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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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  • Roger Chase
    (REP)

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    C. John McEnelly
    (DEM)

  • Lynn Schneider
    (REP)

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    Mark S Smith
    (Dem)

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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?

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Age 73
Addressing the first issue; the trade war with China is the one among several conflicts that is affecting South Dakota the most. First, were there valid trade issues involved, or was this a 'spitting contest' where our President was going to teach China a lesson? Yes, there were some seemingly intractable, long-standing issues involved. We all realize the intended "punishment" backfired! China went to South America's newly harvested crop for all its needs. Soybean, corn, and wheat prices fell apart. One and one-half years later, prices are still well below break even. In the past, South Dakota has joined other states to visit countries requiring purchases to supplement their domestic production. Has South Dakota tried such approaches? We have in the past, but not recently.

The pandemic is totally different beast. How strong is the state's relationship with financial centers? Would temporary relief in the form of lowered interest rates or stretching the loans by another 20 years.

Our website (aprogressiveview422.com) Mark Smith and I propose a steady, expanding revenue source for education. Internet sales tax is a large and growing income source for the state. Right now, for every $20 million in income the state receives, the people would realize a 1/4 percent savings in sales tax. Spend $100.00 and save 25 cents in sales tax. In 2019, South Dakota received $45 million. If that were devoted to education, that would be a 3.6% increase on the $1.25 billion appropriated. COVID-19 has caused a tremendous increase in internet sales. If $100 million will be received in 2020, a 7% funding increase will be realized without raising taxes. It will take a very strong effort to form a single account that will not be chopped up into 100 small projects.
Allowing flexibility makes sense. It should result in quicker response to local emergencies that might arise. Now, the downside; local control oftentimes results in large amounts of money being controlled by a small committee with minimal oversight. Over time temptation often rears its ugly head.

With schools, a budget separated out between capital improvements and operating expenses sometimes constricts some programs that seem like a good idea. Allowing a large capital fund is not a bad idea. A $3 million bond is much easier to pass than a $15 million bond.
Initiatives and referendums are truly part of the bedrock of a democracy. They represent the will of all the people of the state. Getting enough signatures to put these items on a ballot is not a terribly easy task. Lately, some legislators have been initiating petty requirements that have nothing to with issues, but are designed to intimidate citizens with an issue.

If the issue is affirmed by a statewide vote, the legislature should transform it into a law expressing the intent of the initiative or referendum. The constitutionality will be determined by our courts, not the legislature or administration.
Gerrymandering is illegal, buuuut one might not think so the way redistricting occurs. We need a balanced commission to do the job. Good luck forming one!
All the above options are fair and appropriate. I hear rumors of voter suppression on the reservations. If a picture ID is required, the state will pay for it AND they will be available in various places throughout the reservations. Any citizen of any reservation can vote at any precinct polling center on any reservation.
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Age 73
I would advocate for use of e30 to help farmers increase their market for corn. I support the sale of locally raised meat, poultry and produce through local outlets and across state lines. I support aid(not loans) to small businesses and to communities in an effort to save their downtowns. I would support state and federal investment in infrastructure to create jobs and upgrade roads and bridges. I support access to local health care and support for nursing homes that allow our seniors to remain in their home towns.
For starters the state should follow the law it passed to adequately fund education systems and teacher pay. Why do we deal with teacher pay on the last day of the legislature, when they see if anything is left over.

Fund education on the first day and back the finances into other categories.

Eliminate the Partidge amendment on internet sales taxes and use the extra revenues for education

Establish a valid pre K education to prepare our young children to learn and achieve
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I fully support Initiated Measures. With the political imbalances in our legislature It’s often the only way the people get to speak and be heard.

It should be easier to place initiatives, not harder to gain signatures to qualify.
I am running in a “gerrymandered” District. No member of my party has won since 2012. By voter registration a Democrat has a -2000 vote obstacle to overcome. The redistributing must be done by an independent commission.
South Dakota’s Secretary of State has done a good job of making ballots available to vote absentee. It would have been reasonable to mention increased postage. Frankly ballots by mail should not have to pay postage. I support drop boxes for ballots to ensure they are received.