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February13

Debate to participate ends in House

The debate to participate came to an end in the House, for now.   On a 28-38 vote, members of the House defeated House Bill 1120, which permits students receiving alternative instruction be deemed academically eligible by complying with alternative instruction requirements and allowed to participate in activities sponsored by the SDHSAA, on Monday.   The
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February12

Committee rejects policy mandate bill

School boards will continue to have control over facilities policy.   House Bill 1296, which requires each school board to establish a policy on the use of certain school district facilities by transgender persons, fell on a 11-1 vote by the House Judiciary committee on Monday (2/12).   ASBSD opposed the bill.   “The issue
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February12

School property tax exemption bill headed to Gov’s desk

A bill clarifying specific school owned property being tax exempt is close to being codified.   House Bill 1143, which revises certain provisions regarding the tax exemption of certain school owned property, passed the Senate on a unanimous vote on Monday (2/12) and now heads to Gov. Dennis Daugaard’s desk for signature.   Sen. Ryan Maher said a
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February09

Homeschool participation bill revived, then delayed

After being revived the debate on homeschool participation has been delayed.   Representatives brought back House Bill 1120, which permits students receiving alternative instruction be deemed academically eligible by complying with alternative instruction requirements and allowed to participate in activities sponsored by the SDHSAA, on the chamber floor this week.   Through what’s known as the
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February08

House Approps pass one, pass over another

Two bills, two actions in appropriations on Thursday (2/8).   House Appropriations members passed House Bill 1166, provides the Joint or Interim Appropriations committee the power to approve, amend or deny teacher compensation waivers, on an 8-1 vote.   ASBSD supported the bill.   “This gives (the committee) some flexibility to say ‘yes’ or ‘no’
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February08

Audit report bill reaches Senate floor

A bill ensuring audit reports are in the hands of board members advanced in the legislature on Thursday (2/8).   In a unanimous vote, Senate Appropriators passed Senate Bill 100, which establishes certain provisions related to grant monitoring and review.   The main portions of the bill affecting school boards require the department or firm
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February07

School property tax exemption bill advances

A bill codifying language exempting housing owned by school districts for certified teachers to be tax exempt cleared another legislative hurdle on Wednesday (2/7).   House Bill 1143, which revises certain provisions regarding the tax exemption of certain school owned property, passed the Senate Taxation committee on a 7-0 vote.   ASBSD supports the bill.   “Housing
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February06

Tribal regalia bill reaches House floor

A bill permitting an individual to wear tribal regalia at some events passed committee on Wednesday (2/7).   House Judiciary members passed House Bill 1252, which prohibits certain government entities from restricting the wearing of tribal regalia during certain events, on an 8-4 vote.   HB 1252 specifically references “any award ceremony, graduation ceremony, or
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February06

Public comment requirement bill bound for Senate

The crux of a public comment bill remains unclear as it heads across the hall.   Representatives passed House Bill 1172, which revises certain provisions regarding meetings of certain public bodies, on a 60-8 vote on Wednesday (2/6).   HB 1172 requires school boards – and other political subdivisions – to provide public comment at
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February05

Two bills trek towards the Senate

Two bills trekked across the Capitol building hall towards the Senate this week.   House Bill 1221, which expands the partners in education tax credit program, passed the House Education committee on a 13-0 vote and the House on a 62-5 vote.   Sen. Kevin Killer said the addition would make one new school eligible
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