+ − Contact Information Phone: (605) 773-3821 Office Address: 521 N. Prairie Sioux Falls, SD 57104 + − Committees (5) SD - Commerce and Energy (Senate) Title: member SD - Judiciary (Senate) Title: member SD - Retirement Laws (Senate) Title: member SD - Retirement Laws Title: member SD - Rules Review Title: member + − Sponsored Bills (3) 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 - SB185 Provide an exception from the statutory requirements for persons taking steps towards self-employment and to allow them to collect unemployment compensation. + − Cosponsored Bills (73) 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 - 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 - SB149 Revise certain provisions relating to the conditional release of persons charged with domestic abuse. SD - SB58 Revise certain provisions concerning elections conducted at voting centers and to declare an emergency. 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 - HC1022 Honoring and commemorating Roger Nelson for his life-long commitment to sports in South Dakota. SD - SB124 Revise per student allocation for state aid to education, to revise the property tax levies for the general fund of school districts, and to revise certain provisions concerning state aid and local effort. 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 - SB153 Authorize the transfer of certain landowner preference big game licenses. SD - HB1096 Specify the venue for certain appeals involving home-rule municipalities. SD - SB68 Provide that no statute of limitations applies to certain rape offenses. SD - HB1246 Prohibit the use of bisphenol A in certain products. 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 - HC1050 Commending and honoring the town of Pierpont, South Dakota, on its one hundred twenty-fifth anniversary. SD - HCR1018 Urging Congress to restore the impact aid program. SD - HC1042 Honoring the Canton High School wrestling program. SD - HCR1016 Concerning endorsement of Taiwan's participation as observer in the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO), and the 28th anniversary of sister state relations with the Province of Taiwan in the Republic of China (Taiwan). SD - HC1016 Commending and honoring Avon Elementary School as a National Blue Ribbon school for outstanding academic achievement. SD - SB159 Authorize funding for certain tribal colleges to defray certain costs associated with educating nonbeneficiary students at tribal colleges and to make an appropriation therefor. SD - HB1071 Increase the benefits that the Insurance Guarantee Association may become obligated to cover for annuities, to provide for retroactive application, and to declare an emergency. SD - HB1206 Make an appropriation for emergency food assistance grants and to repeal the sales tax on food refund program. SD - HCR1001 Recognizing the week of January 22, 2012, through January 28, 2012, as Reproductive Rights Awareness Week. SD - HB1148 Prohibit political contributions by certain state employees to gubernatorial candidates. 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 - SB181 Repeal certain tort liability arising out of causes of action based on seduction, abduction, and alienation of affections. SD - HB1219 Revise certain provisions relating to the process of collecting DNA upon arrest for a qualifying offense. 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 - HB1163 Allow political subdivisions of the state to operate as organizations formed under § 58-18-52 for the purchase of health insurance. 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 - 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 - 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 - 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 - 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 - HB1267 Provide for the establishment and maintenance of a felony domestic violence registry and to provide certain penalties for the violation thereof. SD - SCR4 Supporting the concept and further development of South Dakota First, an initiative for success and development. SD - SC29 Recognizing the achievements of the South Dakota State University Women's and Men's Basketball Teams. SD - HB1105 Increase the energy minerals severance tax and to deposit the additional revenue in the education enhancement trust fund. SD - HCR1008 Recognizing the week of June 25 through June 29, 2012, as Ag Week in South Dakota. 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 - 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 - 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 - SB151 Provide a time period before certain action on the general appropriation bill may commence. 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 - HB1194 Revise certain provisions regarding the payment for rape and sexual offense examinations. SD - HB1114 Amend provision limiting the time used to determine if a violation is a third or subsequent offense. 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 - HC1010 Commending and honoring the Parker State Class B Boys' Cross Country Champions. 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 - SB71 Modify the requirements relating to the publication of the administrative rules. 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 - SC17 Honoring Amy Shan of Madison as a recipient of the Prudential Spirit of Community Award.