District 25

1) Do you support or oppose elected officials relying on their religious beliefs and values to guide their decisions for South Dakota?
Support R Senate Marsha Symens
  I Senate Rick Knobe – Religious Beliefs are certainly one of the guides to use. Prudent man rule, fiscal responsibility, compassion, fairness and other components. What would Jesus do? 
  I Senate Seth Van’T Hof
  D House Jared Nieuwenhuis
Oppose D House Jeff Barth – What religious beliefs?
Support R House Jon Hansen
Support R House Tom Pischke
2) Do you support or oppose efforts to reduce the number of abortions in South Dakota?
Support R Senate Marsha Symens
  I Senate Rick Knobe- Abortions are legal in this country. Supportive legislation of those struggling with the issue is good. Punitive/punishing legislation does no good.
  I Senate Seth Van’T Hof
  D House Jared Nieuwenhuis
Support D House Jeff Barth – Stop unwanted pregnancies.
Support R House Jon Hansen
Support R House Tom Pischke
3) Do you support or oppose the SD State Lottery spending money on advertising the Lottery?
Oppose R Senate Marsha Symens
  I Senate Rick Knobe – Lottery. I am not a fan. Voters have decided to keep it. The question of marketing is, if not funds from proceeds, where should the money come from? 
  I Senate Seth Van’T Hof
  D House Jared Nieuwenhuis
Oppose D House Jeff Barth – What religious beliefs?
Oppose R House Jon Hansen
Oppose R House Tom Pischke
4) Do you support or oppose a reduction in post-incarceration restrictions with regard to employment?
Oppose R Senate Marsha Symens- more information needed. Depends on type of crime.
  I Senate Rick Knobe – Post incarceration Don’t know enough about what exists today, Also don’t know what has been proposed. Willing to listen and learn.
  I Senate Seth Van’T Hof
  D House Jared Nieuwenhuis
D House Jeff Barth – I’m not sure
R House Jon Hansen
R House Tom Pischke
5) Do you support or oppose provisions that would allow a medical professional to assist another person in committing suicide?
Oppose R Senate Marsha Symens
  I Senate Rick Knobe – Assisted suicide. I believe there are a couple of states which allow this. Need to learn more about it, and also read any proposed bill
  I Senate Seth Van’T Hof
  D House Jared Nieuwenhuis
Support D House Jeff Barth
Oppose R House Jon Hansen
Oppose R House Tom Pischke
6) Do you support or oppose requirements that personal and creative service businesses produce goods or services that may violate their conscience?
Oppose R Senate Marsha Symens
  I Senate Rick Knobe – Religious Exemption? Jesus didn’t discriminate. What reason is good enough to allow a person to not follow Him?
  I Senate Seth Van’T Hof
  D House Jared Nieuwenhuis
Oppose D House Jeff Barth
Oppose R House Jon Hansen
Oppose R House Tom Pischke
7) Do you support or oppose expansion of low-income medical assistance (Medicaid) in South Dakota?
Oppose R Senate Marsha Symens
  I Senate Rick Knobe – Medicaid. I support expansion.
  I Senate Seth Van’T Hof
  D House Jared Nieuwenhuis
Support D House Jeff Barth
Oppose R House Jon Hansen
Oppose R House Tom Pischke
8) Do you support or oppose legislation to increase parent choice in educational-choice options?
Support R Senate Marsha Symens
  I Senate Rick Knobe- Parent choice for education. I know this has been a hot topic for the past few years, but since I have not had children in school
  I Senate Seth Van’T Hof
  D House Jared Nieuwenhuis
D House Jeff Barth – Not sure
Support R House Jon Hansen
Support R House Tom Pischke
9) Do you support or oppose limitations on the use of cross-sex hormones and/or genital surgery for minor children who identify as contrary to their biological sex?
Support R Senate Marsha Symens – This should not even be an issue in our state!!
  I Senate Rick Knobe – Hormones/Surgery. I know a little about this. I think hormone therapy is ok, since it can be easily stopped/reversed. Surgery is another issue. 
  I Senate Seth Van’T Hof
  D House Jared Nieuwenhuis
D House Jeff Barth – Not sure
Support R House Jon Hansen
Support R House Tom Pischke
10) Do you support or oppose protections for speech and expression, if the speech or expression may be considered by some as highly offensive?
Support R Senate Marsha Symens – Freedom of speech – we already have laws for this.
  I Senate Rick Knobe – Free speech. Another hot button topic. With free speech comes responsibility. Yelling “fire” in a movie theatre when there isn’t one, is wrong. We should 
  I Senate Seth Van’T Hof
  D House Jared Nieuwenhuis
Support D House Jeff Barth – I do. Do you?
Support R House Jon Hansen
Support R House Tom Pischke

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