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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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  • Pat Cromwell
    (DEM)

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    David A. Hubbard
    (DEM)

  • Tina L. Mulally
    (REP)

  • Tony Randolph
    (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?

Medicaid expansion would have a direct economic impact on both families and the state.I've met too many people who are not able to be fully employed because of their unmet health care needs. Expanded medicaid during a pandemic is even more important. It appears that the only way we will be able to do medicaid expansion is by referendum. This is another instance of people of South Dakota having to do the work our legislators should be doing. As for international trade, state trade groups can have an important role. Unfortunately this role has been reduced and made more complicated by a chaotic administration which appears to have no real plan to negotiate the kind of trade agreements we need. It is another hit on the state's economy and our family farmers
We need to provide for fully funded preschool education. We need to improve teachers' salaries. The state needs to work much closer with Tribal groups to develop a functional educational model which acknowledges and respects cultural competency. Higher education should provide a more robust funding/subsidy mechanism for state students.
The Covid19 pandemic has exposed the disconnect between various governmental bodies. There are problems in not being able to establish codes because of unclear rulemaking authority. We need to have clear rulemaking authority established.  
The referendum process has been made more difficult for no good reason. I would support a less cumbersome process without the redundancy of certified or notarized forms. I would support the right of referendum workers being able to gather signatures in public places of private ownership (for example- Walmart parking lots)  
I support an independent citizen redistricting commission.
Voter registration and voting should be easy and convenient including online and same-day registration. This includes absentee and voting by mail. I support any legislation recognizing the right of all people to vote and their votes being counted.
I would look towards federal aid as well as local businesses for solutions.
We need to focus on educating our children and doing our best to keep our brain trust that leaves every year after graduation. This means paying competitive wages compared to other states for teachers and new workers entering the work force.
Local authorities need to be given guidance while adhering to higher academic standards. We should rethink teaching and schooling, as it has not changed fundamentally since public schools began teaching. We cannot prepare students for the industrial jobs of the past and need to focus on teaching technology and the sciences in order to compete in the global market.
In my opinion, the initiative and referendum process in South Dakota has become too cumbersome. It has been engineered that way to take away the power from the people. To make the process of participation in our state government easier for citizens not more difficult.
To make the process of participation in our state government easier for citizens not more difficult.
Having worked in compliance for the financial industry for well over a decade, and being responsible for security of IT resources, I know that voting online can be completed in a secure and safe manner. We need to move away from paper ballots and voting systems that are easily hacked and progress towards online voting to make it easier for all South Dakotans to participate in the voting process.
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