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January30

No changes to executive session

Members of the Senate Local Government committee voted down a bill that would have required executive and closed sessions of government bodies be recorded and records maintained for one year.   Senate Bill 167 was deferred to the 41st Legislative day on 4-3 vote this morning (Wednesday). ASBSD opposed the bill.   Executive Director Wade Pogany testified the bill was unnecessary and
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January29

Bills pass to start week

Three bills passed their original house to start week number three of legislative session.   Representatives passed House Bill 1108 by 63-5 vote on Monday. The open meeting’s related bill initially placed sub- and advisory committees under the open meetings umbrella, but was amended by the House State Affairs committee removing the requirement. The bill’s main function now is to exclude advisory bodies from
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January29

K-12 gets committee focus tomorrow

Wednesday’s committee schedule marks a big day for legislation related to K-12 education.   House State Affairs committee members will hear two bills that would improve upon the current K-12 education funding situation.   House Bill 1201 calls for an increase to the per-student allocation dollar amount for the next three years to balance the “funding shortfalls” school
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January29

“Sentinel” bill passed, Open Meetings bill impeded by House

Votes on two bills connected to school boards by the House of Representatives yielded differently results this afternoon (Tuesday).   Representatives voted 42-27 to pass House Bill 1087, which would allow school boards to “create, establish and supervise” a “sentinel” program that would arm staff, security or volunteers on school grounds.   A lengthy debate preceded the vote with proponents arguing the
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January28

Legistlative action from last week

House Bill 1113: A bill that would make digital text communication (i.e. email, text message, online conversations) an open record if it includes discussion of official business among a quorum of board members passed the House State Affairs committee by a 7-6 vote. The committee amended the bill to exclude the scheduling of meetings via digital communication official business.
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January28

Upcoming committee dockets

Today’s House Education committee meeting features two bills proposing grant programs with dollars appropriated from the general fund.   House Bill 1119 would establish a school-to-work grant program for students who may not pursue a secondary education. The bill would take $300,000 from the general fund for the program.   House Bill 1133 would allocate an unspecified
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January28

Grant bills deferred in vote

House Education committee members elected to defer two bills proposing K-12 grant programs to the 41st legislative day at this morning’s (Monday) bill hearings.   House Bill 1119 would have established a school-to-work grant program using $300,000 from the general fund for students who may not pursue a secondary education. House Bill 1133 would have provided $500,000 to $1 million
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January25

ASBSD Legislative Day

For the third straight year, ASBSD invites school board members, superintendents and business managers from member districts toLegislative Day on Tuesday, February 19.   ASBSD Legislative Day is a day of advocacy and action in support of public education. School board members and administrators are invited to Pierre to learn about the latest status of bills
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January25

“Sentinel” bill passes committee

A bill that would allow the arming of school employees or volunteers on school grounds passed the House Education committee by an 8-7 vote this morning.   House Bill 1087 was amended to include requirement that school boards receive approval from the county sheriff with jurisdiction over the district before implementing the “sentinel” program, non-law enforcement individuals acting as school “sentinels” receive training from law
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January25

ASBSD Weekly Legislative Roundup

“Sentinel” bill passes committee   Following almost three hours of testimony and discussion spread acrosstwo days, the House Education committee passed an amended version of House Bill 1087 by an 8-7 vote this morning. The bill moves to the House floor for hearing next week.   The bill would allow school boards to “create, establish and supervise” a “sentinel” program that would arm
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