State Senator District 24
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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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?
South Dakota's economy is heavily dependent on agriculture - an industry affected by factors far beyond the legislature's control. With the significance of international markets for agricultural commodities, it is important that our nation have fair trade policies. As far as the COVID-19 pandemic, I am impressed with the ways local businesses have adapted to continue to serve their customers.
We have some phenomenal teachers in South Dakota, and they deserve to be fairly compensated. I believe many South Dakota parents are doing a good job of supporting their children and their local schools. From a statewide perspective, we need to remember that not all school districts are alike - the schools in rural Meade County are vastly different from the schools in Sioux Falls. I support distance learning opportunities, dual credit programs, and local flexibility to allow schools to meet the unique needs of their students.
I support local control.
Our state motto is "Under God the People Rule." The initiative and referendum are important tools for the citizens of South Dakota. I am concerned about out-of-state groups using our initiative process to drive national issues, or to drive issues that are unconstitutional.
I support our current redistricting process. The legislature is bound by the U.S. Constitution, the South Dakota Constitution, and federal Voting Rights Act when it comes to legislative reapportionment.
My primary concern is to protect the integrity of the election. If there is to be online or same-day voter registration, there must be adequate safeguards to make sure that only South Dakota citizens get to vote, and get to cast only one ballot.
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