Timothy A. Rave, Chair
Pursuant to the report of the Joint-Select Committee, the Senate convened with the House
of Representatives in the House Chamber for the purpose of receiving a budget message from
the Governor, M. Michael Rounds. The President of the Senate, Dennis Daugaard, presided.
The following prayer was delivered by Pastor Susan Carr, Pierre/Ft. Pierre Ministerial
O God, whom we know by many names,
We know that You are always present with us, but we often do not stop from our own
agendas and plans to listen to You. And so, we ask that You would make us mindful that our
work here is not for our own power or prestige, it is not for our own party, but rather that we are
here, entrusted with the high calling of serving this state and its people. Keep us humble we
We come before You now with hearts and minds that are full of anxiety and uncertainty.
Teach us again not to be afraid; but to trust that if You have brought us to a place, You will see
us through it. Make us leaders that are more interested in the public interest than in our own
self-interests. Keep us faithful as stewards entrusted with this public duty to care for the citizens
and the land and resources and institutions of this state.
We pray this day for our new President, Barack Obama, and we pray that You will protect
and guide him with wisdom and courage. We pray for those who represent us in Washington,
DC, that they may build bridges where possible and seek the public good. We pray for Governor
Rounds and for the difficult decisions that he has had to struggle with in these days and that he
may find strength in You as he seeks to present and secure a budget that will meet the needs of
this state. We pray for each member who will have to make difficult decisions in the days ahead.
We pray and give thanks for the staff who offer their support to this work. Keep us always
patient with each other and forgiving.
O God, we do not ask for easy lives, but for strength to live up to the challenge of this new
day. We do not ask for the mountain to be taken away, but for courage to climb it together. So
go before us now, O God, empower your servants in their calling. In hope and in patience we
The Secretary of the Senate, Trudy Evenstad, called the roll of the Senate and the following
members were present:
Abdallah; Adelstein; Ahlers; Bartling; Bradford; Brown; Dempster; Fryslie; Gant; Garnos;
Gillespie; Gray; Hansen, Tom; Hanson, Gary; Haverly; Heidepriem; Howie; Hundstad;
Hunhoff, Jean; Jerstad; Kloucek; Knudson; Maher; Merchant; Miles; Nelson; Nesselhuf;
Novstrup, Al; Olson, Russell; Peterson; Schmidt; Tieszen; Vehle.
The Chief Clerk of the House of Representatives, Karen Gerdes, called the roll of the
House and the following members were present:
Blake; Bolin; Boomgarden; Burg; Carson; Cronin; Curd; Cutler; Dennert; Dreyer; Elliott;
Engels; Faehn; Fargen; Feickert; Feinstein; Frerichs; Gibson; Gosch; Greenfield; Hamiel;
Hunhoff, Bernie; Hunt; Iron Cloud; Jensen; Juhnke; Killer; Kirkeby; Kirschman; Krebs; Lange;
Lederman; Lucas; Lust; McLaughlin; Moser; Noem; Novstrup, David; Nygaard; Olson, Betty;
Olson, Ryan; Peters; Pitts; Putnam; Rausch; Romkema; Rounds; Russell; Schlekeway;
Schrempp, Sly; Solberg; Solum; Sorenson; Steele; Street; Thompson; Tidemann; Turbiville;
Van Gerpen; Vanderlinde; Vanneman; Verchio; Wink; Wismer; Speaker Rave.
Sen. Knudson moved that a committee of three on the part of the Senate and a committee
of four on the part of the House be appointed to escort the Honorable M. Michael Rounds,
Governor of the State of South Dakota, to the rostrum.
Which motion prevailed and the President appointed as such committee Sens. Gray,
Knudson, and Heidepriem on the part of the Senate and Reps. Faehn, Noem, Bernie Hunhoff,
and Dennert on the part of the House.
The Sergeant at Arms announced the arrival of the Honorable M. Michael Rounds, who
was escorted to the rostrum.
The Lieutenant Governor, Dennis Daugaard, introduced the Honorable M. Michael
Rounds, who delivered the budget message.
Sen. Knudson moved that the Joint Session do now dissolve.
Which motion prevailed.
Pursuant to the report of the Joint-Select Committee as found on pages 47 and 48 of the
House Journal, the House of Representatives and the Senate met in informal Joint Session in
the House Chamber for the purpose of having a memorial service for deceased former members
and reading of the following:
WHEREAS, the Great Ruler of the Universe has ordered a final adjournment in the
lives of fourteen former members of the South Dakota Legislature, namely: the Honorable
Raymond E. Dana, the Honorable Robert R. Giebink, the Honorable Wallace B. "Wally"
Hanson; the Honorable Douglas W. Johnson; the Honorable Juel S. Johnson; the Honorable
James "Jim" Kesling; the Honorable Sidney R. Knutson; the Honorable Frances S. "Peg"
Lamont; the Honorable Donald A. L'Esperance; the Honorable Merle E. Lofgren; the
Honorable Charles Q. "Chuck" Mateer; the Honorable Orville Smith; the Honorable Jay
Swisher; and the Honorable Francis "Frank" Thieman; and
WHEREAS, in the lives of all these eminent public servants there was noted a
profound urgency in an unselfish manner, with trials and vicissitudes often far outweighing
honors, but with a consciousness that here in a land of freedom the dignity of the individual
is supreme, that justice must be dispensed, and that only by eternal vigilance and unrelenting
effort can self-government of a people be preserved; and
WHEREAS, it is fitting that we humbly honor the memory of those who have thus
contributed to the orderly process of government under the Constitution:
NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED, by the Senate and the House of
Representatives of the Eighty-fourth Session of the Legislature of the State of South Dakota
duly convened in recess session in recognition of the useful lives and unfailing devotion to
the interests of the State of South Dakota, as well as the rectitude of thought and action and
fidelity to the highest principles of American citizenship by these honorable people, that the
Senate and the House of Representatives do now pause in their labors out of respect for the
memory of their late fellow associates in the functions of government, and note that in their
passing, the state they have served so well has suffered a distinct loss, and though their
labors have ceased and they have been laid to rest, the people of this great state have
benefitted greatly from the services rendered by them and they have left upon the sands of
time an inspiring record of devotion to their fellow citizens under the guiding hand of
Almighty God; and
BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that this Resolution be printed in the Journals of the
Senate and the House of Representatives of the Eighty-fourth Session of the Legislature of
the State of South Dakota, now assembled this 22nd day of January, 2009, at Pierre, South