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South Dakota

South Dakota"The Mount Rushmore State"

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Basic FactsPopulation: 844, 877Joined the Nation: November 2nd, 1889Adopted State Constitution: November 2nd, 1889Area: 77,121 sq. mi.

South Dakota LegislatureIn South Dakota's Legislative Branch, there are 35 senators and 70 representatives, with 28 Republican senators, 7 Democrat Senators, 53 Republican representatives, and 17 Democrat representatives.All elected senators and representatives must be from the district they are representing, at least twenty-one years of age, a citizen of the United States, and have lived in South Dakota for at least 2 yearsEach member of the Legislature serves a term of 2 years.

Special Laws of South DakotaDriving Permit Age: 14-18Operator's License: 16Unsupervised Motoboat Operation: 12Hunting License: 12Legal Employment Age: 14Incestous marriages, marriages with stepchild, and same-sex marriages are illegal in South Dakota.Abortion is lawful only under specified terms.South Dakota has no state income tax.Movies that show police officers being struck, beaten, or treated in an offensive manner are forbidden.It is illegal to lie down and fall asleep in a cheese factory.

South Dakota Legislature (cont.)Members of the Legislature are responsible for making bills into laws and voting upon them. Their laws are necessary for public peace, health, or safety of South Dakota's residents.

State Animal: Coyote

South Dakota Governor and Other Executive OfficesThe Governor and Lieutenant Governor of South Dakota must be 21 years of age, a citizen of the United States, and a resident of South Dakota for two years prior to their elections. They are elected for a term of 4 years, and no Governor/Lt. Governor may serve more than two consecutive terms. The attorney general, secretary of state, auditor, treasurer, and commissioner of school and public lands are all chosen by the Governor and serve terms of 4 years.

Dennis Daugard, current Governor

South Dakota Governor and Other Executive Offices (cont.)The Governor is responsible for signing or vetoing bills, serving as commander-in-chief, declaring special elections to fill vacant seats, recommending the General Bill, granting reprieves, and delivering a report on the condition of the state to the Legislature.The Lt. Governor serves as an advisor in the Governor's Executive Committee, and he is also the President of the Senate.

Matt Michels, current Lt. Governor

United Judicial System (cont.)All justices/judges in South Dakota must be licensed to practice law. There are theirty-eight judges in the seven Circuit Courts, and they are elected or appointed by the Governor for eight-year terms. The Chief Justice of the Supreme Court appoints a presiding judge for each Circuit Court.There are four associate justices and one Chief Justice in the South Dakota Supreme Court. Each justice is appointed by the Governor, and he or she is faced with evaluation three years after appointment and every eigth year thereafter.

United Judicial SystemSouth Dakota's Judicial Branch is made up of 3 levels of courts. The magistrate courts, the lowest levels, are responsible for hearing minor civil cases. The next highest court, the seven Circuit Courts, have juries along with judges for its cases. The highest state court, the Supreme Court, usually deals with more severe and appealed cases.

State Anthem: Hail, South Dakota

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