Senator Ryan M. Maher — 2020


Picture of Senator Ryan M. Maher

Party: Democrat
Term: Incumbent
District: 28
Counties: Butte, Corson, Dewey, Harding, Perkins, Ziebach
Occupation: Insurance Agent/Restaurant Owner

Home Address:
PO Box 237
Isabel, SD 57633


Capitol: 605-773-3821
Business: 605-865-3577

Email: Ryan.Maher@sdlegislature.gov

Session Committees

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

Prime Sponsor

SB 104increase state matching funds for animal damage control. 
SB 105require the State Brand Board to provide certain reports and information and to provide for Senate confirmation for Brand Board members. 
SB 119revise the authority of the state, counties, and townships to transfer highway right-of-ways under certain conditions. 
SB 166restrict the deactivation or relocation of certain National Guard units. 
SB 167provide for the creation of the National Guard Commission. 
SC 4Honoring Greg Smeenk of Newell, South Dakota, for being named Top Selling Agent among realtors in the Northern Black Hills. 
HB 1170provide for legislative representation on the Game, Fish and Parks Commission. 
HB 1206allow a school district to transfer funds from the capital outlay fund to the bond redemption fund for a period of one year following a reorganization. 
HB 1208establish certain presumptions concerning the results of blood, breath, and urine tests administered in connection with driving under the influence arrests. 
HB 1242rescind the repeal on funding for sparse school districts that will take effect on June 30, 2009, and to decrease the value of the small school adjustment in the state aid to education formula. 
HB 1263revise certain provisions concerning compensation for service rights of electric utilities in areas annexed by municipalities. 
HB 1288prohibit certain public officials from having an unlawful interest in a public contract and to provide certain penalties therefor. 
HB 1298require the Board of Regents to prepare a plan to close one of the postsecondary educational institutions under its control. 
HC 1009Honoring Kiko Mendoza of Eagle Butte for his many accomplishments both in athletics and academics. 
HCR 1020Opposing federal control of state water rights through unnecessary expansion of the federal Clean Water Act. 

