Senator Thomas A. Dempster — 2010


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Assistant Majority Leader

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


Session Committees

Health and Human ServicesMember MWF 10:00 AM Room 412 
Legislative ProcedureMember Call of Chair 10:00 AM Room 413 
State AffairsChair MWF 10:00 AM Room 414 

Interim Committees

Legislative ProcedureMember 

Prime Sponsor

SB 81exempt open-loop prepaid cards from unclaimed property provisions. 
SB 106authorize the Board of Regents and the Building Authority to contract for construction of classroom facilities at the University Center in Sioux Falls to replace facilities leased from the Sioux Falls School District, and to make an appropriation therefor. 
SB 189revise certain provisions regarding nonmedical remedial health services for children. 
SB 190revise certain provisions regarding the opt-out rights of credit card customers. 
SB 191establish the South Dakota Early Learning Council, and to establish community planning processes and eligibility criteria for entities seeking state funding to provide voluntary prekindergarten programs to children from low-income families. 
HB 1097prohibit local exchange carriers from assessing certain access stimulation charges and to establish certain penalties. 
HB 1100revise certain provisions related to airport revenue bonds. 
HB 1131revise certain provisions concerning intoxicated or incapacitated persons who may be taken into protective custody. 
HB 1132provide for the referral and placement of certain individuals in need of intervention. 
HB 1201provide that certain tax laws applicable on December 31, 2009, apply to certain wills and trusts that refer to federal estate and generation-skipping transfer tax laws, and to declare an emergency. 
HB 1256revise certain provisions regarding the enforcement of the requirement to wear a seat belt in a motor vehicle. 

