+ − Contact Information Phone: (605) 773-3821 Office Address: PO Box 690 Pine Ridge, SD 57770 + − Committees (6) SD - Education (Senate) Title: member SD - Health and Human Services (Senate) Title: member SD - Local Government (Senate) Title: member SD - State-Tribal Relations Title: member SD - Education Reform Advisory Council Title: member SD - Post Secondary Education-Purpose and Funding Title: member + − Sponsored Bills (2) 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 - SB69 Repeal the sunset provision on certain statutes relating to nursing homes on Indian reservations. + − Cosponsored Bills (95) SD - HB1004 Reduce the term allowed for covenants not to compete. SD - HB1066 Allow for the cremation of deceased persons who are indigent and the funeral expenses are the financial responsibility of the county. 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 - HB1076 Retain certain members of municipal governing bodies in office following the redistricting of municipal wards. SD - HB1079 Revise certain publication date citations for references to the International Building Code. 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 - HB1107 Revise certain provisions concerning the bonding authority of the South Dakota Conservancy District. SD - HB1110 Establish an education funding goal for elementary and secondary education in South Dakota. SD - HB1115 Exempt certain contracts from the competitive bidding requirements for water user districts. SD - HB1122 Revise certain provisions relating to the vacation, change, or location of highways. SD - HB1144 Enhance educational and economic activities for Native Americans. SD - HB1153 Revise and clarify certain provisions relating to the revocation of fur dealer licenses. SD - HB1156 Revise procedures and requirements relating to special assessments and the financing of local improvements. SD - HB1162 Revise certain provisions relating to the platting and annexation of subdivisions. SD - HB1172 Exempt certain developer-installed storm sewer detention ponds from public procurement bid requirements. SD - HB1173 Revise certain provisions regarding the administration of the county legal expense relief program. SD - HB1178 Revise certain provisions relating to the disposal of local government property. SD - HB1183 Limit copayment or coinsurance amounts for physical and occupational therapy services. SD - HB1187 Exempt health care sharing ministries from the provisions of the health insurance code. SD - HB1195 Authorize the collection of fees for certain educational programming and services, and to declare an emergency. SD - HB1198 Revise the definition of firearm to include certain antique, muzzle-loading, and black powder weapons in certain circumstances. SD - HB1206 Make an appropriation for emergency food assistance grants and to repeal the sales tax on food refund program. SD - HB1207 Exempt wind farms and other energy facilities from taxation if located on an Indian reservation on land held in trust by the United States. SD - HB1208 Establish the South Dakota Early Learning Advisory Council. 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 - HB1217 Enact certain provisions relating to the federal Indian child Welfare Act and to adopt the South Dakota Indian Family Preservation Act. 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 - HB1227 Revise certain provisions with regard to the rights of industrial and construction equipment dealers. SD - HB1231 Provide that hydraulic fracturing is an acceptable recovery process in South Dakota. SD - HB1235 Revise certain provisions relating to the South Dakota state flag. SD - HB1242 Revise the general appropriations act for fiscal year 2012. SD - HB1252 Require the placement of fluorescent orange material on certain big game hunting blinds. 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 - HJR1006 Proposing and submitting to the electors at the next general election an amendment to Article XIII, sections 20 and 21 of the Constitution of the State of South Dakota, relating to the trust fund created from the proceeds of the state cement enterprise sales. 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 - HCR1007 Urging the members of the South Dakota Congressional delegation to sponsor and support the Marketplace Fairness Act and the Marketplace Equity Act. SD - HCR1008 Recognizing the week of June 25 through June 29, 2012, as Ag Week in South Dakota. SD - HCR1009 Urging the federal government to honor tribal identification cards. 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 - HC1001 Honoring and supporting the Scotland Kuchen Feier on the occasion of its third annual event. SD - HC1005 Congratulating and honoring Rob Monson on his election as the 2011-2012 President of the National Association of Elementary School Principals. SD - HC1006 Honoring and commemorating the anniversary in 2012 of the fifty-fourth annual Schmeckfest in Freeman, South Dakota. 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 - HC1013 Commending and honoring those who served in the Korean War, on the sixtieth anniversary of the war's end. 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 - 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 - HC1016 Commending and honoring Avon Elementary School as a National Blue Ribbon school for outstanding academic achievement. SD - HC1021 Commending and honoring the VFW Voice of Democracy, Patriot's Pen, and Teachers of the Year award winners of 2012. SD - HC1022 Honoring and commemorating Roger Nelson for his life-long commitment to sports in South Dakota. 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 - HC1039 Commending and honoring Darin Peterka of Miller High School for his outstanding athletic performance. 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 - HC1050 Commending and honoring the town of Pierpont, South Dakota, on its one hundred twenty-fifth anniversary. 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 - SB2 Repeal and to make style and form revisions to certain provisions related to the Department of Human Services. SD - SB58 Revise certain provisions concerning elections conducted at voting centers and to declare an emergency. SD - SB60 Provide for the award of joint physical custody of children under certain circumstances. SD - SB61 Exempt the production of certain plants and sod from sales and use taxes. SD - SB74 Require the direct billing of anatomic pathology services. SD - SB88 Revise the allowable time periods for use of nonresident small game hunting licenses. SD - SB93 Provide for the withdrawal of referred measures in certain circumstances. SD - SB99 Allow certain licensees or employees of a licensed establishment who have been charged with certain felony offenses to be prohibited from entering the licensed premises. SD - SB117 Require that certain heliports be approved by the South Dakota Aeronautics Commission. SD - SB118 Revise certain documentation requirements for obtaining an operator's license. SD - SB119 Revise the Human Relations Act to allow certain discriminatory practices to be investigated by municipalities and counties. SD - SB120 Temporarily increase the state sales and use tax and to declare an emergency. SD - SB125 Require certain day care providers to mail notices of noncompliance. SD - SB150 Authorize counties and townships to permit fencing within the rights-of-way of certain minimum maintenance roads. SD - SB151 Provide a time period before certain action on the general appropriation bill may commence. SD - SB153 Authorize the transfer of certain landowner preference big game licenses. SD - SB165 Revise certain provisions related to the distribution of funds to sparse school districts. SD - SB174 Increase the 911 emergency surcharge, to revise the collection and distribution of the surcharge revenue, to provide for point of sale collection of the prepaid wireless 911 emergency surcharge, and to provide funding for the upgrade of 911 emergency services. SD - SB181 Repeal certain tort liability arising out of causes of action based on seduction, abduction, and alienation of affections. 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 - 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 - SC1 Commending and honoring the 2010-2011 Outstanding School Administrators of South Dakota. 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 - SC16 Honoring Courtney Peterson of Sisseton, South Dakota, as the recipient of the 2012 Miss Rodeo South Dakota crown. SD - SC17 Honoring Amy Shan of Madison as a recipient of the Prudential Spirit of Community Award. 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.