Senator V. J. Smith — 2020


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Party: Republican
Term: New Member
District: 07
Counties: Brookings
Occupation: Speaker/Author

Home Address:
PO Box 742
Brookings, SD 57006

Home: 605-697-5822
Capitol: 605-773-3821
Business: 605-697-5822

Email: VJ.Smith@sdlegislature.gov

Session Committees

EducationMember TTh 7:45 AM Room 423 
Military and Veterans AffairsMember Call of Chair 8:00 AM TBA 
Retirement LawsMember Call of Chair 3:00 PM Room 412 
TaxationVice-Chair MWF 10:00 AM Room 423 

Prime Sponsor

SB 70authorize the use of Spanish in obtaining certain driver licenses and permits. 
SB 75provide for a habitat stamp on hunting and fishing licenses. 
SB 175accommodate legislation related to meetings and records of rural electric cooperatives. 
SB 184revise provisions regarding electric service in annexed areas. 
HB 1081exempt from alcoholic beverage regulations certain uses of alcohol by postsecondary institutions. 
HB 1211change the payment process for forensic medical examinations. 
HB 1227make an appropriation for the rural veterinary medical education program and to declare an emergency. 
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. 

Co Sponsor

SB 50revise certain provisions regarding the practice of a certified registered nurse anesthetist. 
SB 64prohibit capital punishment for any person suffering from a severe mental illness. 
SB 78increase funding for court appointed special advocates. 
SB 80revise certain sheriff's fees and costs. 
SB 81establish eligibility criteria for out-of-state health institutions to receive financing from the Health and Educational Facilities Authority. 
SB 83establish meetings to review certain electric systems. 
SB 84authorize service animals in-training to enter certain establishments. 
SB 85establish an annual fee for certain electric motor vehicles and electric hybrid motor vehicles. 
SB 89revise provisions regarding victim's rights. 
SB 124to revise provisions regarding group pheasant hunts for disabled veterans. 
SB 136authorize certain witnesses to be accompanied by a certified therapeutic dog in a criminal proceeding. 
SB 138amend parole provisions regarding life sentences. 
SB 140provide for the resolution of alleged certain disability violations. 
SB 166provide a transfer of funds for the postsecondary scholarship grant fund and to declare an emergency. 
SB 167revise a provision regarding eligibility for the South Dakota opportunity scholarship. 
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 809To honor and commend the late Senator Gene Abdallah for his dedicated service to his community and state. 
SCR 604Recognizing June as Move Over Awareness Month and urging drivers to slow down and move over for stopped vehicles. 
SJR 501Proposing and submitting to the voters an amendment to the Constitution of the State of South Dakota, providing for wagering on sporting events and to revise provisions regarding certain municipal proceeds of gaming revenues. 
HB 1063revise certain provisions regarding the purchase, distribution, and sale of tobacco products to persons under the age of twenty-one. 
HB 1067modify certain provisions regarding notice, service, and execution of judgments in forceable entry and detainer actions. 
HB 1069authorize certain veterans to attend courses offered at postsecondary technical institutes without payment of tuition. 
HB 1074revise certain provisions regarding the required time that sexual assault kits be preserved. 
HB 1076require a designation on a driver license for autism spectrum disorder under certain circumstances. 
HB 1083rename the postsecondary technical institutes as technical colleges. 
HB 1095revise requirements regarding hunting mentors. 
HB 1099authorize counties to impose a temporary voter-approved half-cent sales and use tax and to issue revenue bonds to fund certain county infrastructure construction. 
HB 1100make an appropriation to begin the research and development of a new bioprocessing facility and to declare an emergency. 
HB 1103authorize the forensic medical examination of certain minor victims without parental or guardian consent. 
HB 1107define style and form and authorize the code commission to make certain style and form edits to legislative acts. 
HB 1119include certain offenses committed in another state for purposes of an enhanced penalty. 
HB 1128modify the penalty for causing a child to be present during methamphetamine use, distribution, or manufacture. 
HB 1131prohibit the use of misleading identification for telephonic communications. 
HB 1169prohibit the use of certain electronic devices while driving. 
HB 1181revise certain provisions regarding bounties for coyotes. 
HB 1183increase driver licensing fees and dedicate that increase to transit providers. 
HB 1212add certain persons to the list of mandatory reporters of suspected child abuse or neglect. 
HB 1223provide for the creation of an international business and trade office. 
HB 1234revise the definition of operator for the purposes of the one-call notification system for excavation activities. 
HB 1237establish the Early Learning Advisory Council. 
HB 1244authorize forensic medical examinations for certain persons. 
HB 1247create the medical reinsurance program and to make an appropriation therefor. 
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 1254require a habitat stamp for certain hunting, fishing, canoeing, kayaking, and jet skiing activities. 
HB 1256fund shooting sports programs in public schools and to enhance outdoor recreational activities in the state. 
HB 1259clarify provisions regarding the discretionary formula for determining the assessed value of property for tax purposes. 
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 8010honoring and commending Brookings Area Habitat for Humanity for twenty-five years of working toward their vision of creating a world where everyone has a decent place to live by building and preserving decent and affordable housing. 
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 8012Recognizing Peace Corps volunteers and returned volunteers for their service to our country and the world. 
HC 8013To commend and acknowledge the Ground Works and South Dakota Agriculture in the Classroom as a South Dakota educational nonprofit that incorporates interactive computer activities, youth summer camps, and teaching gardens to deliver hands-on lessons in STEAM education, agriculture literacy, health and wellness, and student leadership. 
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 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. 
HC 8020To honor the Sioux Falls O'Gorman Knights as the 2019 Class 11 AAA State High School Football Champions. 
HC 8024Honoring and commending Brookings High School student Eleanor Abraham for her service to the community of Brookings and winning the 2020 Prudential Spirit of Community Award. 
HC 8025Commending and honoring those who served in the Korean War on the seventieth anniversary of the war. 
HC 8026Honoring Lynn Verschoor for her twenty years of inspirational and dedicated service as the Director of the South Dakota Art Museum encouraging the collecting, preserving, and exhibiting of visual arts to provide access and education, and to foster the appreciation of visual arts. 
HCR 6010Supporting the creation of an early education advisory council. 
HCR 6017To encourage the creation of an interim legislative study to address infrastructure and funding support related to the expansion of Ellsworth Air Force Base. 
HCR 6021Supporting the continued operation of the D.C. Booth Historic National Fish Hatchery. 

Hearings

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