+ − Contact Information Phone: (605) 773-3851 Office Address: 2516 Clarkway Dr. Sioux Falls, SD 57105 + − Committees (2) SD - Health and Human Services (House) Title: member SD - State Affairs (House) Title: member + − Sponsored Bills (2) SD - HB1206 Make an appropriation for emergency food assistance grants and to repeal the sales tax on food refund 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. + − Cosponsored Bills (92) SD - SCR1 Honoring the University of South Dakota on its one hundred fiftieth anniversary. SD - SC1 Commending and honoring the 2010-2011 Outstanding School Administrators of South Dakota. SD - HB1157 Repeal the Governor's authority to enter the Midwestern Regional Higher Education Compact on behalf of the state, to repeal the Midwestern Regional Higher Education Compact, to provide for withdrawal of South Dakota from the compact. SD - HC1023 Commending and honoring Spc. Dennis Jensen who was killed on active duty in Afghanistan. SD - SCR6 Urging the government of Turkey to uphold and safeguard religious and human rights and to respect the property rights and human rights of the Ecumenical Patriarchate. SD - HB1066 Allow for the cremation of deceased persons who are indigent and the funeral expenses are the financial responsibility of the county. SD - HCR1002 Urging Congress and the South Dakota congressional delegation to support federal legislation to protect the United States Postal Service. 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 - SB59 Revise certain provisions regarding the public records open to inspection and copying. SD - SB149 Revise certain provisions relating to the conditional release of persons charged with domestic abuse. SD - HC1058 Commending and honoring Lincoln High School, Sioux Falls, South Dakota, as a National School of Excellence for Speech and Debate by the National Forensic League. 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 - SB184 Prohibit hiring discrimination on the basis of current employment status. SD - SB125 Require certain day care providers to mail notices of noncompliance. SD - HC1022 Honoring and commemorating Roger Nelson for his life-long commitment to sports in South Dakota. SD - SC23 Honoring and commending the citizens of South Dakota for their exemplary response to the Missouri River Flood of 2011. SD - HC1009 Commending and honoring the 2011 Habitat for Humanity South Dakota Habitat Supporters of the Year. SD - HB1106 Restore funding for certain salary and expense reimbursement programs relating to veterans' service officers and to make an appropriation therefor. SD - SB146 Provide for an affirmative defense of compulsion for the crime of prostitution. SD - HC1064 Commending and honoring Lake Area Technical Institute in Watertown, South Dakota, on receiving the designation as a Finalist With Distinction in the first annual Aspen Prize for Community College Excellence Program. SD - HB1117 Provide for the taking of muskrats by shooting under certain conditions. SD - HB1246 Prohibit the use of bisphenol A in certain products. SD - SB72 Regulate persons offering speech-language pathology to the public. SD - HB1208 Establish the South Dakota Early Learning Advisory Council. SD - HC1013 Commending and honoring those who served in the Korean War, on the sixtieth anniversary of the war's end. SD - HB1235 Revise certain provisions relating to the South Dakota state flag. 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 - HC1050 Commending and honoring the town of Pierpont, South Dakota, on its one hundred twenty-fifth anniversary. SD - SB164 Require public school students in grade eleven to take certain assessments. SD - SCR5 Supporting and encouraging a 2012 interim study and thorough review of drainage laws in South Dakota. SD - HCR1018 Urging Congress to restore the impact aid program. SD - HC1042 Honoring the Canton High School wrestling program. SD - HC1016 Commending and honoring Avon Elementary School as a National Blue Ribbon school for outstanding academic achievement. SD - SB139 Establish the Teach for America grant program within the Department of Education. SD - HB1148 Prohibit political contributions by certain state employees to gubernatorial candidates. SD - HB1177 Establish provisions to exempt breastfeeding mothers or new parents from jury duty. SD - HB1130 Revise the fee schedule for certain documents filed with the county register of deeds, to create a county and statewide fund for the purpose of modernizing and preserving records, and to distribute certain revenue. SD - HB1070 Revise certain provisions relating to the certificate of health requirement for the importation of animals. SD - HC1055 Commending and honoring the 2011 Boys' State AA Soccer Champions of Sioux Falls Lincoln High School for their outstanding athletic performance for the second consecutive year. 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 - 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 - 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 - HC1006 Honoring and commemorating the anniversary in 2012 of the fifty-fourth annual Schmeckfest in Freeman, South Dakota. SD - HB1123 Establish the state employee work enhancement program to equalize the tuition rates paid by state employees. 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 - HCR1014 Urging the United States Department of Veterans Affairs to reconsider its proposed closure of certain VA facilities in Hot Springs. 