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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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  • Arch Beal

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    Greg Jamison

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    Erin Royer

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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Age 56
Support legislation that gives our Farmers and Ranchers a fighting chance to make a profit without burdensome regulations. I personally buy as much E-85 fuel for my vehicle as possible knowing that much of the Ethanol is produced locally.
We need to keep spending decisions local and hold those local individuals responsible for performance outcomes. I believe most parents do not want
I support local control.
I support the process as it is today. I feel it should be easy for South Dakota citizens to bring legislation forward but out of town organizations trying to test a new topic should have a higher threshold.
As I understand the process the authority is given to the Legislator and I would not support changing the system to give that service to another organization.
I support making it as easy as possible for lawfully registered citizens to vote.
I support using a portion of SD’s existing reserves for one-time or short term expenditures to alleviate extra strain on social safety nets in an unprecedented economic downturn. Re-employment programs or job training programs are a good investment to help people transition to fields in our state. Small farmers affected by trade conflicts should be supported in finding new markets for crops and livestock as well as in exploring alternative crop or livestock options going forward.
We should meet our existing commitments for teacher pay and ensure schools have adequate resources for classroom supplies and education support professionals. We should work to improve teacher compensation and retention within our state.
I favor allowing for local control and decision-making on issues that are limited to a local area. Flexibility and adaptability are key in responding swiftly and effectively to issues.
I support the referendum process. I would like to see more clear guidance on the restriction to a single issue to ensure the expectation is clear and not open to subjective interpretation by individual officials. I would also like a review of the requirements for petition circulators to provide personal information to confirm if this solves an existing problem or improves the process in a meaningful way.
The legislature’s role in redistricting should be to establish and fund an independent redistricting commission.
Same-day and online voter registration are excellent approaches to remove unnecessary barriers to exercising voting rights. Online applications for absentee/ mail ballots as well as tracking of submitted ballots to ensure they were received would remove barriers and could be done securely.