+ − Contact Information Phone: (605) 773-3851 Office Address: 29966 423rd Ave Scotland, SD 57059 + − Committees (2) SD - Agriculture and Natural Resources (House) Title: member SD - Local Government (House) Title: member + − Sponsored Bills (19) SD - HC1023 Commending and honoring Spc. Dennis Jensen who was killed on active duty in Afghanistan. SD - HB1101 Repeal the taxes imposed on banks and financial corporations. SD - HB1257 Provide for the disposal of the Napa Junction to Platte segment of the state-owned rail system. SD - HC1017 Honoring and commending the twenty-fifth annual Menno Pioneer Power Show. SD - HC1015 Celebrating and honoring Tabor's Annual Czech Days Festivities on the occasion of its sixty-fourth anniversary on June 14, 15, 16, 2012. SD - HB1004 Reduce the term allowed for covenants not to compete. SD - HC1016 Commending and honoring Avon Elementary School as a National Blue Ribbon school for outstanding academic achievement. SD - HC1006 Honoring and commemorating the anniversary in 2012 of the fifty-fourth annual Schmeckfest in Freeman, South Dakota. SD - HB1102 Provide for a study of the feasibility of establishing an equine processing facility and to make an appropriation therefor. SD - HC1014 Commending and honoring Dennis Povondra, business manager at Bon Homme 4-2 School District, on his retirement after thirty-six years of exceptional service. SD - HC1024 Commending and honoring 2012 Miss Teen Great Plains International Alaina Bertsch on her accomplishment. SD - HC1012 Commending and honoring the Armour School District Board of Education, on receiving the Associated School Boards of South Dakota School Board Award of Excellence for 2012. SD - HC1005 Congratulating and honoring Rob Monson on his election as the 2011-2012 President of the National Association of Elementary School Principals. SD - HB1104 Define the responsibility of the Department of Transportation regarding portions of certain intersecting county and township highways located within the right-of-way of the state highway system. SD - HC1003 Commending and honoring the community of Delmont on its one hundred twenty-fifth birthday. SD - HB1103 Provide a maximum rate of interest or finance charge for regulated lenders. SD - HC1021 Commending and honoring the VFW Voice of Democracy, Patriot's Pen, and Teachers of the Year award winners of 2012. SD - HC1001 Honoring and supporting the Scotland Kuchen Feier on the occasion of its third annual event. SD - HB1256 Repeal the contractor's excise tax. + − Cosponsored Bills (85) SD - HB1067 Guarantee an employee's right to secure a physician and other medical services of their choosing for care under a worker's compensation claim. SD - HB1068 Guarantee the right of individuals to secure medical services of their choosing. SD - HB1074 Exempt certain counties from restrictions relating to the taking of muskrat. SD - HB1098 Repeal certain provisions providing for the tolling of administrative rules dealing with underground injection control Class III wells and in situ leach mining relating to uranium. SD - HB1106 Restore funding for certain salary and expense reimbursement programs relating to veterans' service officers and to make an appropriation therefor. SD - HB1107 Revise certain provisions concerning the bonding authority of the South Dakota Conservancy District. SD - HB1116 Exempt bedding used for agricultural purposes from sales and use taxes. SD - HB1117 Provide for the taking of muskrats by shooting under certain conditions. SD - HB1122 Revise certain provisions relating to the vacation, change, or location of highways. SD - HB1123 Establish the state employee work enhancement program to equalize the tuition rates paid by state employees. SD - HB1129 Prohibit the use of certain handheld electronic wireless devices for electronic messaging while driving. SD - HB1139 Revise certain provisions relating to identity theft and employment. SD - HB1140 Require that all recorded votes of the Legislature be displayed on the Legislative Research Council's internet site and to establish a penalty. SD - HB1141 Require that the Legislative Research Council's internet site include a listing of votes cast by individual legislators. SD - HB1142 Protect the access of legislators to staff services and the maintenance of appropriate legislative confidentiality and to provide penalties for the violation thereof. SD - HB1143 Revise certain provisions relating to a perpetrator's knowledge of a rape victim's age or capability to give consent. SD - HB1148 Prohibit political contributions by certain state employees to gubernatorial candidates. SD - HB1186 Prohibit registered sex offenders from circulating petitions and to provide a penalty for the violation thereof. SD - HB1187 Exempt health care sharing ministries from the provisions of the health insurance code. SD - HB1205 Exempt federal