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ACUF Releases Scores of South Dakota State Legislature

Alexandria, VA—The American Conservative Union Foundation (ACUF) has just released its ratings of the 2018 meeting of the South Dakota Legislature. ACUF’s Ratings—both federal and state—are an initiative of ACUF’s Center for Legislative Accountability. These ratings are designed to reflect how elected officials view the role of government and illustrate the differences between chambers of the legislature, while revealing lawmakers’ positions on a wide variety of issues that directly affect South Dakotans.

ACUF reviewed each piece of legislation voted on in both the Senate and House to produce average scores of each chamber as well as individual scores for each sitting member.

South Dakota legislators voted on key issues during the 2018 session. In one or both chambers, they voted to reaffirm the right to work without being required to join a union, strengthen government integrity by making settlement agreements accessible to the public, and protect landowners from abuse of eminent domain.

“South Dakota lawmakers improved on their conservative score from last year by taking a stand for individual liberties,” said ACU Chairman Matt Schlapp. “Lawmakers strengthened the right to earn a living without being forced to support the political agenda of union bosses, and protected property owners from losing their land through government’s abuses of eminent domain. Unfortunately for taxpayers, lawmakers missed a chance to rein in spending and continued to increase taxes on the people.”

The average score for Republican South Dakota House Representatives was 77 percent, while only a third of all representatives earned awards for scoring 80 percent or better. Just 40 percent South Dakota State Senators earned awards, while only three senators scored 90 percent or better. The overall average for the South Dakota State Legislature was 70 percent. Click Here to view the 2018 Ratings of South Dakota online and Click Here to visit our website.

For questions or media inquiries regarding ACUF state ratings, email Luke Schneider, Public Affairs Coordinator for the American Conservative Union Foundation, at