Co Sponsor

SB 1clarify, repeal, update, and make form and style revisions to certain statutes related to the Department of Game, Fish and Parks. 
SB 2revise the available number and method of allocation of certain nonresident waterfowl hunting licenses. 
SB 70repeal the provision requiring a forty-eight hour waiting period to purchase a pistol. 
SB 74direct the Office of the Attorney General to study the creation of a state medical examiner system. 
SB 75allow dogs to be used in the hunting of mountain lions. 
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 82provide for the right to possess a firearm on the campuses of public institutions of higher education. 
SB 86revise certain provisions concerning the application of the inventory tax on certain fuels in storage immediately prior to a tax increase. 
SB 88rescind the repeal on funding for sparse school districts that will take effect on June 30, 2009. 
SB 90increase the number of varieties of malt beverages, wine, distilled spirits, liqueur, and cordials that an off-sale alcoholic beverage licensee may offer for sampling in one day. 
SB 91allow any school district, for a period of three years, to expend capital outlay funds for certain transportation costs, for the purchase of property and casualty insurance, and for energy costs, and the cost of utilities. 
SB 93provide for the establishment of rural community-based energy development projects. 
SB 94exempt certain small wind energy facilities from property taxation. 
SB 95authorize certain schools to own and operate wind energy conversion systems, to establish a grant program for such purposes, and to make an appropriation therefor. 
SB 96revise certain provisions concerning the indemnification of employees, officers, and agents of rural electric cooperatives. 
SB 100revise the method of sale of certain tobacco products. 
SB 106revise certain provisions regarding the distribution of funds to sparse school districts, and to appropriate funds to distribute to sparse school districts. 
SB 112require that certain student meal plans be offered at public colleges and universities. 
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 117revise certain budgetary provisions relating to certain funds received from the federal government. 
SB 132allow resident students that attend school out of state to be counted in the resident school district's average daily membership for the purpose of distributing school and public lands funds. 
SB 137require the sale of aircraft under the control of the Department of Transportation and to declare an emergency. 
SB 141establish certain requirements regarding the siting of certain wind turbine towers. 
SB 145prohibit the transfer and subsequent expenditure of certain moneys appropriated to state aid to general and special education without specific legislative authorization. 
SB 150establish a presumption regarding occupational disease disabilities of certain firefighters. 
SB 163revise certain provisions relating to the transfer of appropriations. 
SB 170authorize certain schools to own and operate wind energy conversion systems, to establish a grant program for such purposes, and to make an appropriation therefor. 
SB 177adopt the South Dakota Indian Child Welfare Act. 
SB 180revise certain provisions concerning statements submitted by organizations making contributions to ballot questions committees. 
SB 184require the terms of certain easements or options to accommodate other easements for wind or essential services. 
SB 185revise the graduation requirements for students entering ninth grade in 2010 and thereafter by eliminating the option of the basic high school program. 
SB 188provide for the appointment of members of the State Brand Board by district. 
SC 1Honoring and supporting Czech Days in Tabor, South Dakota, on the occasion of its sixty-first anniversary. 
SC 2Honoring the memory and the life of Fred Koupal. 
SC 8Honoring Earv Archambeau, son of Rita and the late Merv Archambeau of Avon, South Dakota, for his outstanding accomplishments as a high school athlete. 
SC 11Honoring Sioux Falls Washington, Armour, Bonesteel-Fairfax, Bridgewater, DeSmet, Edgemont, Emery, Harding County, Harrisburg, Hot Springs, Lake Preston, Lyman, McIntosh, Waubay, and White Lake High Schools for their recognition by News & World Report's rankings of the nation's top high schools. 
SC 12Honoring Chairman Michael Jandreau of the Lower Brule Sioux Tribe for his dedication and lifelong service to his tribe, state, and nation. 
SC 13Honoring Malcom Chapman of Rapid City as the 2008 winner of the South Dakota Municipal League Excellence in Municipal Government Award. 
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 22Commending Steve Morgan for his election as South Dakota Sportscaster of the Year for 2008. 
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 28Honoring the life and times of Chester Sorensen of Freeman, South Dakota. 
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 2Urging the reinstatement and funding of a federal inspection program governing horse slaughter and euthanasia facilities. 
SCR 4Supporting transportation of horses to foreign processing facilities. 
SCR 6Supporting certain health screening programs sponsored by the South Dakota Lions Foundation. 
SCR 7Requesting the State of Nebraska to provide tax relief and amnesty for certain South Dakota trucking companies. 
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 9Opposing certain practices by corporations in the genetically modified and genetically engineered seed industry. 
SCR 10 Supporting legislative efforts in other states addressing the need to provide for equine slaughter and processing in the United States. 
SJR 2Proposing and submitting to the electors at the next general election an amendment to Article VI of the Constitution of the State of South Dakota, relating to the utilization of English as the official language. 
HB 1001revise certain provisions related to free access to state parks and recreation areas to include certain persons with disabilities. 
HB 1002provide for the transfer of certain moneys from the Department of Game, Fish and Parks to the county road and bridge funds. 
HB 1003clarify the application of common law trespass and to provide for the recovery of damages against trespassers. 
HB 1004provide for the killing of mountain lions under certain circumstances. 
HB 1005require that certain land acquisitions by the Department of Game, Fish and Parks be conditioned upon subsequent legislative approval. 
HB 1090prohibit the possession of Salvia divinorum or salvinorin A and to declare an emergency. 
HB 1093revise the boundaries of the James River Water Development District. 
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 1096provide for a temporary reduction of legislator salaries and to declare an emergency. 
HB 1099revise certain provisions regarding insurance coverage for residential property that is destroyed while under construction. 
HB 1100revise where business records of insurance producers may be maintained. 
HB 1101allow affidavits for change of judge in habeas corpus actions. 
HB 1102prohibit certain contractual provisions that restrict legal actions to locations outside the state. 
HB 1105require public high school students to perform acts of volunteerism in order to receive a high school diploma. 
HB 1106deposit money in the permanent school fund based on acres of school and public lands open to public hunting. 
HB 1107revise the composition of the State Brand Board, to provide for its election by district, and to revise certain powers of the board. 
HB 1112establish certain restrictions and requirements related to encumbrances on wind easements. 
HB 1113require the filing of the complete contents of wind easement agreements with the register of deeds. 