Co Sponsor

SB 76revise the composition of the State Veterans' Commission. 
SB 80clarify certain conditions of service by elected municipal officials. 
SB 91require legislative approval of certain gaming compacts with Indian tribes. 
SB 104revise certain provisions regarding disclosure of public information and public meetings. 
SB 108prohibit dental insurers from setting fees for noncovered services. 
SB 110provide for the posting of a bond by parolees under certain circumstances. 
SB 124establish the per student allocation for FY 2011, and to revise the index factor in the state aid to education formula. 
SB 140reorganize the Department of Tourism and State Development. 
SB 157authorize the construction of nursing facilities on American Indian reservations under certain circumstances. 
SB 169limit the subrogation of certain insurers unless and until the insured is made whole. 
SB 175provide for the title registration, licensing, and operation and use of off-highway vehicles, to establish a dedicated off-highway trails trust fund, to provide for administration of the fund, and to make an appropriation of the fund. 
SB 186change the unemployment insurance wage base and contribution rates and to declare an emergency. 
SB 195revise the refunds for new or expanded agricultural facilities and new or expanded business facilities and to sunset the refunds for new or expanded agricultural facilities and new or expanded business facilities. 
SC 1Honoring and supporting the Scotland Kuchen Feier on the occasion of its first annual event. 
SC 2Honoring and supporting Czech Days in Tabor, South Dakota, on the occasion of its sixty-second anniversary. 
SC 4Commending and honoring the 2009 Habitat for Humanity—South Dakota Habitat Supporters of the Year: Len Tougas, Beadle County HFH - Huron; Terry Fuller, Black Hills - Rapid City; Larry and Janet Gerjets, Brookings Area HFH - Brookings; Wells Fargo Bank, N.A., Chamberlain; Dacotah Tipis - Ft. Thompson; Shawn Miller, HFH East Central South Dakota (Lake and Moody Counties); Eric Lundin, HFH of Greater Sioux Falls - Sioux Falls; Zion Lutheran Church, Hub Area Habitat for Humanity - Aberdeen; Jon Schmitz, Mitchell Regional Habitat for Humanity - Mitchell; Linda Voller, Oahe HFH - Pierre; Emmanuel Episcopal Church/Diocese of Missouri and Christ Lutheran Church, Sicangu Tikaga Okiciyapi HFH - Mission; Andor Inc., HFH of Greater Watertown Region - Watertown; Julie Gergen, HFH of Yankton County - Yankton; Citibank and Valerie Kuhl, HFH - South Dakota. 
SC 5Commending and honoring the 2008-2009 Outstanding School Administrators of South Dakota: Don Kirkegaard, Britton-Hecla, School Superintendent; Sherry Hansen, Tripp-Delmont, School Business Official; Dr. Jackie McNamara, Sioux Falls, Elementary School Principal; Jerry Rasmussen, Dakota Valley, Secondary School Principal; Dr. Debra Johnson, Chamberlain, Middle School Principal; Don Lyon, Meade, Assistant Secondary Principal; Darci Love, Huron, Curriculum Director; and John Fathke, South Central Ed Coop, Director of Special Education for being named outstanding administrators by their respective administrator parent groups. 
SC 8Commending and honoring the South Dakota Association of Community Based Services, as the recipient of the national "Moving Mountains Best Practice Award" for 2008-2009 from the University of Minnesota's Research and Training Center on Community Living and the National Alliance for Direct Support Professionals. 
SC 10Honoring Tate Bruckner of Menno, South Dakota, for his outstanding performance as a high school athlete and his dedication to his community. 
SC 11Honoring David Maxwell of Parkston, South Dakota, for his determination and outstanding performance as a high school athlete and his dedication to his community. 
SC 12Honoring Murphy Dods of Sioux Falls, South Dakota Girls State Governor and Daniel Miller of Watertown, South Dakota Boys State Governor; and commending the South Dakota American Legion and Auxiliary for their sponsorship of the Girls State and Boys State programs. 
SC 20Recognizing Don Meyer for his distinguished service to the State of South Dakota. 
SC 23Congratulating and commending Bryan Hagg, Tony Martinet, and the entire Sioux Falls Lincoln High School Forensic Team for their commitment, dedication, and success at the state and national levels from the 2008 through 2010 forensic seasons. 
SC 24Commending and honoring the 2009-2010 Madison High School Lady Bulldogs Gymnastics Team for its sixteenth consecutive state championship title in Class A Gymnastics and for setting the national record for consecutive gymnastics state championships. 
SC 26Congratulating and commending the Augustana College Women's Basketball Team for its successful 2009-2010 season. 
SC 30Commending and honoring former Lieutenant Governor William Dougherty for his many years of service to South Dakota. 
SCR 1Opposing the government takeover of health care as currently proposed by Congress and encouraging preservation of states' rights regarding health care regulation. 
SCR 3Commemorating the 100th anniversary of the South Dakota State Capitol. 
SJR 3Proposing 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 right of individuals to vote by secret ballot. 
SJR 5Proposing and submitting to the electors at the next general election an amendment to Article III of the Constitution of the State of South Dakota, relating to the authority of a special interim legislative committee to approve the transfer of appropriated funds. 
SJR 7Proposing and submitting to the electors at the next general election an amendment to Article VIII of the Constitution of the State of South Dakota relating to school districts expending public funds to support certain lawsuits against the State of South Dakota. 
HB 1102repeal certain provisions establishing the Wall Lake State Game Bird Refuge in Hand County. 
HB 1106limit the fee that may be charged for inmate labor used in response to emergency and disaster situations. 
HB 1108revise the definition of general fund base percentage in the calculation of state aid to education. 
HB 1119prohibit certain acts of sexual penetration and contact between certain school employees and students and to provide penalties therefor. 
HB 1126require property owners of a homestead who are delinquent in paying their property taxes to notify the county treasurer when they meet certain age requirements. 
HB 1130include the families of certain members of the armed forces who died in military service as eligible for gold star special license plates. 
HB 1133prohibit minors from using certain wireless communication devices while operating motor vehicles upon the public highways and to provide certain exceptions. 
HB 1143authorize the posting of certain information on the internet by school districts in addition to or in lieu of certain publication requirements. 
HB 1150revise the calculation of the small school adjustment in the state aid to education formula for certain students who participate in open enrollment. 
HB 1160allow certain students to participate in the opportunity scholarship program under certain circumstances. 
HB 1170authorize the issuance of certain lifetime hunting and fishing licenses. 
HB 1174authorize an increase in the compensation for members of the board of directors of water user districts. 
HB 1176authorize certain licensed hunters who are quadriplegic to hunt using a designated hunter. 
HB 1181eliminate the consolidation incentives for any school districts that consolidate after July 1, 2010. 
HB 1187prohibit the killing, injury, or interference with a law enforcement support animal and to establish certain penalties. 
HB 1189prohibit discrimination based on domestic violence in life and health insurance policies. 
HB 1192establish an ethanol blender pump incentive grant program, to make an appropriation therefor, and to declare an emergency. 
HB 1193allow certain local governments to participate in the state health insurance plan. 
HB 1194revise certain provisions concerning wind easements and to specify certain information to be included in the recorded documents. 
HB 1198allow municipalities to impose an additional penny sales and use tax for a limited period of time for a specified use. 
HB 1200provide for a temporary decrease in legislative salaries. 
HB 1213allow artisan distillers and farm wineries to sell certain distilled spirits to wholesalers and retailers. 
HB 1214allow for the acquisition of the fee ownership of highway right-of way land for certain local governments. 
HB 1222exempt persons selling certain foods at farmers' markets from licensure requirements and to establish other requirements for the sale of those foods. 
HB 1231provide for the monitoring of the prescribing and dispensing of controlled substances. 
HB 1257remove certain provisions relating to countersignatures for insurance producers. 
HB 1261provide for the adjustment of appropriated moneys to projected available revenues. 
HB 1277provide for a process of obtaining certain information from online content providers in slander and libel actions. 
HB 1278provide for a process of obtaining certain information from online content providers in slander and libel actions. 
HC 1003Honoring and congratulating the 2009 State AA Boys Basketball Championship Team from Sioux Falls Lincoln High School. 
HC 1006Congratulating and honoring Sarah Cork of Jefferson, South Dakota, for receiving a 2010 Prudential Spirit of Community Award for her outstanding record of volunteer service. 
HC 1018Commending and honoring the 2009 State A Boys' Track Champions, the Dell Rapids Quarriers, for their outstanding athletic performance in Spearfish and Rapid City at the 2009 State A Boys' Track Meet. 
HC 1025Commending and honoring Tyler Oran Sorenson, the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Western Wrestling Conference 197-pound champion, for his outstanding and unprecedented athletic performance in Brookings, South Dakota, at the 2010 Western Wrestling Conference Meet. 
HC 1026Recognizing the South Dakota State University Women's Basketball Team on its outstanding athletic and academic achievements. 
HCR 1011Endorsing Taiwan's participation as observer in the International Civil Aviation Organization and United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change. 
HCR 1012Directing the South Dakota State Investment Council to apply its Social Activism Policy to address the ongoing genocide and other atrocities being committed in Sudan. 

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