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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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  • Drew Dennert
    (REP)

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    Leslie Mclaughlin
    (DEM)

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    Carl E Perry
    (REP)

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    Justin Roemmick
    (DEM)

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?

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This is a tough question to answer as an individual; Perhaps if we address this to taxation issues, Legislative Research Council and both the House and Senate Education Committees. Continue to listen to K-12; technical and post secondary educational needs.
Continue current endeavors; we can do better and improve.
My plan is to continue to be available to the Aberdeen Public Schools Board, the Brown County Commission and the Aberdeen City Council. I attend their meetings to stay informed. Plus I plan to listen to the Board of Regents and SDEA for suggestions.
This is a proven successful program. It is a legal non-violent solution to issues. It really gives the public a voice to change directions or initiatives that are in place or need to be in place.
The system of redistricting is good with the way it has worked. I would be an advocate to have members of the public be part of the committee just as we do with Summer Interim Sessions. Working together is best for all.
This is in the hands of Steve Barnett at the Secretary of State in South Dakota. We do not have major issues but I know that we will be available to listen and I am positive the office of Secretary of State has has ample experience. We have fantastic County Auditor is control of the actual process and they generally perform greatly for the taxpayers.
I will support legislation that will help working people and our businesses get through this whole mess.
In order to provide a quality and equitable education in our state, we need to first assess the current state of affairs. Teachers are still paid dead last in the region on average and traditional four year college tuition rates are creeping up to be one of the highest in the region. In order to retain the best teachers available for the job, we must make South Dakota teacher pay regionally competitive. I would like to see the Legislature create more needs based scholarships to make traditional college more affordable and tech school tuition free. I also believe that we need to make pre-Kindergarten programs universally available across the state. Study after study shows that kids who have access to pre-school are better prepared for a lifetime of learning.
If elected to the legislature, I would work with local elected officials to ensure they are given the flexibility to govern as needed. I will be just a phone call away for them to voice their concerns over any issues that may arise and issues that need to be addressed.
The right of South Dakotans to petition their government and make citizen led legislation has been under attack in recent years. These attempts to restrict peoples ability to place an item on the ballot needs to end. It is reactionary to legislation that South Dakotans have successfully led to pass. These wonderful accomplishments include a higher minimum wage, interest rate caps, and the now repealed Anti-Corruption Act (IM22). Where the legislature has failed to lead the people took in their hands and the current majority does not like it. The first thing I would like to do is get rid of the confusing and redundant process of pre-approving circulators and having to pass out silly slips of paper. It is 2020 and we live in the digital age! The information that is required by state law could be moved to a simple online platform that would take minutes to complete, if only the real reason for these changes were oversight and fear of fraud.
I have very little confidence in the legislature's ability to fairly draw districts. We seen the amount of gerrymandering that took place after the last election. Registered Republicans make up just 48% of the total registered voter count, yet they make up 85% of the state legislature. Often time towns, such as Aberdeen, are split up and grouped with other smaller town to pack certain voters into districts. This limits the total number of competitive districts (purple districts) and Democratic districts (blue districts), while ensuring a large amount of Republican districts (red districts). I absolutely support an independent redistricting commission to end this un-democratic process. We need to stop letting members of the legislature choose their voters, and instead, let the voters choose their representatives.
In the year 2020, where we live in a technologically advanced society, we need to allow for same day voter registration in our state. It is fairly simple to verify someones identity online and offering same-day online voter registration isn't an outlandish idea. We should be making it easier for people to vote, not harder. Voter fraud is such an uncommon issue that only 40 or so cases have occurred out of 1 billion votes cast in the lat decade. That is about .0000044% of all votes casted! We should not make it harder for people to exercise their rights. My plan is to vote against all legislation that serves the purpose of voter suppression.