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March05

Cap. Outlay extension approved

Members of the House of Representatives voted 52-17 to pass Senate Bill 194, which extends the provision allowing school districts to use capital outlay funds for certain insurance, energy, utilities and motor fuel costs to 2018. “This is clearly an essential bridge as we work through these troubling economic times,” Rep. Scott Ecklund (25) said
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March04

News and Notes from Monday

Sentinel bill sent to Gov.   On a 40-19 vote, Representatives sent an amended version of House Bill 1087, which would allow school employees and volunteers to carry guns in and on school grounds, to its final step for approval.   Gov. Dennis Daugaard will have the option to sign the bill into law or
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March01

Senate Ed. ends with two deferrals

Two bills were deferred to the 41st day by the Senate Education committee on Thursday, which marked the final time this session the committee will hold bill hearings.   Under ‘100’ option falls in close vote   Committee members voted 4-3 to defer House Bill 1213 to the 41st day.   HB 1213 called for
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March01

ASBSD Weekly Legislative Roundup

Week eight marked the penultimate week of the 88th legislative session and, like the second to last episode of a season in a TV series, it set up plenty of intriguing plots with guns in schools, funding and new developments left to be decided by legislators.   Senators send Sentinel bill back to House   Senators passed an
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February28

From Education to Appropriations

House Education committee members deferred four K-12 related funding bills to the House Appropriations committee on Wednesday, which marked the committee’s last time discussing bills.   SPED levy bill discussed   Committee members unanimously voted to defer Senate Bill 15, which adjusts property tax levies for the special education fund of a school district and
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February28

Action on ESA funding bill deferred

The House Appropriations committee heard testimony, but took no action on Senate Bill 76 on Wednesday.   SB 76 appropriates funding for Education Service Agencies. ESAs would have to apply to the Department of Education to receive the funds.   “School boards are very supportive of Education Service Agencies,” Executive Director Wade Pogany testified. “ESAs
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February27

Payroll publication amended and passed

The third time may be the charm for Senate Bill 180. SB 180 passed the House Local Government committee on Tuesday in its third incarnation.   Committee members voted to pass an amended version of SB 180 on an 8-5 vote. The amended draft requires the total dollar amount of local government employees’ benefits be
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February27

Property and petitions

House Bill 1143, which would have classified leased residential property as the fourth tax levy, fell one vote short at its Senate Taxation committee hearing this morning.   Committee members voted 4-3 to move HB 1143 to the 41st legislative day following a lengthy discussion on proposed creation of the new tax levy.   “It’s
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February27

Senate sends joint powers bill to Gov.

Proposed levy moved to 41st   House Bill 1143, which would have classified leased residential property as the fourth tax levy, fell one vote short at its Senate Taxation committee hearing this morning.   Committee members voted 4-3 to move HB 1143 to the 41st legislative day following a lengthy discussion on proposed creation of
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February27

Senators pass sentinel bill

Senators passed an amended version of House Bill 1087, which would allow school employees and volunteers to carry guns in and on school grounds, on a 21-14 vote this afternoon.   HB 1087 heads back across the hall to the House floor for final approval. If the amendments are approved by Representatives, the bill would
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