veterans' disability benefits from certain support obligations and other claims. SD - HB1216 Lower the state sales and use tax on certain food items and to increase the rate of taxation for the sales and use tax on certain goods and services. SD - HB1221 Increase the minimum wage and to provide for annual adjustments in the minimum wage equivalent to the consumer price index. SD - HB1225 Revise the distribution of earnings from the education enhancement trust fund, and to establish the teacher compensation enhancement program. SD - HB1226 Revise the index factor in the state aid to general education and state aid to special education formulas, and to require the Legislature to estimate general fund revenues for the current fiscal year and the next fiscal year. SD - HB1230 Modify the publication requirements for water rights applications. SD - HB1235 Revise certain provisions relating to the South Dakota state flag. SD - HB1249 Permit a probationer who is a registered sex offender to reside in an assigned halfway house or supervised living center within a community safety zone and to prohibit sex offenders who committed sexual offenses against children to qualify for certain residency exceptions. SD - HB1254 Revise certain provisions pertaining to the decision of a pregnant mother considering termination of her relationship with her child by an abortion, to establish certain procedures to insure that such decisions are voluntary, uncoerced, and informed, and to revise certain causes of action for professional negligence relating to performance of an abortion. SD - HJR1002 To propose a constitutional amendment to repeal certain reimbursement restrictions for travel by legislators to and from a legislative session. SD - HJR1003 Proposing and submitting to the electors at the next general election an amendment to Article VI of the Constitution of the State of South Dakota, relating to the right of individuals to secure medical services of their choosing. SD - HJR1004 To propose a constitutional amendment regarding legislative term limits. SD - HJR1005 Proposing and submitting to the electors at the next general election an amendment to Article III, section 5 of the Constitution of the State of South Dakota, relating to single member house districts. SD - HCR1002 Urging Congress and the South Dakota congressional delegation to support federal legislation to protect the United States Postal Service. SD - HCR1006 In opposition to certain actions by animal rights groups to undermine agricultural producers. SD - HCR1008 Recognizing the week of June 25 through June 29, 2012, as Ag Week in South Dakota. SD - HCR1012 Directing the Department of Game, Fish and Parks to return a mountain lion carcass or pelt to a certain Harding County resident and to reconsider its policy with respect to possession of mountain lion carcasses and pelts. SD - HCR1014 Urging the United States Department of Veterans Affairs to reconsider its proposed closure of certain VA facilities in Hot Springs. SD - HCR1018 Urging Congress to restore the impact aid program. SD - HC1004 Thanking and commending the Teach for America corps members who live and teach in South Dakota for their tremendous efforts in working to ensure that every child growing up in poverty receives an excellent education. SD - HC1009 Commending and honoring the 2011 Habitat for Humanity South Dakota Habitat Supporters of the Year. SD - HC1010 Commending and honoring the Parker State Class B Boys' Cross Country Champions. SD - HC1011 Congratulating State Representative Kim Vanneman of Ideal, for receiving the South Dakota Corn Growers Outstanding Legislative Leadership award. SD - HC1013 Commending and honoring those who served in the Korean War, on the sixtieth anniversary of the war's end. SD - HC1018 Honoring best-selling author, J.A. Jance. SD - HC1019 Recognizing and remembering the Homestead Act. SD - HC1037 Honoring and recognizing seventy-five years of conservation leadership. SD - HC1038 Honoring Dr. Carol Pistulka, superintendent of the McCook Central School District, on her retirement after dedicated service to the youth and families of the McCook Central School District. SD - HC1040 Posthumously honoring South Dakota Highway Patrol Trooper Douglas Leigh Nelson, Sr. (HP 110) for his thirty-five and one half years dedicated service to South Dakotans as a highway patrolman and a veteran of the U.S. Army. SD - HC1041 Honoring, commending, and thanking South Dakota Highway Patrolman Jerry Boyer for his thirty-two and one-half years of dedicated service to South Dakotans as a highway patrolman. SD - HC1042 Honoring the Canton High School wrestling program. SD - HC1043 Honoring, commending, and thanking South Dakota Highway Patrolman Captain Rod Olerud upon his retirement, for his many dedicated years of service to South Dakotans as a highway patrolman. SD - HC1044 Honoring, commending, and