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State Senator District 16

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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  • Jim Bolin

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 69
No opinion at this time. I will need to see the budget implications of any proposals.
No definitive opinion at this time, as I would need to see the budget implications of any proposals. Please note, I supported the bill that raised teacher pay in 2016.
No opinion at this time.
I can live with the current system.
I support the current system as outlined in our constitution. Amendment T, which would have created a so called independent commission, was decisively defeated by a vote of the people in 2016. I will proudly stand with the 56% of the voters that opposed Amendment T.
I support the current system as it has worked well for our state. Comparatively speaking we have a good voter turnout in SD. I believe the possible changes mentioned in the question could very well lead to voter fraud.