Senator Ben Nesselhuf — 2010


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Party: Democrat
Term: Incumbent
District: 17
Counties: Clay, Turner
Occupation: Insurance Agent


Session Committees

Commerce and EnergyMember TTh 10:00 AM Room 423 
EducationMember TTh 7:45 AM Room 423 
Legislative ProcedureMember Call of Chair 10:00 AM Room 413 

Interim Committees

Legislative ProcedureMember 

Prime Sponsor

SB 74clarify the use of treatments involving human embryonic stem cells. 
SC 22Congratulating and commending Sam Miller and Tyler Gutzman of Vermillion High School for a triumphant 2008-2009 debate season and for placing tenth in policy debate at the 2009 National Forensics League National Speech and Debate Tournament. 
HB 1174authorize an increase in the compensation for members of the board of directors of water user districts. 

Co Sponsor

SB 70provide certain restrictions regarding the passing of a bicycle. 
SB 76revise the composition of the State Veterans' Commission. 
SB 81exempt open-loop prepaid cards from unclaimed property provisions. 
SB 88adopt the interstate compact on educational opportunity for military children. 
SB 93exempt certain small wind energy facilities from property taxation. 
SB 96provide for the continuation of the waiver of the collaborative agreement requirement for certified nurse midwives providing out-of-hospital birth services. 
SB 97provide that salvage titles be issued for stolen vehicles and to provide that thefts be noted on the title of recovered motor vehicles. 
SB 107provide for the practice and regulation of licensed midwives. 
SB 108prohibit dental insurers from setting fees for noncovered services. 
SB 124establish the per student allocation for FY 2011, and to revise the index factor in the state aid to education formula. 
SB 125revise certain provisions relating to violations associated with the statewide one-call notification system. 
SB 134provide for divestiture of state investment funds in certain companies liable to sanctions under the Iran Sanctions Act of 1996. 
SB 140reorganize the Department of Tourism and State Development. 
SB 142prohibit certain business entities and affiliated persons from making political campaign contributions to state officeholders or candidates if the business entity does contractual business with certain state agencies. 
SB 143require the sale of aircraft under the control of the Department of Transportation and to declare an emergency. 
SB 144limit increases in spending by state government. 
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. 
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 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 27Honoring John Frislie of Canton, South Dakota, for his contributions to conservation efforts in southeastern South Dakota and statewide. 
SC 30Commending and honoring former Lieutenant Governor William Dougherty for his many years of service to South Dakota. 
SCR 3Commemorating the 100th anniversary of the South Dakota State Capitol. 
SCR 5Expressing support for the public awareness of multiple sclerosis and recognizing MS Awareness Week as March 8-14, 2010. 
SJR 6Proposing and submitting to the electors at the next general election amendments to Articles IV and VIII of the Constitution, to combine the duties of the treasurer and the commissioner of school and public lands. 
HB 1089clarify permissible insurance policy provisions. 
HB 1095permit local industrial development corporations to conduct bingo games and lotteries under certain conditions. 
HB 1102repeal certain provisions establishing the Wall Lake State Game Bird Refuge in Hand County. 
HB 1122appropriate money for the Northern Crops Institute. 
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 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 1133prohibit minors from using certain wireless communication devices while operating motor vehicles upon the public highways and to provide certain exceptions. 
HB 1142prohibit campaign contributions to candidates for the Public Utilities Commission by certain persons or entities associated with regulated entities. 
HB 1144revise the Human Relations Act to include additional categories of persons. 
HB 1156provide health insurance coverage for contraceptive drugs and devices. 
HB 1175provide for the establishment of performance standards for certified teachers, and to provide for the evaluation of the performance of certified teachers. 
HB 1178prohibit the use of certain wireless communications devices while driving. 
HB 1186prohibit certain regulated entities from providing financial support for events involving the Public Utilities Commission. 
HB 1189prohibit discrimination based on domestic violence in life and health insurance policies. 
HB 1190revise the high school course requirements and the requirements necessary to maintain eligibility for the South Dakota opportunity scholarship program. 
HB 1192establish an ethanol blender pump incentive grant program, to make an appropriation therefor, and to declare an emergency. 
HB 1194revise certain provisions concerning wind easements and to specify certain information to be included in the recorded documents. 
HB 1207revise certain campaign finance requirements. 
HB 1217regulate passenger elevators, escalators, and similar conveyance facilities. 
HB 1223provide procedures by which adopted persons may obtain their original birth certificates and the contact preference of birth parents. 
HB 1241establish an additional time period during which fireworks may be sold and discharged and to revise certain provisions regarding county regulation of fireworks. 
HB 1273restrict certain state purchases of gasoline to ethanol blends. 
HC 1010Commending and honoring South Dakota's one hundred eighty-eight agriculture educators on National Teach Agriculture Day, February 25, 2010. 
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 1026Recognizing the South Dakota State University Women's Basketball Team on its outstanding athletic and academic achievements. 
HCR 1004Expressing the heartfelt condolences of South Dakotans to the people of Haiti for their losses resulting from the devastating and horrific earthquake of January 12, 2010, and also to urge the people of South Dakota to be charitable in this time of great human suffering. 

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