to start. If the government is the cause of a loss of revenue or wages, it is their duty to compensate for that loss. By NOT forcing more mandates upon businesses and individuals, we can keep the economy moving, and allow for those businesses and individuals to experiment, innovate and come up with the best solutions for themselves and their customers and keep the economy strong.
From the viewpoint of a parent, the state is doing a good job with this. I would like to see state funding for education paid to schools that are serving the students. I think there should be some reforms that allow state funding for the education of the students to flow to the school that the child attends, regardless of the type of school (public, private, charter, etc.).
In the state legislature, the focus should be on issues that broadly affect the entire state. Beyond that, leaving as much flexibility in the hands of the local government, without imposing restrictions and regulations that steal from their ability to innovate and solve problems.
I am not familiar with all the details of the initiative and referendum process. This is something that I will look closer at and think on more. If issues with the process are brought to my attention or if anyone in the state sees areas for improving that process, I will gladly look at those issues and proposals to help make the process better.
It is the role of the legislature to do the redistricting. I think that this is a process that has worked well and I do not see the need for a change at this time.
Currently, we have a system that seems to work well. I would need much more information and assurance that online and/or same-day registration would have adequate safeguards to prevent multiple registrations. I think the more you deviate from having paper records available for audit, the more vulnerable the process becomes. I appreciate the absentee process that we have available now (which includes absentee voting by mail), and support continuing to have that available. Voting strictly by mail is not something I would support at this time without a more thorough look at the proposed process.
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