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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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  • Jeff Barth
    (DEM)

  • Jon Hansen
    (REP)

  • Jared Nieuwenhuis
    (DEM)

  • Tom Pischke
    (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?

Urge and support our South Dakota Congressional delegation in Washington DC to make sure international trade negotiations are concluded in a timely manner and to the benefit of our State. We also need to seek new markets in Africa, South Asia and other places for our agricultural products.

Continue to promote and develop South Dakota’s wind power and know how as green power opportunities expand regionally, domestically, and internationally. Research into improved bio-fuels and Green power should be a top priority at our Universities.

South Dakota has been too slow to respond to business prospects opportunities as with hemp. While dismissing the Pandemic as a “bad flu” we have ignored opportunities in the “social distancing” world. Small business is alert to those opportunities as with mask making food delivery and others. They should be encouraged.

Every South Dakotan needs an affordable high-speed internet connection.
Nothing is more important than our future. Teachers are already short millions promised to them in past years. Those promises must be kept. And additional support provided. We must also stop the corruption that allowed the well connected to steal tens of millions of education funding as in the Gear Up scandal.
The property tax limitation statute needs reform.

Alcohol causes many if not most of our criminal justice issues but pays little in tax. My house does not drink and drive.

As marijuana approaches legalization (sooner rather than later) we need to plan our tax regime.

Let counties and municipalities propose solutions with their own citizens making the decision.
Citizen participation in government needs to be simplified. Fewer signatures should be required to get an issue on a ballot.
The Legislature should stay out of it once they change the Law to allow an independent commission to decide.
One Party continues to discourage voting with false claims and onerous requirements. I am not a member of that Party and will not support taking power from the people. I will work to restore citizen's rights.
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