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State Senator District 11

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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    Tom Cool
    (DEM)

  • Jim Stalzer
    (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?

Provide grants to small businesses to help them stay in business and maintain payrolls.
Education should be one of the top priorities and we should stand by our duty to adequately fund teacher pay and avoid being at the bottom of the national lists of states.
The legislature needs to work closely with local governments to best serve the needs of the citizens and allow them to make their own decisions lon local issues such as paper or plastic bags and how school districts determine use of their own facilities.
We should repeal the actions taken by the prior legislative to restrict the citizens right to petition their government and protect South Dakota' longstanding commitment to the initiative process.
I support an independent citizen commission to conduct the redistricting process. Legislators should not get to select their own voting areas.
I support absentee voting and believe our county auditors do an important job in protecting the safety of the process. With the increasing reliance on mail ballots I do believe that the auditors should have authority to open the envelopes prior to election day with adequate safeguards and prepare the ballots for feeding into computer on election day.
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