Senator Thomas A. Dempster — 2009


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Assistant Majority Leader

Party: Republican
Term: Incumbent
District: 09
Counties: Minnehaha
Occupation: Financial Advisor


Session Committees

Health and Human ServicesMember MWF 10:00 AM Room 412 
Legislative ProcedureMember Call of Chair 10:00 AM Room 413 
State AffairsChair MWF 10:00 AM Room 414 

Interim Committees

Legislative ProcedureMember 
Medicaid Reimbursement StudyVice-Chair 

Prime Sponsor

SB 103provide for the primary enforcement of the seat belt law. 
SB 125revise certain provisions of the Uniform Anatomical Gift Act. 
SB 191establish eligibility criteria, community planning processes, and quality benchmarks for state-supported prekindergarten programs. 
HB 1144revise certain provisions relating to the joint and several liability of a husband and wife for necessities. 
HB 1154revise certain requirements for eligibility for opportunity scholarships. 
HB 1164exempt certain trees from requirements related to the removal of vegetation and debris from township road rights-of-way. 
HB 1196require the consent of the governing bodies of certain local governments before creating tax incremental districts. 
HB 1215transfer funds from the tax relief fund to the general fund and to revise certain provisions concerning the effective date of the collection allowance. 
HB 1243modify the requirements regarding the ownership and use of local government endowment funds. 
HB 1267provide for the establishment of group health and dental plans for school district employees. 
HC 1027Honoring Terry Woster for his contributions to South Dakota journalism and culture and for forty years of reporting on the South Dakota State Legislature. 
HCR 1004Urging Congress to reauthorize the State Children's Health Insurance Program. 
HCR 1006Encouraging all South Dakota schools to place a sufficient number of Automated External Defibrillators (AEDs) in their facilities, at their athletic fields, and with their athletic staff, and to adopt a medical emergency response plan that includes AED use. 
HCR 1012Supporting the exploration and development of energy resources. 

