Senator Ben Nesselhuf — 2008


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Party: Democrat
Term: Incumbent
District: 17
Counties: Clay, Turner
Occupation: Insurance Agent


Session Committees

EducationMember TTh 7:45 AM Room 423 
Legislative ProcedureMember Call of Chair 10:00 AM Room 413 
State AffairsMember MWF 10:00 AM Room 414 

Interim Committees

Legislative ProcedureMember 

Prime Sponsor

SB 108revise certain provisions regarding the directional sign program for certain business establishments located near an interstate or primary highway. 
SB 112revise eligibility requirements for continuation of health care coverage. 
SB 113exempt certain individual health benefit plans from certain premium rating requirements. 
SB 114allow for risk pool eligibility and rate flexibility for certain health insurance conversion plans. 
SB 154allow public schools to maintain pre-kindergarten programs, to provide the Board of Education with rule making authority for pre-kindergarten programs, and to provide funding through the state aid to education formula for students in accredited pre-kindergarten programs. 
SB 161create the South Dakota Boxing Commission and to provide for the supervision of boxing and kickboxing competitions and sparring exhibitions in the state. 
SB 196repeal a limitation on certain environmental rules. 
HB 1213provide a uniform standard for processing of accident and health carrier policy rate and form filings. 
HC 1016Commending the 2006-2007 Hurley Bulldogs High School Boys' Basketball Team for winning the State B Championship. 
HC 1017Commending the 2007 Vermillion Tanagers High School Boys' Golf Team for winning the State Championship. 
HC 1018Commending the 2006-2007 Vermillion Tanagers High School Girls' Basketball Team for winning the State A Championship. 
HC 1019Commending the 2006 Parker Pheasants High School Football Team for winning the State 9AA Championship. 
HJR 1003To propose a constitutional amendment to repeal certain reimbursement restrictions for travel by legislators to and from a legislative session. 
HJR 1004To propose a constitutional amendment to provide for a maximum of forty legislative days each year. 

