Senator Craig Kennedy — 2019


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Assistant Minority Leader

Party: Democrat
Term: Incumbent
District: 18
Counties: Yankton
Occupation: Lawyer (Retired)

Home Address:
101 W. 31st St.
Yankton, SD 57078

Home: 605-661-0128
Capitol: 605-773-3821
Business: 605-661-0128

Email: Craig.Kennedy@sdlegislature.gov

Session Committees

Commerce and EnergyMember TTh 10:00 AM Room 423 
JudiciaryMember TTh 7:45 AM Room 413 
State AffairsMember MWF 10:00 AM Room 414 

Interim Committees

Rules ReviewMember 

Prime Sponsor

SB 186prohibit the cancellation or nonrenewal of a health insurance policy for a preexisting condition. 
SCR 7Directing the Executive Board to create a fifteen-member task force to study and make legislative proposals regarding alternatives to imprisonment for those convicted of the crime of ingestion of controlled substances. 
HB 1070revise the procedure for judgment by confession. 
HB 1163establish the Tax Revenue Study Task Force to study tax revenue in this state. 
HB 1272provide for electronic and remote notarization. 

Co Sponsor

SB 4revise certain provisions regarding the classification of agricultural land for property tax purposes. 
SB 8provide for a statewide resource information system and to make an appropriation therefor. 
SB 58authorize the Bureau of Administration to conduct a study of the Flaming Fountain on Capitol Lake, to make an appropriation therefor, and to declare an emergency. 
SB 64require certain wind energy facilities to include aircraft detection lighting systems. 
SB 71prohibit capital punishment of any person with severe mental illness. 
SB 80make an appropriation to the Equal Access to Our Courts Commission. 
SB 84authorize the possession and administration of opioid antagonists by school district and nonpublic school personnel. 
SB 90revise provisions regarding certain financial interest statements filed by persons elected to state or local office. 
SB 99establish certain provisions regarding commercial security deposits. 
SB 113provide that certain information contained within applications for money lending licenses are public records. 
SB 114attribute campaign contributions by certain minors to their parents. 
SB 116provide for the transfer of funds from the future fund to the education enhancement trust fund for the purpose of funding needs-based grants. 
SB 117authorize Spanish to be used in the process of issuing certain driver licenses and permits. 
SB 125revise the General Appropriations Act for fiscal year 2019 to fund the literacy intervention program. 
SB 126revise certain provisions regarding the common language of the state and to recognize the official indigenous language of the state. 
SB 136provide for the utilization of telehealth by a health care professional. 
SB 137provide for the payment of claims for covered services provided by a health care professional via telehealth. 
SB 138revise certain provisions regarding microbreweries. 
SB 139prohibit the publication of false information in certain political advertisements. 
SB 140provide for the increase of higher education enrolled members of the nine federally recognized tribes in South Dakota at regental institutions. 
SB 147provide certain provisions regarding commercial pesticide applicators. 
SB 148provide for state employee protection from retaliation for certain communications. 
SB 150revise the penalty for possession of substances containing cannabis intended for consumption other than by smoking or inhalation. 
SB 160provide for calculations of sales tax revenues from sellers located outside of the state. 
SB 163revise certain provisions regarding jury lists. 
SB 183revise certain provisions regarding buffer strips. 
SB 184revise certain provisions regarding certification of utility permits. 
SC 11Commending and honoring Carla McMurry-Kozak, a high school English teacher at Vermillion High School, on being named English Teacher of the Year by the South Dakota Council of Teachers of English and Speech Communication Association. 
SC 12Commending and honoring Shane O'Connell for his success and achievement in national and international rodeo competitions. 
SC 13Commending and honoring the University of South Dakota Women's Cross Country Team for their outstanding athletic performance in winning their fifth consecutive Summit League Championship. 
SC 14Commending and honoring the University of South Dakota Women's Basketball Team for their outstanding athletic performance in winning their third regular season Summit League Championship in four years. 
SC 16Honoring the life of John Knebel. 
SCR 2To provide for legislative task forces to study, report, and develop and consider recommendations and proposed legislation regarding sustainable improvements to the continuum of mental health services available in the state. 
SCR 8Requesting Congress to lawfully change the Medicaid eligibility requirements to give states the option to provide Medicaid services to persons in jail pending disposition. 
SJR 5Proposing and submitting to the electors at the next general election an amendment to the Constitution of the State of South Dakota, relating to the authorization of certain games of chance in the City of Yankton. 
SR 1Urging the President and United States Congress to act quickly to end the ongoing federal government shutdown. 
HB 1049revise certain provisions regarding driving after consuming certain drugs or substances. 
HB 1057revise the definition of attest for the purposes of public accountancy. 
HB 1059revise certain provisions regarding vehicle dealer licensing. 
HB 1060make an appropriation for increased reimbursement for care of residents of nursing facilities and assisted living facilities. 
HB 1074provide a privilege for journalists and newscasters regarding refusal to disclose information. 
HB 1077revise provisions regarding designation of a no maintenance highway. 
HB 1080increase the property tax exemption allowed for certain veterans with a disability and the surviving spouses of certain veterans with a disability. 
HB 1081authorize certain paraplegic or amputee veterans or their surviving spouses to retain a property tax exemption without having to reapply each year. 
HB 1088prohibit the use of certain electronic devices while driving. 
HB 1092revise certain provisions regarding campaign finance disclosure reports. 
HB 1122revise references to persons who are deaf or hard of hearing. 
HB 1124require health care facilities that perform mammography to inform mammography patients on breast density. 
HB 1157revise provisions regarding challenges to candidate nominating petitions. 
HB 1175establish the Early Learning Advisory Council. 
HB 1191legalize the growth, production, and processing of industrial hemp and derivative products in the state. 
HB 1230add clergy to the list of mandatory reporters for suspected child abuse or neglect. 
HB 1237establish the duty to collect data and share information on missing and murdered indigenous persons. 
HB 1238revise provisions regarding training on missing and murdered indigenous persons. 
HB 1241establish certain provisions regarding training for human trafficking prevention. 
HB 1243revise provisions regarding hate crimes. 
HC 1002Honoring the life of Beverly Smith. 
HC 1004Honoring and commending Myron Floren, for his service to the state of South Dakota through his exemplary work as an accordionist. 
HC 1006Celebrating and honoring Tabor's Annual Czech Days festivities on the occasion of its seventy-first anniversary on June 13, 14, and 15, 2019. 
HC 1007Honoring Calico Ducheneaux of Mobridge, South Dakota Girls State Governor and Seamus Duffy 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. 

Hearings

02/19 08:00 AM Senate JudiciaryHB 1070revise the procedure for judgment by confession. 
02/19 10:00 AM Senate Commerce and EnergySB 186prohibit the cancellation or nonrenewal of a health insurance policy for a preexisting condition. 

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