Senator Ernie Otten — 2017


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Majority Whip

Party: Republican
Term: Incumbent
District: 06
Counties: Lincoln
Occupation: Contractor Sales

Home Address:
46787 273rd
Tea, SD 57064

Home: 605-368-5716
Capitol: 605-773-3821
Business: 605-368-5716

Email: Ernie.Otten@sdlegislature.gov

Session Committees

State AffairsMember MWF 10:00 AM Room 414 
TransportationMember MWF 7:45 AM Room 423 

Prime Sponsor

SB 95allow certain candidates for elective office to pay filing fees in lieu of submitting nominating petitions, and to create the election filing fee fund. 
SC 2Honoring those from the Harrisburg, South Dakota, community who acted heroically and persevered through the tragic events of September 30, 2015. 
SC 3Honoring the actions of those who reacted to control the tragic events in the Lennox area on February 12, 2015. 

Co Sponsor

SB 5revise the procedure to initiate a school district boundary change. 
SB 64revise the voting authority of an alderman. 
SB 65revise the procedure for a municipal recall petition. 
SB 73clarify certain provisions regarding open meetings. 
SB 75establish a grant program for adult community residential services designed to reduce the risk of recidivism, to provide a report to the Legislature, to make an appropriation therefor, and declare an emergency. 
SB 91revise certain provisions concerning the information on the forms provided to persons who sign initiated constitutional amendments, referred laws, or initiated measures. 
SB 96revise the expense reimbursement for members of the Board of Pardons and Paroles. 
SB 97provide for the automatic removal of all petty offenses, municipal ordinance violations, and Class 2 misdemeanor charges or convictions from background check records after ten years under certain conditions. 
SB 102allow certain alcoholic beverage licenses and special event alcoholic beverage licenses to be issued on certain lands and facilities located on state educational institution campuses. 
SB 109require counties to conduct random checkpoints for overweight vehicles as a condition of receiving funds from the bridge improvement grant fund. 
SB 111revise certain provisions regarding the application of the county wheel tax. 
SB 114make an appropriation for certain costs related to the commissioning of the USS South Dakota and to declare an emergency. 
SB 129establish certain suicide awareness and prevention training requirements for certain school employees based on the Jason Flatt Act. 
SB 138authorize the construction of a nursing home facility in Rosebud, South Dakota. 
SB 140eliminate life sentences for defendants under the age of eighteen at the time of the crime. 
SB 142authorize certain disclosures of mental health information to law enforcement. 
SB 158revise provisions related to restitution in cases involving juveniles and to declare an emergency. 
SB 159provide a tax credit to insurance companies that contribute to an organization providing educational scholarships to certain students. 
SB 163require the disclosure of certain cumulative contracts with the state. 
SC 6Honoring Allyson Monson of Clark, South Dakota, Girls State Governor, and Andrew Flannery of Elk Point, 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. 
SC 7Commending and honoring the 2015 Habitat for Humanity--South Dakota Habitat Supporters of the Year. 
SC 8Commending and honoring the 2015 Madison High School Bulldogs Football Team and the students and staff involved in the football program. 
SC 9Honoring the South Dakota Health Care Association on the occasion of its sixty-fifth anniversary. 
SC 11Recognizing and honoring the courage of South Dakota Highway Patrol Sergeant John Koenig. 
SJR 1Proposing a constitutional amendment to provide that the fundamental right of state citizens to bear arms cannot be infringed and is subject to strict scrutiny. 
HB 1008restrict access to certain restrooms and locker rooms in public schools. 
HB 1056revise certain provisions relating to the veterans' preference in employment. 
HB 1075revise the area for certain open units where nonresident waterfowl licenses are issued. 
HB 1094increase the commercial fertilizer inspection fee for purposes of fertilizer-related research and education and to create the Nutrient Research and Education Council to promote such research and education. 
HB 1100set a minimum size for a sign about zoning changes or conditional use permits. 
HB 1107ensure government nondiscrimination in matters of religious beliefs and moral convictions. 
HB 1118limit the amount of instructional time that may be spent administering statewide academic assessments. 
HB 1129allow a concealed pistol in the capitol and any county courthouse with an enhanced concealed pistol permit. 
HB 1150revise certain provisions concerning the property tax exemption provided to local industrial development corporations. 
HB 1163revise the periods of time during which veterans may use tuition benefits at institutions under the control of the Board of Regents. 
HB 1164provide for a special interest motor vehicle license plate for certain vehicles under certain conditions. 
HB 1169allow a school district to operate an attendance center within another school district. 
HB 1202provide access to abandoned cemeteries and private burying grounds 
HB 1209require any public body of the state to accept as valid all information on a person's birth certificate. 
HB 1214regulate conflicts of interest for authority, board, or commission members. 
HB 1215authorize a private school to hold dual status as an alternative instruction program under certain conditions. 
HB 1225provide for the forfeiture and disposition of certain property utilized in acts of terrorism. 
HB 1234require the approval of the Legislature before the state adopts certain changes to the Medicaid program. 
HB 1238revise the powers and duties of the Executive Board of the Legislative Research Council. 
HC 1001Recognizing Tony Metzgar for his act of saving a life. 
HC 1002Recognizing Isabel Trobaugh for her service to the community of Elk Point. 
HC 1003Recognizing Helen Sweeter of Worthing for the honors and recognition she has received for an exemplary life of service to her family, church, and community. 
HC 1006Commending and honoring the 2014-2015 Outstanding School Administrators of South Dakota, including Tim Graf, Milbank, School Superintendent; Chad Allison, Lennox, Middle School Principal; Merna Bye, Corsica, School Business Official; Brad Olinger, Flandreau, Elementary School Principal; Jim Aisenbrey, Baltic, Secondary School Principal; Mike Radke, Huron, Assistant Secondary School Principal; Dr. Sandra Henry, Sioux Falls, Curriculum Leader; and Rhonda Zinter, Milbank, Director of Special Education, for being named outstanding administrators by their respective administrator parent groups. 
HC 1007Recognizing Sabrina Swee for her excellence and achievements in the area of culinary arts. 
HC 1012Recognizing and honoring the bravery of South Dakota Highway Patrol Trooper Zachary Bader. 
HC 1021Recognizing Jean Benson for her achievements as head coach for the Chester Area Flyers Volleyball Team. 
HCR 1002Supporting the selection of the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter beddown at Joe Foss Field, 114th Fighter Wing, South Dakota Air National Guard. 
HCR 1005Urging the federal government to refrain from enacting regulations that threaten the reliability and affordability of electric power in the northern great plains. 
HCR 1013Recognizing the positive economic impact sportsmen and sportswomen have in South Dakota. 
HCR 1015Commending Taiwan's presidential election; supporting Taiwan's efforts to secure entry to the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) and the signing of the Free Trade Agreement (FTA) and the Bilateral Investment Agreement (BIA) with the United States; and reaffirming support for increasing Taiwan's international profile and for strengthening and expanding sister-state ties between South Dakota and Taiwan. 
HCR 1017Commending the nation of Israel for its cordial and mutually beneficial relationship with the United States and with the State of South Dakota. 

Hearings

No Hearings Scheduled