Senator Ernie Otten — 2020


Picture of Senator Ernie Otten

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

Home Address:
46787 273rd St.
Tea, SD 57064

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

Email: Ernie.Otten@sdlegislature.gov

Session Committees

Agriculture and Natural ResourcesMember TTh 10:00 AM Room 412 
TaxationMember MWF 10:00 AM Room 423 
TransportationChair MWF 7:45 AM Room 423 

Prime Sponsor

SB 52create a state seal specialty plate emblem. 
SB 53provide for a discount to senior citizens for state parks and recreation areas. 
SB 69revise the penalty for the misuse of emblem specialty plates on motor vehicles. 
SB 149revise provisions regarding emblem specialty plates. 
SC 806Honoring and commending Janice Gilbert on being named Tea Area School District Teacher of the Year. 
SC 807Honoring and commending Cody Lutes, elementary school teacher, on being named Lennox School District Teacher of the Year. 
SC 808Commending and honoring the 2019 Tea Area High School Titans Boys Basketball Team. 
SC 810Commending Ruth Anderson's service to the Trinity Lutheran Church in Tea. 
SC 811Commending and honoring the Lennox School FFA chapter. 
SC 812Honoring and commending the Lennox Orioles High School Girls and Boys Cross Country Teams. 
HB 1067modify certain provisions regarding notice, service, and execution of judgments. 
HB 1070modify requirements regarding the installation and inspection of certain electrical wiring. 
HB 1071revise provisions regarding surface water quality complaints. 
HB 1092establish immunity from liability for injuries to or the death of a person engaged in off-road vehicle activity under certain circumstances. 
HB 1111revise provisions regarding the qualifications to serve on the Game, Fish and Parks Commission. 
HB 1161revise the provision regarding emblem license plates. 
HB 1250increase the state's percentage of video lottery revenues, to provide for the deposit of certain excess revenues, and to repeal provisions regarding video lottery. 
HB 1255remove the requirement for a mandatory appraisal in exchanges of land between school districts. 

