State of South Dakota secondary Archives: on Families & Children


Kristi Noem: My vision: maintain our family traditions & way of life

I grew up with a Dad who dreamed of all four of his kids being able to stay on the family ranch if they wanted to. My vision for South Dakota is the same. We must ensure that every South Dakotan can build their life here and make a good living, so they can provide for their families and maintain our traditions and way of life. I am committed to four pillars of protection: keeping taxes low, limiting government regulation, fighting government intrusion, and keeping government open and honest.
Source: 2020 South Dakota State of the State address Jan 14, 2020

Mike Rounds: Our children are our most valuable resource

Mike Rounds is committed to make the state a better place to live, work, and raise a family. He believes South Dakota's children are its most valuable resource and that every child in the state should receive a quality education.

Governor Rounds is encouraging South Dakotans to make healthy choices that lead to longer, healthier lives, and he has initiated an effort in state government to help state employees make healthy choices. He is encouraging every South Dakotan to follow this lead.

Source: Vote-USA.org on 2020 South Dakota Senate race Jan 11, 2020

Dennis Daugaard: Allow LGBTQ discrimination by foster/adoption agencies

Legislative Summary: Senate Bill 149: To provide certain protections to faith-based or religious child-placement agencies.

Analysis by HRC and ACLU: HRC joined the ACLU of South Dakota in urging Governor Dennis Daugaard to veto Senate Bill (SB) 149 -- discriminatory legislation targeting LGBTQ people and other minorities. SB 149 would enshrine taxpayer-funded discrimination into state law by allowing state-funded adoption and foster care agencies to discriminate against LGBTQ youth in their care and to reject qualified prospective LGBTQ adoptive or foster parents based on the agency's purported religious beliefs.

Legislative Outcome: Passed House 43-30-7 on Mar/2/17; Passed Senate 27-8-0 on Mar/7/17; Signed by Governor Dennis Daugaard on Mar/27/17

Source: HRC and ACLU on South Dakota voting record SB 149 Mar 27, 2017

Daniel Ahlers: Don't allow LGBTQ discrimination by foster/adoption agencies

Legislative Summary: Senate Bill 149: To provide certain protections to faith-based or religious child-placement agencies.

Analysis by HRC and ACLU: HRC joined the ACLU of South Dakota in urging Governor Dennis Daugaard to veto Senate Bill (SB) 149 -- discriminatory legislation targeting LGBTQ people and other minorities. SB 149 would enshrine taxpayer-funded discrimination into state law by allowing state-funded adoption and foster care agencies to discriminate against LGBTQ youth in their care and to reject qualified prospective LGBTQ adoptive or foster parents based on the agency's purported religious beliefs.

Legislative Outcome: Passed House 43-30-7 on Mar/2/17; State Rep. Daniel Ahlers voted NO; Passed Senate 27-8-0 on Mar/7/17; Signed by Governor Dennis Daugaard on Mar/27/17

Source: HRC and ACLU on South Dakota voting record SB 149 Mar 2, 2017

Dennis Daugaard: Infant Mortality Task Force: distribute safe sleep kits

Two years ago, I announced the Infant Mortality Task Force, an effort to reduce infant mortality in South Dakota, led by Linda and the Department of Health. Following up on one of the task force's key recommendations, the state has distributed more than 500 safe sleep kits to families who do not have a safe place for their babies to sleep.
Source: South Dakota 2013 State of the State Address Jan 8, 2013

William Janklow: Supports Bright Start boxes to help new parents

The Bright Start boxes has really been a phenomenally successful program. Those are the boxes that, when we get a birth registration, we mail them out to the families. In them is a CD with Mozart. Itís got an Ages and Stages book. This little book talks about what you should expect to happen at different ages and different stages of a childís life. Itís got a Goodnight Moon book to be read. Itís got a videotape in it on reading. Itís a 20-minute videotape thatís the best thing Iíve ever seen on why it is important that you have to read to children 20 minutes a day. In addition to that, thereís a new health book that weíre adding to it thatís written at the fourth grade level. It is for anybody to understand, listing all kinds of maladies and questions and answers. In it is how to get a library card, and you can also, in South Dakota today, get a prescription from your doctor to get a book. Doctors actually write prescriptions and then we give out books.
Source: State-of-the-State Address to South Dakota House Jan 9, 2001

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2020 Presidential contenders on Families & Children:
  Democrats running for President:
Sen.Michael Bennet (D-CO)
V.P.Joe Biden (D-DE)
Mayor Mike Bloomberg (I-NYC)
Gov.Steve Bullock (D-MT)
Mayor Pete Buttigieg (D-IN)
Sen.Cory Booker (D-NJ)
Secy.Julian Castro (D-TX)
Gov.Lincoln Chafee (L-RI)
Rep.John Delaney (D-MD)
Rep.Tulsi Gabbard (D-HI)
Sen.Amy Klobuchar (D-MN)
Gov.Deval Patrick (D-MA)
Sen.Bernie Sanders (I-VT)
CEO Tom Steyer (D-CA)
Sen.Elizabeth Warren (D-MA)
Marianne Williamson (D-CA)
CEO Andrew Yang (D-NY)

2020 Third Party Candidates:
Rep.Justin Amash (L-MI)
CEO Don Blankenship (C-WV)
Gov.Lincoln Chafee (L-RI)
Howie Hawkins (G-NY)
Gov.Gary Johnson(L-NM)
Howard Schultz(I-WA)
Gov.Jesse Ventura (I-MN)
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Sen.Ted Cruz(R-TX)
Gov.Larry Hogan (R-MD)
Gov.John Kasich(R-OH)
V.P.Mike Pence(R-IN)
Gov.Mark Sanford (R-SC)
Pres.Donald Trump(R-NY)
Rep.Joe Walsh (R-IL)
Gov.Bill Weld(R-MA & L-NY)

2020 Withdrawn Democratic Candidates:
Sen.Stacey Abrams (D-GA)
Mayor Bill de Blasio (D-NYC)
Sen.Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY)
Sen.Mike Gravel (D-AK)
Sen.Kamala Harris (D-CA)
Gov.John Hickenlooper (D-CO)
Gov.Jay Inslee (D-WA)
Mayor Wayne Messam (D-FL)
Rep.Seth Moulton (D-MA)
Rep.Beto O`Rourke (D-TX)
Rep.Tim Ryan (D-CA)
Adm.Joe Sestak (D-PA)
Rep.Eric Swalwell (D-CA)
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