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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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    Amanda Bachmann
    (DEM)

  • Will D Mortenson
    (REP)

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    Mike Weisgram
    (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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Age 32
I will work to maintain those policies that make South Dakota strong: fiscal restraint, low taxes, and reasonable regulation.
We need to ensure that public education remains a priority. Right now, 50% of general funds go to education. It is key that we maintain fiscal restraint to ensure that public education remains South Dakota's top funding priority.
South Dakota needs to avoid avoid state-level mandates on local governments. Local governments are accountable to their voters and should be given the latitude to carry out those voters' priorities.
The initiative and referendum process is sacred to South Dakota. We had it first and need to keep it. The biggest threats to the system are out-of-state, big money interests who would seek to purchase provisions in our constitution and in our statutes. We need to protect the system to preserve it for years to come. I will support policies that will keep our initiative and referendum system a local, grassroots effort. I think this means more transparency and a higher bar to make changes to our constitution.
The legislature is accountable to the voters who elect its members. I think it should continue to draw legislative districts without view to partisanship or politics. I think South Dakota's system works.
I think our absentee voting system works pretty well, although a lot of voters have told me that the early voting window is too broad as they will cast votes in September only to learn more about the candidate or issue in October. South Dakota's system is pretty open and easy to use. I will work to keep it that way.
As a former small business owner, I would encourage SD Governor's Office of Economic Development to be aggressive and innovative in bringing business development programs forward. SD Tourism does a great job with promotion of our State's attractions, I could support a larger budget for those purposes. I have been through many business cycles over my career and it is the consumer that will lead us out of the pandemic caused recession / slow down.
Fund education sufficiently to attract enthusiastic, innovative, energetic, and dedicated people to our education system.
Work with associations (like the SD Municipal League) and like minded Representatives to craft legislation that help officials lead and manage their cities and counties. As a current city councilman, I have desired a more efficient way to address vacant and unsafe structures. Obviously property rights are very important but persons who own these distressed structures should be encouraged expeditiously to fix up or sell these properties by laws that help city managers move on "clean up" initiatives. Currently it is a long and tedious process and I wish it to be swifter.
I do not have a suggestion to improve the system.
I don't believe partisan redistricting is an issue.
I am comfortable with South Dakota's voter registration policy and am proud of the SD Secretary of State Office and the very competent staff. I believe the current absentee voting opportunity for our voters is working very well.