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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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    Toni Miller
    (DEM)

  • Rhonda Milstead
    (REP)

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    Michael Saba
    (DEM)

  • Bethany Soye
    (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?

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I have taken the lead for the past two years in the State Legislature in bringing it new dollars into South Dakota. I have brought international trade delegations into the state comprised of many different countries. They have purchased South Dakota goods and services while in the state. I have also introduced legislation which would enhance South Dakota’s position in the international trade market.
First of all we must put education as a top priority. We must add pre-school to that priority. Education must be considered as the first and most important building block in our society. As a former teacher and a current substitute teacher, I have found the current education infrastructure provided by the state significantly inadequate. We must provide a much better better support system and more competitive salaries for all of our teachers.
They must be given more flexibility in determining what is best for their own communities. However the state should provide reasonable models to assist these communities in effectuating these goals. Close coordination between the state and individual communities is an absolute necessity.
South Dakota once had the lead of all states in the referendum and initiative process. That lead has been highly diluted by many constraints placed by the state legislature to make those processes more difficult. We need to return to the real meanings of the referendum and initiative and not allow the legislature to rescind them or change the results so that the people’s choices become meaningless.
The legislature must become more neutral in the redistricting process to truly represent the demographics of the state. Partisan politics have most recently disallowed this to happen. A truly independent and non-partisan commission could make this happen but it must have equal representation of all the parties concerned b
We must have strict bi-partisan rules and regulations to realize this goal. However, it is as a realistic goal to reach as evidenced by our own previous experiences and the overwhelming positive results of numerous other states in our nation.
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