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 1120provide for the transfer of predatory animal control, rodent control, and reptile control from the Department of Game, Fish and Parks to the Department of Agriculture. 
HB 1121establish certain procedural requirements related to the relocation of electrical lines, communication lines, and pipelines. 
HB 1126revise certain provisions regarding a private applicator of pesticides becoming a qualified driver for the purpose of motor carrier safety. 
HB 1130make an appropriation to the Department of Tourism and State Development to provide for the promotion in Mexico of tourist opportunities in South Dakota and of the products made in South Dakota. 
HB 1141repeal certain provisions permitting the payment for lands acquired by eminent domain including the cost and expenses of condemnation proceedings from the Department of Game, Fish, and Parks fund. 
HB 1144revise certain provisions relating to the joint and several liability of a husband and wife for necessities. 
HB 1151allow citizens without free access to a local library to borrow books directly from any library in the state. 
HB 1155require that the testing of blood samples of suspects of sexual assault be initiated within a specified time. 
HB 1156provide for the establishment of a task force to study human trafficking. 
HB 1157provide for the establishment of a task force to study issues relating to domestic abuse and sexual assault and to declare an emergency. 
HB 1160revise certain provisions requiring the construction of fences by railroads. 
HB 1165revise certain provisions relating to the exercise of eminent domain by railroads. 
HB 1171exempt any school district from the minimum size requirement if it operates the only remaining public high school located within the boundaries of any county. 
HB 1172suspend for two years the requirement that certain school districts with low enrollment reorganize. 
HB 1173appropriate money for the Northern Crops Institute. 
HB 1177revise the definition of transmission facilities. 
HB 1178require the Department of Education to administer a pilot program for the purpose of increasing graduation rates among at-risk minority students, and to make an appropriation therefor. 
HB 1179provide for the practice and regulation of licensed midwives. 
HB 1180create a dual credit grant program for public high school students and to make an appropriation therefor. 
HB 1184clarify provisions dealing with the initiative process. 
HB 1185revise the General Appropriations Act for fiscal year 2009. 
HB 1186reimburse and reward public school counselors who earn the credential of National Certified School Counselor. 
HB 1197allow single-family dwellings that are under construction or listed for sale by contractors to be classified as owner-occupied single-family dwellings for the purpose of taxation. 
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 1222allow a winter load increase of certain motor vehicle weight restrictions. 
HB 1224place certain restrictions on state participation in a national animal identification system. 
HB 1230provide for the assessment of actual representation expenses from nonunion employees. 
HB 1234revise the filing deadlines for the nomination of certain independent candidates. 
HB 1239create the South Dakota Boxing Commission and to provide for the supervision of boxing, kickboxing, and mixed martial arts competitions and sparring exhibitions in the state. 
HB 1241clarify that certain special education placements are not suspensions or expulsions. 
HB 1245provide certain protections to governmental employees who report certain violations or suspected violations of law. 
HB 1248authorize the South Dakota Building Authority to provide for the construction of a college of veterinary medicine and to make an appropriation therefor. 
HB 1255revise certain provisions concerning the telecommunications gross receipts tax. 
HB 1257provide for the right to possess a firearm on the campuses of public institutions of higher education. 
HB 1264provide for the utilization of conditional early release bonds in regard to certain furloughs and paroles. 
HB 1266impose a tax on the gross receipts of advertising services, to create the education advertising gross receipts tax fund, and to deposit the advertising gross receipts tax revenue in the education advertising gross receipts tax fund. 
HB 1269provide for the governance of public postsecondary technical education and to provide for the transfer of authority for public postsecondary technical education from local school districts to the Department of Education. 
HB 1270change the purpose of the veterans affairs special revenue fund. 
HB 1272add a portion of roadway in Mellette County to the state trunk highway system as a part of Highway 63. 
HB 1273revise the conditions where the state may enter into tax collection agreements with Indian tribes. 
HB 1278revise certain provisions prohibiting political subdivisions from restricting firearms. 
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. 
HB 1287permit evidence of the defendant's commission of other acts of child molestation to be admissible in certain child molestation cases. 
HB 1295authorize the establishment of charter schools. 
HB 1296authorize the use of tribal identification cards as the equivalent of certain state-issued documents for identification purposes. 
HC 1001Honoring Coach Don Meyer for becoming the most winning coach in men's college basketball. 
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 1027Honoring Terry Woster for his contributions to South Dakota journalism and culture and for forty years of reporting on the South Dakota State Legislature. 
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 1012Supporting the exploration and development of energy resources. 
HCR 1013Reasserting sovereignty under the Tenth Amendment to the Constitution of the United States over certain powers and serving notice to the federal government to cease and desist certain mandates. 
HCR 1014Urging awareness and support for reading programs in our homes and communities. 
HCR 1015Stating South Dakota's policy on animal identification programs. 
HCR 1016Urging the United States Fish and Wildlife Service and the Western Area Power Administration to avoid overly restrictive wildlife criteria and overly burdensome procedural requirements that create unnecessary delays in the siting of wind energy development projects. 
HCR 1017Urging a finding by the United States Fish and Wildlife Service that the black-tailed prairie dog is not likely to become an endangered species. 
HCR 1018Urging increased cooperation and collaboration between state, local, and tribal governments. 

Hearings

02/20 02:00 PM House of RepresentativesHB 1170provide for legislative representation on the Game, Fish and Parks Commission. 
02/19 02:00 PM House of RepresentativesHB 1208establish certain presumptions concerning the results of blood, breath, and urine tests administered in connection with driving under the influence arrests. 
02/19 02:00 PM House of RepresentativesHB 1208establish certain presumptions concerning the results of blood, breath, and urine tests administered in connection with driving under the influence arrests. 
02/19 02:00 PM House of RepresentativesHB 1208establish certain presumptions concerning the results of blood, breath, and urine tests administered in connection with driving under the influence arrests. 
02/19 02:00 PM SenateSB 167provide for the creation of the National Guard Commission. 
02/19 02:00 PM SenateSB 167provide for the creation of the National Guard Commission. 
02/20 02:00 PM SenateSB 167provide for the creation of the National Guard Commission. 

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