Co Sponsor

SB 73permit persons sixteen years of age to donate blood under certain circumstances. 
SB 74direct the Office of the Attorney General to study the creation of a state medical examiner system. 
SB 76require background investigations for certain optometrist licensees and applicants. 
SB 77repeal the maximum number of off-sale alcoholic beverage licenses that may be issued to any person, corporation, or business entity and to establish requirements for physical barriers for certain off-sale alcoholic beverage establishments. 
SB 78provide for a plan to be presented to the Legislature regarding the need for additional drug courts and certain other correctional issues. 
SB 79provide for the primary enforcement of seat belt laws and to define passenger buses. 
SB 83prohibit smoking tobacco or carrying lighted tobacco products in certain places and to require certain persons to inform violators of the prohibition. 
SB 96revise certain provisions concerning the indemnification of employees, officers, and agents of rural electric cooperatives. 
SB 106revise certain provisions regarding the distribution of funds to sparse school districts, and to appropriate funds to distribute to sparse school districts. 
SB 116impose a tax on ethyl alcohol and methyl alcohol used in motor vehicles on the public highways and to revise certain provisions regarding the fuel excise tax. 
SB 122clarify the status of property contiguous to a municipality that is crossed by railroad property. 
SB 147provide for public access to public records, to provide certain exemptions, and to provide for judicial remedies for noncompliance. 
SB 151provide for a special motor vehicle license plate for parents of members of the United States Armed Forces who died while in service of this country. 
SB 154require new construction of certain structures and buildings to comply with the building code. 
SB 155provide for the revision of certain offensive geographic place names. 
SB 159revise certain provisions regarding bank names. 
SB 160revise the grounds for which a license of an athletic trainer may be revoked, suspended, or canceled. 
SB 176allow slot machines to be substituted for video lottery machines in certain alcoholic beverage establishments. 
SB 177adopt the South Dakota Indian Child Welfare Act. 
SB 201increase certain fees on motor vehicles and to increase the fuel excise tax on certain fuel used by motor vehicles. 
SB 203make an appropriation for the purposes of funding the Birth to Three Program in the Department of Education and to require a review of the program. 
SC 1Honoring and supporting Czech Days in Tabor, South Dakota, on the occasion of its sixty-first anniversary. 
SC 12Honoring Chairman Michael Jandreau of the Lower Brule Sioux Tribe for his dedication and lifelong service to his tribe, state, and nation. 
SC 15Honoring Anna Joy Thvedt, of Beresford, South Dakota's Junior Miss 2009. 
SC 18Commending and honoring the 2008-2009 Madison High School Lady Bulldogs Gymnastics Team for its fifteenth consecutive state championship title in Class A Gymnastics and for setting the national record for consecutive gymnastics state championships. 
SC 20Commending Ray Hillenbrand of the Prairie Edge Trading Company and Galleries in Rapid City for his cultural sensitivity and good faith with respect to South Dakota's Native American community. 
SC 23Honoring Dr. Sam Holland, State Veterinarian, for his many years of service to the State of South Dakota. 
SC 25expressing the Legislature's respect and appreciation for the sixteen years of devoted service by Gil Koetzle, the first and only legislator in the history of South Dakota to be term limited out of the House of Representatives and the Senate. 
SC 26Honoring Valerie Melmer for her outstanding commitment and service to the South Dakota legislative page program and the youth of South Dakota. 
SC 27Commending David Adickes of President's Park Sculpture Garden near Lead, South Dakota, for his vision and talent as the designer and creator of the monumental patriotic artworks on permanent display in the Black Hills. 
SC 32Congratulating and honoring Delaney Tyon, the Nastar National Ski Champion. 
SC 33Commending and congratulating the Philip High School Lady Scotties Basketball Team for earning a trip to the State Class B Girls' Basketball Tournament for the first time in the school's history.  
SC 34Congratulating and honoring Jami Fralick, a native of Martin, South Dakota, for his eighth place finish in the Bassmaster Classic. 
SCR 6Supporting certain health screening programs sponsored by the South Dakota Lions Foundation. 
SCR 8urging the members of the State Streamlined Sales Tax Governing Board to amend its treatment of certain food coupons, certificates, and other documentation as gross receipts. 
SCR 11Urging the Environmental Protection Agency to authorize the use of higher blends of ethanol in non-flex fuel vehicles. 
HB 1092regulate the practice of genetic counseling and to prohibit the practice of genetic counseling without a license. 
HB 1094require applicants for licensure as real estate brokers, broker associates, salespersons, property managers, residential rental agents, auctioneers, home inspectors, and timeshare agents and such licensees who are the subject of a disciplinary investigation to submit to a state and federal criminal background check. 
HB 1095include the improper influence of a real estate appraisal by a real estate licensee to the acts constituting unprofessional conduct. 
HB 1114allow a broker to form certain business entities under certain conditions. 
HB 1115increase the education requirement for broker associate license. 
HB 1116require post-licensing education for broker associates. 
HB 1123remove certain sanctions related to public assistance for certain felony drug offenders. 
HB 1134require notice of the cost of certain public notices. 
HB 1135authorize the posting on the internet by the state, municipalities, counties, and school districts in addition to or in lieu of certain publication requirements. 
HB 1146prohibit the torture of animals and to provide certain penalties therefor. 
HB 1147extend civil immunity to licensed veterinarians in certain circumstances. 
HB 1153revise the elements of the crime of indecent exposure involving a child, to revise the elements of the crime of indecent exposure, and to establish the crime of private indecent exposure. 
