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State Senator District 25

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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  • Rick W Knobe
    (IND)

  • Marsha Symens
    (Rep)

  • Seth William Van't Hof
    (IND)

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?

Age 73
Enhance existing and create new partnerships both in and out of state. Remove as many barriers as rationally possible for job creation and sustainability.
A big first step would be to fully fund the existing state aid formula. Second would be to fund Pre K education. Third, make sure schools have enough counselors, social workers, and other staff to meet student and teacher needs.
The state needs to remove restrictions that require local governments to get legislative permission to do their jobs. I like the "Home Rule Charter" provisions in state law. Local government has a great impact on the quality of our lives, police, fire, health, parks, water, disaster response. Those governments need flexibility not restrictions to be successful.
The legislature has made the process much more difficult recently. Their intent was to keep out of state individuals and groups from using our state to get their way. However in the process of trying to "protect" us from outside influences, they impacted in state individuals and groups in a negative way. If the legislature does not agree with laws that we initiate, they should be required to challenge those laws in court. They should not be able to overturn the vote of the people unless those laws are shown to be unconstitutional or unworkable. If shown to be unworkable, the voter approved law should be referred back to the voters with a detailed explanation of why the law is unworkable.
I fully support a citizen redistricting commission. Their work should be subject to open meeting laws. Only the courts or a vote of the people should be able to overturn their efforts.
I currently serve on the State Board of Elections. We brought this bill last year. It passed the house, but was killed in Senate State Affairs before much testimony was allowed. The Board of Elections is resubmitting this bill. With Covid 19 and new voters much more attuned to the digital world, it makes sense to allow for online registration. I support efforts to move to same day registration and making voting by mail an easier process
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