thanking South Dakota Highway Patrolman First Sergeant Steve Marquardt upon his retirement, for his many dedicated years of service to South Dakotans as a highway patrolman. SD - HC1045 Honoring, commending, and thanking South Dakota Highway Patrolman Trooper Fred Braddock upon his retirement, for his many dedicated years of service to South Dakotans as a highway patrolman. SD - HC1046 Honoring, commending, and thanking South Dakota Highway Patrolman Sergeant Gene Barthel upon his retirement, for his many dedicated years of service to South Dakotans as a highway patrolman. SD - HC1047 Honoring and commending Jerald "Jerry" Jon Smith for his selfless commitment as a volunteer coach with the Alexandria American Legion Boys Baseball program. SD - HC1050 Commending and honoring the town of Pierpont, South Dakota, on its one hundred twenty-fifth anniversary. SD - HC1052 Congratulating and honoring the Huron High School Tigers Wrestling Team, its coaches, and student managers for ranking second in the 2012 South Dakota State Class A Wrestling Championship Tournament. SD - SB61 Exempt the production of certain plants and sod from sales and use taxes. SD - SB76 Revise certain provisions relating to the retirement of justices and judges. SD - SB95 Modify distributions from the wind energy tax fund. SD - SB100 Modify the ethanol production incentive payment to include qualified producers of biobutanol. SD - SB123 Revise how the taxes are applied to rural electric companies. SD - SB139 Establish the Teach for America grant program within the Department of Education. SD - SB144 Amend provisions regarding captive insurance companies. SD - SB151 Provide a time period before certain action on the general appropriation bill may commence. SD - SB152 Provide for a study of the feasibility of establishing a state-owned equine processing facility and to make an appropriation therefor. SD - SB170 Repeal the large project development fund and the appropriation therefor, to provide tax rebates for certain energy projects, to establish and provide for the administration of the business incentive grant fund, and to make an appropriation for the business incentive grant fund. SD - SB179 Authorize the South Dakota Energy Infrastructure Authority to make certain loans for certain energy development facilities and to provide appropriations therefor. SD - SB189 Provide a designation on certain nondriver identification cards, driver licenses, and permits that the card holders or licensees are honorably discharged veterans. SD - SCR1 Honoring the University of South Dakota on its one hundred fiftieth anniversary. SD - SCR2 Urging the United States Postal Service to reconsider the closing of post offices in rural South Dakota. SD - SCR4 Supporting the concept and further development of South Dakota First, an initiative for success and development. SD - SCR5 Supporting and encouraging a 2012 interim study and thorough review of drainage laws in South Dakota. SD - SC1 Commending and honoring the 2010-2011 Outstanding School Administrators of South Dakota. SD - SC4 Congratulating and commending Brady Hale, Sydney Palmer, and Bailey Kortan for their outstanding performances at the NFL's 2011 Punt, Pass, and Kick Competition. SD - SC7 Honoring Beth Mayrose of Salem, South Dakota Girls State Governor, and Jack Gordon of Sioux Falls, South Dakota Boys State Governor; and commending the South Dakota American Legion and Auxiliary for their sponsorship and coordination of the Girls State and Boys State programs. SD - SC10 Congratulating and honoring the South Dakota National Guard, both current members and all those who have served previously, on the one hundred fiftieth anniversary of the South Dakota National Guard on January 27, 2012. SD - SC11 Recognizing the Rosebud Sioux Tribe Office of Legislative Affairs for its assistance to the State Legislature in carrying out the 2011 legislative redistricting process. SD - SC14 Congratulating Aberdeen, South Dakota, for its recognition as one of the 100 Best Communities for Young People. SD - SC18 Acknowledging the Waverly-South Shore High School Football Team for winning the 2011 State 9B Football Championship. SD - SC19 Congratulating the Deuel High School Girls Gymnastics Team for winning the 2012 State Class A Gymnastics Team Tournament. SD - SC21 Congratulating and commending Wyatt DeJong of Winner, South Dakota, and the Winner FFA Chapter for his outstanding year as the 2010-2011 National FFA Central Region Vice President. SD - SC23 Honoring and commending the citizens of South Dakota for their exemplary response to the Missouri River Flood of 2011. SD - SC27 Recognizing the commemoration of the 200th anniversary of the reported death of Sacagawea in present day South Dakota. SD - SC29 Recognizing the achievements of the South Dakota State University Women's and Men's Basketball Teams.