Co Sponsor

SB 79increase the payments made to school districts with growing enrollments. 
SB 81allow persons to place a security freeze on their credit reports without first being victims of identity theft. 
SB 95increase certain fees collected by sheriffs for collecting delinquent taxes. 
SB 106limit state expenditures. 
SB 122provide a legislative deadline for the adoption of the budget for the Department of Education. 
SB 126allow municipalities and counties to issue additional on-sale alcoholic beverage licenses. 
SB 127provide for a sales tax holiday on certain tangible personal property for going back to school. 
SB 132clarify provisions regarding the continuation of coverage after an employer ceases business operations. 
SB 143revise certain provisions regarding collection and administration of the 911 emergency surcharge and operation of 911 services. 
SB 149increase general funding for school districts, to impose a temporary limit on the growth of state general fund spending, and to suspend the transfer of moneys from the general fund to the budget reserve fund and to the property tax reduction fund. 
SB 150increase general funding for schools, to impose a temporary limit on the growth of state general fund spending, to suspend the transfer of moneys from the general fund to the budget reserve fund and to the property tax reduction fund, to provide funding for the postsecondary technical institutes, to provide for the modernization of science facilities and laboratories at public universities, to make an appropriation therefor, and to declare an emergency. 
SB 164clarify the application of certain statutes relative to contraception and birth control. 
SB 169revise the index factor in the state aid to education formula and to establish a minimum salary schedule for teachers. 
SB 172appropriate money to the Department of Public Safety to fund the South Dakota Highway Patrol. 
SB 176authorize the Legislative Research Council to remodel, renovate, and furnish certain facilities on the fourth floor of the State Capitol Building for use by the Legislature, to make an appropriation therefor, and to declare an emergency. 
SB 177revise certain provisions regarding the disposal of abandoned tenant's property left on leased residential premises. 
SB 181create the South Dakota teachers tuition reimbursement program. 
SB 184establish an incentive grant program for the installation of ethanol blender pumps and to make an appropriation therefor. 
SB 187revise the state aid to education formula for the purpose of increasing teachers salaries, to direct the Department of Education to review certain curriculum and to develop a framework for a twenty-first century high school, to create the Teacher Compensation Assistance Program Advisory Council, and to revise certain provisions related to the payment of additional funds to consolidating school districts. 
SB 190provide for regulatory oversight of oil pipelines and to create a task force. 
SB 195create the South Dakota Commission on Higher Pay and Economic Prosperity, to prescribe its duties, and to make an appropriation therefor. 
SC 2Commending and honoring the 2006-2007 Outstanding School Administrators of South Dakota: Larry Johnke, Irene-Wakonda, School Superintendent; Dennis Povondra, Bon Homme, School Business Official; Ruth Claeys, Box Elder, Elementary School Principal; James Bridge, Alexandria, Secondary School Principal; Bradley Berens, Mitchell, Middle School Principal; Wallace Bosch, Yankton, Assistant Secondary Principal; Dr. Lesli Hanson, Watertown, Curriculum Director; and Daniel Goodwin, Sioux Falls, Director of Special Education for being named outstanding administrators by their respective administrator parent groups. 
SC 6Honoring Jordan Arneson for achieving the rank of Eagle Scout. 
SC 7Honoring Anthony P. Sutton for achieving the rank of Eagle Scout. 
SC 9Honoring John C. Feske for achieving the rank of Eagle Scout. 
SC 12Honoring Kelsey Kimbler for achieving the title of Junior Miss Aberdeen. 
SC 13Honoring Amber Kolb for achieving the title of Miss Aberdeen. 
SC 14Commending the Stratford Community Theatre and its many volunteers for building social and economic bonds in their local communities through the performing arts. 
SC 18Commending and honoring the 2007 Habitat for Humanity—South Dakota Habitat Supporters of the Year: Laurie Shelton, Huron, Beadle County Habitat for Humanity; Barbara Garcia and Mayor Jim Shaw, Rapid City, Black Hills Area Habitat for Humanity; Steve Helling, Brookings, Brookings Area Habitat for Humanity; Melanie Urich, Dacotah Tipis Habitat for Humanity; Rita Edwards, Madison, East Central SD Habitat for Humanity; Harry Kittams, Sioux Falls, Greater Sioux Falls Habitat for Humanity; Doris Holden, Pierre, Oahe Habitat for Humanity; First Financial Bank USA, Okiciyapi Tipi Habitat for Humanity; Clint Waara, Pierre, Sicangu Tikaga Okiciyapi Habitat for Humanity; Thomas Burns, Watertown, Watertown Region Habitat for Humanity; Barb Mechtenberg, Habitat for Humanity of Yankton County; Sicangu Takaga Okiciyapi Habitat for Humanity, Habitat for Humanity Midwest Resource Center; and StarMark, Sioux Falls, Habitat for Humanity—South Dakota, Inc. 
SC 24Recognizing and commending the anniversary of the fiftieth annual Schmeckfest in Freeman, South Dakota. 
SC 25Recognizing and commending the Kuchen Festival in Delmont, South Dakota. 
SC 26Recognizing April 23, 2008, as Adopt a Library Day. 
SCR 5Urging the Midwest Independent System Operator to reconsider its pricing methodology with respect to certain energy transmission costs. 
SCR 6Recognizing the Boys and Girls Clubs of the South Dakota Alliance and commending the individuals, communities, and tribes that financially support the clubs. 
