Senator Thomas A. Dempster — 2018


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Assistant Majority Leader

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

Home Address:
1209 S. Sugar Maple Dr.
Sioux Falls, SD 57110-8900

Home: 605-339-3223
Capitol: 605-359-6387
Business: 605-359-6387

Email: sen.dempster@state.sd.us

Session Committees

Commerce and EnergyMember TTh 10:00 AM Room 423 
Health and Human ServicesVice-Chair MWF 10:00 AM Room 412 
State AffairsChair MWF 10:00 AM Room 414 

Prime Sponsor

SB 61increase the tax on alcoholic beverages, to dedicate the revenue from such tax increase, to create the South Dakota Teen Court Commission, and to create the South Dakota Commission on Equal Access to Our Courts. 
SB 128revise certain provisions regarding the modification of credit card agreements. 
SB 129revise the grounds for which continuation or conversion is not required for group health policies. 
SB 130provide for a property tax levy to fund the health insurance benefits of school district employees and to create a school district health insurance fund. 
SB 132clarify provisions regarding the continuation of coverage after an employer ceases business operations. 
SB 182expand the disclosure of inpatient hospital charges and to provide for the development of a system for the disclosure of charges for outpatient procedures. 
HB 1184create a renewable energy property tax incentive program. 
HB 1192appropriate money for international trade representation. 
HB 1194revise certain provisions regarding group life insurance policies. 
HB 1212allow the marketing of group insurance for wireless telecommunications equipment under certain conditions. 
HB 1246provide for a public records dispute resolution procedure. 

Co Sponsor

SB 10include Dakota and Nakota with certain requirements for instruction in the Lakota language. 
SB 77repeal the provision that prohibits radio or televison broadcasting or taking of photographs of judicial proceedings from courtrooms. 
SB 82revise certain provisions concerning the accumulation of funds by counties for capital outlay purposes. 
SB 107authorize county special assessments for certain improvements, maintenance, and repair to roadways in unorganized townships. 
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 126allow municipalities and counties to issue additional on-sale alcoholic beverage licenses. 
SB 143revise certain provisions regarding collection and administration of the 911 emergency surcharge and operation of 911 services. 
SB 147revise certain provisions regarding the enforcement of seat belt laws. 
SB 164clarify the application of certain statutes relative to contraception and birth control. 
SB 172appropriate money to the Department of Public Safety to fund the South Dakota Highway Patrol. 
SB 174revise certain provisions relating to the exercise of eminent domain by railroads. 
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 184establish an incentive grant program for the installation of ethanol blender pumps and to make an appropriation therefor. 
SB 186revise certain provisions regarding public records. 
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 193enhance education in South Dakota. 
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 25Recognizing and commending the Kuchen Festival in Delmont, South Dakota. 
SCR 1Supporting the use of video cameras in state, tribal, and local law enforcement vehicles. 
SCR 2Urging Congress to provide additional funding for tribal historic preservation offices. 
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 10Urging the Congress and the President of the United States to restore funding for the Lewis & Clark Regional Water System. 
SCR 11Commending youth mentoring programs across the state. 
SCR 12Recognizing the United States of America Women's Olympic Softball Team. 
HB 1123establish a state renewable and recycled energy objective and to provide certain reporting requirements. 
HB 1137adopt the Model Registered Agents Act. 
HB 1142authorize additional off-sale retail liquor licenses in certain municipalities. 
HB 1159revise certain provisions regarding franchise protection for certain types of merchandise. 
HB 1161revise certain provisions regarding secondary roads within townships. 
HB 1166revise the distribution of revenues generated by Deadwood gaming. 
HB 1186revise the eligibility requirements for the opportunity scholarship by allowing a student to take the ACT or SAT test after graduating from high school. 
HB 1187require the Department of Revenue and Regulation to maintain an internet site that allows the public to search for certain property assessment and taxation information. 
HB 1196allow the fingerprinting of children for certain criminal offenses. 
HB 1201revise certain provisions regarding the placement or return of abused or neglected children. 
HB 1213provide a uniform standard for processing of accident and health carrier policy rate and form filings. 
HB 1218increase the maximum allowable outstanding amount of bonds issued by the Health and Educational Facility Authority on behalf of the four technical institutes. 
HB 1219revise the General Appropriations Act for fiscal year 2008 regarding appropriations to the Department of Education for the payment of bonds at the technical institutes. 
HB 1220make an appropriation to the postsecondary technical institutes for the maintenance and repair of buildings, and to declare an emergency. 
HB 1221create the postsecondary technical institute auxiliary fund and to provide continuing funding to the postsecondary technical institutes for the costs of maintenance and repair. 
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 1247prohibit certain contract restrictions on the sale of renewable motor fuels by retailers. 
HB 1248establish the South Dakota soil conservation award program and to make an appropriation therefor. 
HB 1251authorize the Board of Regents to acquire land for the Higher Education Center--West River. 
HB 1260revise sex offender registry provisions for persons without a residence address. 
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 1280revise certain provisions regarding public records and public meetings. 
HB 1295establish certain provisions regarding instruments filed with the register of deeds that may contain personally identifiable information. 
HB 1296authorize community renewable energy development projects and to provide for certain tax benefits for such projects. 
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. 
HC 1002Honoring Louie Krogman of White River, South Dakota, for setting the all-time scoring record for South Dakota boys' high school basketball. 
HC 1004Congratulating coach Eric Smith and players Corey Backer, Parker Hanson, Kyle Cooper, Tyler Pridey, Trevor Mathison, and Levi Smith of the Sioux Falls Washington High School Boys' Golf Team for their 2007 State Class AA Championship season. 
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 1015Honoring five top seniors from Washington High School in Sioux Falls, South Dakota, as finalists for the Merit Scholarship Awards. 
HC 1023Honoring the 2007 University of Sioux Falls Football Team and the students and staff involved in the football program. 
HC 1024Honoring Toby Flint of Brookings as a recipient of a 2008 Prudential Spirit of Community Award. 
HC 1025Recognizing and congratulating the 2007 Sioux Falls Roosevelt Rough Riders Football Team for winning the State Class 11AA Football Championship. 
HC 1027Honoring Jeff Berndt for being selected as the South Dakota Advanced Placement Teacher of the Year. 
HC 1028Honoring Emma Wang for earning a Siemens Foundation Award for excelling in math and science. 
HC 1029Honoring Daniel Parrott for earning a Siemens Foundation Award for excelling in math and science. 
HC 1030Honoring eleven top seniors from Lincoln High School in Sioux Falls as finalists for the Merit Scholarship Awards. 
HC 1035Honoring Sarah Thvedt as a distinguished finalist for the Prudential Spirit of Community Award. 
HCR 1004Encouraging the use of sunscreen and discouraging young persons from using tanning devices. 
HCR 1005To declare March 29, 2008, as Vietnam Veterans Day, in South Dakota. 
HCR 1009Supporting full funding, at the federal level, for immigration and custom enforcement officers for the detention of persons who have been determined to be in South Dakota illegally and have been reported to them by local law enforcement officers. 
HCR 1010Supporting the "25 by 25" Initiative and promoting the increased production of renewable energy by the agricultural community. 
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. 

Hearings

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