District Eighteen

Central

1) MARRIAGE: Do you support or oppose legislation necessary to reverse the Supreme Court’s 5-4 decision in Obergefell v. Hodges, which imposed same-sex marriage on all 50 states?
      D House Christopher P. Svarstad – Oppose
Comment Let churches decide whether they wish to perform ceremonies, Religious Institutions must not be forced!
      D House Peter Rossiter –
      D House David Allen –
      R House Jean M. Hunhoff – Support
      R House Mike Stevens – Support
      D Senate Craig Kennedy –
2) ABORTION: Do you support or oppose the 1973 Roe v. Wade U.S. Supreme Court abortion decision?
      D House Christopher P. Svarstad – Oppose
Comment Pro-Life
      D House Peter Rossiter –
      D House David Allen –
      R House Jean M. Hunhoff – Oppose
      R House Mike Stevens – Oppose
      D Senate Craig Kennedy –
3) PLANNED PARENTHOOD: Do you support or oppose giving tax dollars to Planned Parenthood?
      D House Christopher P. Svarstad – Oppose
Comment Not for Abortion
      D House Peter Rossiter –
      D House David Allen –
      R House Jean M. Hunhoff – Oppose
      R House Mike Stevens – Oppose
      D Senate Craig Kennedy –
4) RELIGIOUS LIBERTY: Do you support or oppose legislation to ensure government non-discrimination in matters of religious beliefs and moral convictions with regards to marriage, the sanctity of human life, or human sexuality?
      D House Christopher P. Svarstad – Oppose
      D House Peter Rossiter –
      D House David Allen –
      R House Jean M. Hunhoff – Support
      R House Mike Stevens – Support
      D Senate Craig Kennedy –
5) PROTECTED CLASSES: Do you support or oppose legislation that would include sexual orientation and gender identity as protected classes that are protected from discrimination?
      D House Christopher P. Svarstad – Support
Comment Should be left up to the states.
      D House Peter Rossiter –
      D House David Allen –
      R House Jean M. Hunhoff – Oppose
      R House Mike Stevens – Oppose
      D Senate Craig Kennedy –
6) SD HIGH SCHOOL ATHLETIC TRANSGENDER POLICY:
Do you support or oppose legislation to void the South Dakota High School Activities Association’s transgender policy, which allows a student to play on a sanctioned sports team contrary to his or her biological sex?
      D House Christopher P. Svarstad – Oppose
Comment Let local school districts decide.
      D House Peter Rossiter –
      D House David Allen –
      R House Jean M. Hunhoff – Oppose
Comment This decision resulted from schools making the decision- they are the groups that have the best knowledge bases- sports occur in the schools.
      R House Mike Stevens – Support
      D Senate Craig Kennedy –
7) MEDICAID EXPANSION: Do you support or oppose Medicaid expansion in South Dakota?
      D House Christopher P. Svarstad – Support
      D House Peter Rossiter –
      D House David Allen –
      R House Jean M. Hunhoff – Oppose
Comment At this time- funding is the issue- waiting to see if IHS plan would change dollars going in that direction currently – if did not use Medicaid & IHS paid full I would consider
      R House Mike Stevens – Oppose
Comment Without the state having the ability to determine eligibility based on such requirements as working, education, etc., I would oppose. I oppose the current plan.
      D Senate Craig Kennedy –
8) EDUCATION: Do you support or oppose the national education standards and testing methodology often referred to as “Common Core”?
      D House Christopher P. Svarstad – Oppose
Comment Common core is a disaster.
      D House Peter Rossiter –
      D House David Allen –
      R House Jean M. Hunhoff –
Comment Need more data on Common Core impact-results are inconclusive-need longer time to assess
      R House Mike Stevens – Support
      D Senate Craig Kennedy –
9) VIDEO LOTTERY: Do you support or oppose the expansion of video lottery in South Dakota?
      D House Christopher P. Svarstad – Oppose
      D House Peter Rossiter –
      D House David Allen –
      R House Jean M. Hunhoff – Oppose
      R House Mike Stevens – Oppose
      D Senate Craig Kennedy –
10) PAYDAY LOANS: Do you support or oppose a maximum interest rate for payday loan companies?
      D House Christopher P. Svarstad – Support
      D House Peter Rossiter –
      D House David Allen –
      R House Jean M. Hunhoff – Oppose
Comment This is on the ballet-citizens will decide.
      R House Mike Stevens – Oppose
      D Senate Craig Kennedy –
11) GUN RIGHTS: Do you support or oppose legislation to allow concealed carry of firearms without a permit? This would not eliminate concealed carry permit availability required for reciprocity with other states
      D House Christopher P. Svarstad – Support
Comment I don’t support restrictions or 2nd Amendment rights for law abiding citizens.
      D House Peter Rossiter –
      D House David Allen –
      R House Jean M. Hunhoff – Support
      R House Mike Stevens – Oppose
      D Senate Craig Kennedy –
12) MEDICAL MARIJUANA: Do you support or oppose legislation to allow the medical use of marijuana?
      D House Christopher P. Svarstad – Support
Comment Leave decision to the states, not Federal Government.
      D House Peter Rossiter –
      D House David Allen –
      R House Jean M. Hunhoff – Oppose
      R House Mike Stevens – Oppose
      D Senate Craig Kennedy –
13) STUDENT PHYSICAL PRIVACY: Do you support or oppose legislation that would restrict access to restrooms and locker rooms in public schools according to the student’s biological sex?
      D House Christopher P. Svarstad – Oppose
Comment Leave it up to local school districts.
      D House Peter Rossiter –
      D House David Allen –
      R House Jean M. Hunhoff – Support
      R House Mike Stevens – Support
      D Senate Craig Kennedy –
14) TAXATION: Do you support or oppose legislation that would exempt taxation on food and/or clothing?
      D House Christopher P. Svarstad – Support
Comment The less taxation the better!
      D House Peter Rossiter –
      D House David Allen –
      R House Jean M. Hunhoff – Oppose
Comment Would have to find funding source to replace those tax dollars and/or mark reductions in other general funded programs to off set loss.
      R House Mike Stevens – Oppose
      D Senate Craig Kennedy –

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