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 - HC1018 Honoring best-selling author, J.A. Jance. SD - HB1225 Revise the distribution of earnings from the education enhancement trust fund, and to establish the teacher compensation enhancement program. SD - SC2 Commending and honoring the Sioux Falls Christian Chargers Boys Soccer Team for its 2011 State A Soccer Championship. SD - HC1059 Commending and honoring the 2011 Girls' State AA Volleyball Champions of Sioux Falls Lincoln High School for their outstanding athletic performance for the second year in a row. SD - HB1227 Revise certain provisions with regard to the rights of industrial and construction equipment dealers. 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 - SC3 Commending and honoring the Sioux Falls Christian Chargers Girls Volleyball Team for its 2011 State A Volleyball Championship. SD - HC1005 Congratulating and honoring Rob Monson on his election as the 2011-2012 President of the National Association of Elementary School Principals. SD - SB78 Allow an arrest to be expunged when the criminal case is dismissed. SD - HC1025 Thanking and commending Sanford Health, the University of South Dakota, and the Matson Halverson Christiansen Hamilton Foundation for their tireless efforts to promote rural economic development in South Dakota by assisting rural South Dakota's nontraditional students as they complete their healthcare degrees through the Prairie Futures initiative. SD - HC1048 Acknowledging the nine sovereign Tribes within the borders of South Dakota and recognizing Governor Dennis Daugaard for his dedication to promoting a cooperative government-to-government relationship between the Tribes and the State of South Dakota. SD - SCR4 Supporting the concept and further development of South Dakota First, an initiative for success and development. SD - HCR1011 Requesting that a United States Navy submarine be named the USS South Dakota. SD - SC29 Recognizing the achievements of the South Dakota State University Women's and Men's Basketball Teams. SD - HC1061 Commending and honoring the South Dakota Football Gatorade Player of the Year Alex Schultz and South Dakota Volleyball Gatorade Player of the Year Erin Radke of Sioux Falls Lincoln High School for their outstanding athletic performances. SD - HB1105 Increase the energy minerals severance tax and to deposit the additional revenue in the education enhancement trust fund. SD - HB1068 Guarantee the right of individuals to secure medical services of their choosing. SD - HCR1008 Recognizing the week of June 25 through June 29, 2012, as Ag Week in South Dakota. SD - HB1252 Require the placement of fluorescent orange material on certain big game hunting blinds. SD - HB1150 Prohibit false advertising by limited services pregnancy centers and to provide for judicial relief. SD - SC14 Congratulating Aberdeen, South Dakota, for its recognition as one of the 100 Best Communities for Young People. SD - HC1053 Commending and honoring the National Merit PSAT Semifinalists Greg Berg, Sai Sai Chen, Jackson Erpenbach, Claire Gregg, Ethan Nemmers, and Hannah Purtell of Sioux Falls Lincoln High School for their outstanding academic achievements. SD - HB1149 Provide for legislative redistricting by a bipartisan, nonlegislative commission. 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 - HB1052 Grant discretion to the court with regard to personal appearances in certain adoption appearances. SD - SB151 Provide a time period before certain action on the general appropriation bill may commence. SD - SB185 Provide an exception from the statutory requirements for persons taking steps towards self-employment and to allow them to collect unemployment compensation. SD - HB1221 Increase the minimum wage and to provide for annual adjustments in the minimum wage equivalent to the consumer price index. SD - HC1039 Commending and honoring Darin Peterka of Miller High School for his outstanding athletic performance. SD - HB1218 Rescind the statute of limitations for any civil cause of action arising out of childhood sexual abuse. SD - HB1223 Exempt from sales tax certain handling fees paid by religious organizations to approved relief agencies for the distribution of food which is provided for the assistance or relief of the poor, distressed, or underprivileged through food giveaway programs. 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 - HC1021 Commending and honoring the VFW Voice of Democracy, Patriot's Pen, and Teachers of the Year award winners of 2012. SD - SB163 Provide safety provisions by requiring registration of certain family day care facilities, to establish notification and reporting requirements for violations, and to provide penalties therefor. 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 - HB1116 Exempt bedding used for agricultural purposes from sales and use taxes. SD - HB1138 Declare that any person who maintains or provides roll-your-own cigarette machines at retail establishments are cigarette manufacturers. SD - SB119 Revise the Human Relations Act to allow certain discriminatory practices to be investigated by municipalities and counties. SD - SB141 Revise the legal definition of the term, domestic abuse. 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 - HC1001 Honoring and supporting the Scotland Kuchen Feier on the occasion of its third annual event. SD - HB1153 Revise and clarify certain provisions relating to the revocation of fur dealer licenses. SD - SC17 Honoring Amy Shan of Madison as a recipient of the Prudential Spirit of Community Award.