Co Sponsor

SB 75provide for a habitat stamp on hunting and fishing licenses. 
SB 78increase funding for court appointed special advocates. 
SB 80revise certain sheriff's fees and costs. 
SB 84authorize service animals in-training to enter certain establishments. 
SB 94revise provisions for taxes levied by the board of a school district for the capital outlay fund. 
SB 98extend the notification period for possession of a concealed pistol in the state capitol. 
SB 103limit the disclosure of presidential election results and to provide for a suspension of such disclosure. 
SB 116establish requirements certain state entities must follow when applying for federal grants. 
SB 120establish exceptions regarding the possession of a pistol by a minor. 
SB 124to revise provisions regarding group pheasant hunts for disabled veterans. 
SB 125revise provisions regarding the exemption from taxation of certain substances used for agricultural purposes. 
SB 136authorize certain witnesses to be accompanied by a certified therapeutic dog in a criminal proceeding. 
SB 140provide for the resolution of alleged certain disability violations. 
SB 155provide for step therapy protocol regarding certain prescription drugs. 
SB 160authorize the construction and operation of a nursing home facility in Moody County, South Dakota, and to declare an emergency. 
SB 166provide a transfer of funds for the postsecondary scholarship grant fund and to declare an emergency. 
SC 801Celebrating and honoring Tabor's Annual Czech Days festivities on the occasion of its seventy-second Anniversary. 
SC 803Commending the Bare Bodkins Theatre Company for their hard work and dedication to producing professional and accessible Shakespeare productions in Sioux Falls. 
SC 805Honoring the 2019 Canton C-Hawk High School football team as champions of the Class 11A football championship. 
SC 809To honor and commend the late Senator Gene Abdallah for his dedicated service to his community and state. 
HB 1066revise and repeal provisions regarding aviation. 
HB 1068include out-of-state convictions for the basis of an enhanced penalty for the crime of stalking. 
HB 1075repeal certain outdated provisions regarding annexation near airports. 
HB 1077establish certain requirements regarding funeral processions. 
HB 1082revise the conditions under which a licensed vehicle dealer may display or sell certain vehicles. 
HB 1083rename the postsecondary technical institutes as technical colleges. 
HB 1091revise provisions regarding the compensation of merchandise dealers for diagnostic and warranty work. 
HB 1095revise requirements regarding hunting mentors. 
HB 1098authorize certain off-sale licenses for certain entities and to declare an emergency. 
HB 1101provide for the reinstatement of a driver license under certain conditions. 
HB 1102make an appropriation to reimburse the aeronautics fund. 
HB 1107define style and form and authorize the code commission to make certain style and form edits to legislative acts. 
HB 1109revise the Uniform Limited Liability Company Act. 
HB 1115revise certain provisions related to athlete agent conduct. 
HB 1119include certain offenses committed in another state for purposes of an enhanced penalty. 
HB 1136provide for the licensure and regulation of practitioners of acupuncture and Oriental medicine and to establish the Acupuncture Licensing Board and acupuncture regulation fund. 
HB 1159revise provisions regarding the referral of opt outs made by school districts. 
HB 1160to remove the tax exemption for cosmetic medical procedures. 
HB 1169prohibit the use of certain electronic devices while driving. 
HB 1171require commercial pesticide applicators to maintain proof of financial responsibility. 
HB 1177require that school district elections occur in conjunction with the general election. 
HB 1181revise certain provisions regarding bounties for coyotes. 
HB 1184provide limited deer and antelope licenses to landowners. 
HB 1197require testing of moisture meters and protein-measuring devices. 
HB 1231authorize premium cigars to be shipped and transported and modify tax provisions pertaining to premium cigars. 
HB 1242provide for the reissuance of certain enhanced permits to carry a concealed pistol and to declare an emergency. 
HB 1249revise certain provisions regarding the operation of the South Dakota Lottery. 
HB 1279require property owners to receive notification of property tax reduction programs. 
HC 8002Commending and honoring the 2018-2019 Outstanding School Administrators of South Dakota: JOEL JORGENSON, Madison Central, School Superintendent; DON LYON, Spearfish, Middle School Principal; PAUL LUNDBERG, Brandon Valley, School Business Official; MATT ALLEY, West Central, Elementary School Principal; JOE CHILDS, Mitchell, Secondary School Principal; DAVE PREHEIM, Tea, Assistant High School Principal; MICHAEL AMOLINS, Harrisburg, Curriculum Leader; WENDY OTHEIM, Brookings, Director of Special Education, for being named outstanding administrators by their respective administrator parent groups. 
HC 8007Commending the South Dakota Army National Guard's Ellwein family of Rapid City for being awarded the Association of the United States Army Volunteer Family of the Year Award for 2019. 
HC 8008Recognizing and honoring the Veterans Honor Park in Madison, South Dakota. 
HC 8011Commending and honoring Renee Ullom, a member of the Brandon Valley School District Board of Education, on her selection as the Associated School Boards of South Dakota Outstanding School Board Member of South Dakota for 2019. 
HC 8015Honoring Girls State Governor Success Suehne of Sioux Falls and Boys State Governor Johnathan Smith of Sioux Falls and commending the South Dakota American Legion and Auxiliary for their sponsorship and coordination of the Girls State and Boys State programs. 
HC 8016Commending the South Dakota Air National Guard's 114th Fighter Wing of Sioux Falls for being awarded the Meritorious Unit Award and Winston P. Wilson Trophy for 2019. 
HC 8017Commending the South Dakota Army National Guard's 139th Brigade Support Battalion of Brookings for being awarded the Major General Milton A. Reckard Trophy and General Walter T. Kerwin Jr. Award for 2019. 
HC 8018Commending the South Dakota Army National Guard's 153rd Forward Support Company of Huron on being awarded the National Guard Association of the United States' General John J. Pershing Trophy. 
HC 8019Commending the South Dakota Army National Guard's 730th Area Support Medical Company of Vermillion on being awarded the National Guard Association of the United States' Certificate of Victory. 
HCR 6003Supporting the Electoral College. 
HCR 6004To create a task force for the purpose of reviewing the manner in which mental health services are delivered in this state and considering changes to existing models or alternative models that could be utilized for the delivery of mental health services on a regional basis in this state. 
HCR 6005Commending the nation of Israel for its cordial and mutually beneficial relationship with the United States and with the State of South Dakota. 
HCR 6009Strengthening the sister-state ties between the State of South Dakota and Taiwan; supporting the signing of a Bilateral Trade Agreement (BTA) between Taiwan and the United States; and reaffirming support for increasing Taiwan’s international participation. 
HCR 6013Urging all South Dakotans to participate in the 2020 United States Census. 
HJR 5001To apply for a convention of states under Article V of the Constitution of the United States to impose fiscal restraints on the federal government, to limit the power and jurisdiction of the federal government, and to limit the terms of office for federal officials and members of Congress. 

Hearings

03/02 02:00 PM SenateHB 1070modify requirements regarding the installation and inspection of certain electrical wiring. 
03/03 07:45 AM Senate EducationHB 1255remove the requirement for a mandatory appraisal in exchanges of land between school districts. 
03/02 02:00 PM House of RepresentativesSC 806Honoring and commending Janice Gilbert on being named Tea Area School District Teacher of the Year. 
03/02 02:00 PM House of RepresentativesSC 807Honoring and commending Cody Lutes, elementary school teacher, on being named Lennox School District Teacher of the Year. 
03/02 02:00 PM House of RepresentativesSC 808Commending and honoring the 2019 Tea Area High School Titans Boys Basketball Team. 

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