SCR 9Urging the use of market-driven upstream carbon offset programs in the development of regional carbon trading systems. 
SCR 10Urging the Congress and the President of the United States to restore funding for the Lewis & Clark Regional Water System. 
SCR 12Recognizing the United States of America Women's Olympic Softball Team. 
HB 1114revise certain provisions concerning the definition and operation of farm wineries. 
HB 1118authorize the issuance of special off-sale package wine dealers licenses. 
HB 1142authorize additional off-sale retail liquor licenses in certain municipalities. 
HB 1143repeal certain requirements related to school district employee retirement benefits. 
HB 1144make an appropriation for costs related to the purchase of motorcycles for use in the motorcycle safety training courses, and to declare an emergency. 
HB 1149revise certain provisions regarding protection orders granted upon a finding of domestic abuse. 
HB 1155provide for the practice and regulation of licensed midwives. 
HB 1172revise the index factor in the state aid to education formula. 
HB 1174revise certain provisions related to the composition of water development district boards of directors. 
HB 1180appropriate money for the Northern Crops Institute. 
HB 1181revise certain provisions concerning information related to the assessment of property that is to be provided by the director of equalization. 
HB 1184create a renewable energy property tax incentive program. 
HB 1202make an appropriation to fund an expansion of Teach for America. 
HB 1214create a required minimum salary for teachers who teach in school districts that receive state aid funding. 
HB 1237revise certain provisions regarding the prohibition of smoking in certain public places or places of employment. 
HB 1245revise the boundaries of the Central Plains, East Dakota, James River, and South Central water development districts, and to revise provisions related to the board of directors in the affected districts. 
HB 1249allow the Department of Education to enter into certain enrollment agreements with the State of Nebraska. 
HB 1255provide for the titling and registration of certain low-speed vehicles. 
HB 1256require certain disclosures when selling labor law posters to employers. 
HB 1260revise sex offender registry provisions for persons without a residence address. 
HB 1267appropriation for the lease, lease purchase, or financing of two airplanes for transportation at the University of South Dakota and South Dakota State University, and to declare an emergency. 
HB 1272revise the defined sources of renewable electricity and recycled energy. 
HB 1279align math and science education with South Dakota's historic and unique scientific opportunities, to direct the Department of Education to initiate Project Lead the Way, to develop a clearinghouse for certain educational opportunities, and to provide for an independent analysis of the state's content standards, and to make an appropriation therefor, and to require the Department of Education to develop a framework for a high school for the twenty-first century, and to require high schools to report on activities and results relative to that framework. 
HB 1283revise on-sale alcoholic beverage license fees for certain municipalities and to declare an emergency. 
HB 1284require certain employees acquiring real property to be certified, licensed, or registered by the Department of Revenue and Regulation as real estate appraisers. 
HB 1297provide a maximum finance charge for short-term consumer loans and title loans. 
HB 1299establish a task force to study highway needs and financing of highway needs in the state and to declare an emergency. 
HB 1300revise certain provisions related to school district reorganization and to the payment of additional funds to consolidating school districts, and to revise the general state aid to education formula for the purpose of increasing teachers salaries. 
HB 1302establish notification requirements for certain relatives of children in the custody of the Department of Social Services. 
HB 1303require the South Dakota State Library to deliver services and materials to residents in remote areas of the state, and to deliver those services and materials free of charge. 
HB 1304implement the recommendations of the Indian Child Welfare Commission. 
HB 1312change the South Dakota virtual high school to the South Dakota virtual school. 
HB 1316establish a maximum balance for school district pension funds. 
HC 1002Honoring Louie Krogman of White River, South Dakota, for setting the all-time scoring record for South Dakota boys' high school basketball. 
HC 1003Honoring Brittany Davis of Waubay as the 2008 South Dakota Snow Queen. 
HC 1013Honoring Lisa Jan Thvedt, of Beresford, South Dakota, for being selected to represent her state as South Dakota's Junior Miss 2007 in the America's Junior Miss Scholarship Program in Mobile, Alabama. 
HC 1024Honoring Toby Flint of Brookings as a recipient of a 2008 Prudential Spirit of Community Award. 
HC 1033Honoring Dora Brugier of Eagle Butte for her lifelong civic contributions as a Lakota storyteller, deacon, grandmother, aunt, mother, and community leader. 
HC 1035Honoring Sarah Thvedt as a distinguished finalist for the Prudential Spirit of Community Award. 
HCR 1005To declare March 29, 2008, as Vietnam Veterans Day, in South Dakota. 
HCR 1011Expressing the Legislature's consummate respect and appreciation for the service of Master Sergeant Woodrow Wilson Keeble, Sisseton-Wahpeton Oyate, a recipient of the Medal of Honor, the nation's highest military award. 

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