HB 1158revise certain provisions relating to private placement policies. 
HB 1161increase the monetary amount required to prove financial responsibility for accidents arising out of the ownership, maintenance, or use of a vehicle. 
HB 1169revise the certain provisions concerning the regulatory planning and zoning powers of municipalities. 
HB 1183leverage public investments in higher education facilities and grant programs with private moneys, to authorize the Board of Regents and the South Dakota Building Authority to contract for construction of the Higher Education Center-West River, to fund certain postsecondary education grant programs, to authorize the use of higher education facilities funds to construct the new dairy manufacturing plant at South Dakota State University in Brookings, and to make an appropriation therefor. 
HB 1184clarify provisions dealing with the initiative process. 
HB 1199authorize the South Dakota Energy Infrastructure Authority to study the feasibility of nuclear power plant facility in South Dakota and to make an appropriation therefor. 
HB 1212revise certain requirements of written contract documents for public improvements. 
HB 1213allow school districts to enter into group health insurance contracts that include dental and vision insurance, and to allow school districts to offer group life and group health insurance benefits to retired employees. 
HB 1227increase license fees for certain noncommercial motor homes and trailers. 
HB 1228require mopeds used on public highways to be titled and licensed as a motorcycle and to increase license fees for motorcycles. 
HB 1232decrease publication costs for certain notices by reducing the number of required official newspapers that shall be designated by the counties. 
HB 1233revise certain provisions regarding the campaign finance reporting of the expenditures of certain organizations. 
HB 1234revise the filing deadlines for the nomination of certain independent candidates. 
HB 1240prohibit smoking tobacco or carrying lighted tobacco products in certain places and to require certain persons to inform violators of the prohibition. 
HB 1258allow certain children of overseas citizens to vote in the state. 
HB 1265allow sellers to receive attorney fees in actions involving the disclosure statement required for certain real estate transfers. 
HB 1279require each school district to develop a policy to prohibit bullying and harassment that meets certain requirements. 
HB 1281enhance funding for state highways by increasing fees on certain signs, displays, or devices. 
HB 1286create a task force to study the feasibility of establishing a cabinet-level Department of Native Affairs and to identify benefits that could result from a closer working relationship between the executive and legislative branches and the tribal governments. 
HC 1001Honoring Coach Don Meyer for becoming the most winning coach in men's college basketball. 
HC 1010Commending and honoring Eldon and Regina Roth for their outstanding efforts to increase the value of beef in the United States, for their entrepreneurial spirit, and for their commitment to excellence. 
HC 1013Commending and honoring Joanne Groves, a member of the Huron School District Board, on her selection as the 2008-2009 Outstanding School Board Member of South Dakota. 
HC 1015Commending and honoring the South Dakota Home Builders Association, their one thousand eight hundred members, and their eight local affiliated associations on their thirtieth anniversary, including the Home Builders Association of the Sioux Empire, the Black Hills Home Builders Association, the Aberdeen Home Builders Association, the Watertown Home Builders Association, the Brookings Home Builders Association, the Lewis and Clark Home Builders Association, the Mitchell Home Builders Association, and the Oahe Home Builders Association. 
HC 1017Honoring the Pierre Junior Shooters' BB Gun Team as International Champions. 
HC 1018Honoring Dr. Robert V. Burns on thirty-five years of outstanding service to the South Dakota Legislative Internship Program. 
HC 1020Honoring Elizabeth Volzke as a Prudential Spirit of Community Award recipient. 
HC 1022Honoring Milo Smith of Pierre for his service to the South Dakota Legislature. 
HC 1031Honoring three top seniors from Washington High School in Sioux Falls, South Dakota, as finalists for the Merit Scholarship Awards. 
HC 1032Congratulating Sioux Falls Washington High School for its U.S. News and World Report Silver Medal rating. 
HC 1033Congratulating the Sioux Falls Washington High School Girls' Basketball Team, its coaches, and student managers for their 2008 South Dakota State AA championship season. 
HC 1034Congratulating the Sioux Falls Washington High School Boys' Golf Team on its 2008 South Dakota State Class AA championship season. 
HC 1035Congratulating Coach Brett Schlekeway as the recipient of the South Dakota High School Coaches Association 2008 Assistant Coach of the Year Award. 
HC 1036Congratulating the Sioux Falls Washington High School Highsteppers on the success of their dance team as 2008-2009 South Dakota State AA Champions. 
HC 1037Congratulating the Washington High School Competitive Cheer Team and coaches for their 2008 South Dakota State AA championship season. 
HC 1038Congratulating Sioux Falls Washington High School student Josh Heitkamp for his 2008 South Dakota State AA Boys' Cross Country Individual Championship and for being awarded All-American status by the National High School Athletic Coaches Association. 
HC 1040Recognizing the South Dakota State University Women's Basketball Team on its outstanding athletic and academic achievements. 
HCR 1002To honor and congratulate Barack Obama, the forty-fourth President of the United States of America. 
HCR 1003Expressing solidarity with Israel in its defense against terrorism in the Gaza Strip. 
HCR 1005To honor and thank George W. Bush, the forty-third president of the United States of America. 
HCR 1008Expressing support for improved adolescent health and wellness by recognizing the importance of an adolescent well physical to prevent chronic diseases, help better identify and treat chronic diseases, and update immunizations. 
HCR 1014Urging awareness and support for reading programs in our homes and communities. 

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