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February02

Senate comm. sends safety plan discussion through

One step remains in the legislative process for a bill aiming to expand the executive session topics list to include school safety plans.   On an 8-0 vote, Senate State Affairs committee members passed House Bill 1048, which permits a school board to discuss and deliberate school safety plans, and other provisions, in executive session.  
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February02

Opportunity Scholarship bill amended, returns to House

A bill dealing with access to the opportunity scholarship was amended and returned to its original chamber.   Senate Education committee members amended and passed House Bill 1040, which revises provisions for alternative instruction students to receive the opportunity scholarship, on a 5-0 vote, followed by the entire Senate passing the bill on a 26-7 vote.
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February01

Bill permitting schools access to opioid antagonists through comm.

School districts being able to acquire opioid antagonists got a step closer.   Senate Health and Human Services committee members passed Senate Bill 84, which permits a school district to possess and, if needed, administer opioid antagonists, on a 7-0 vote.   SB 84 permits a school board to acquire opioid antagonists, as it would
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February01

One more LAN Training Webinar scheduled

Advocating on behalf of our public school system is an important job and ASBSD’s Legislative Action Network (LAN) steps up to take on that task.   With the 2019 legislative session having begun, we need LAN members to be read to communicate to legislators the positions of ASBSD and their local board on legislative issues relating to public
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January31

House halts civics literacy program bill

After getting through committee, the bill promoting the civics literacy program came to halt on the chamber floor.   House members defeated House Bill 1051, which establishes the South Dakota state seal of civics literacy program, on a 32-38 vote.   HB 1051 called for the creation of a program school districts could have participated commemorating
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January30

Committee tables alternative instruction assessment bill

After debate, discussion and a day’s break to think on it, a bill altering assessment requirements for certain students stopped its legislative run.   House Education committee members tabled House Bill 1065, which removed the assessment requirement for students receiving alternative instruction, on a 13-2 vote.   The action came after the committee deferred additional
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January29

Military family residency requirement bill bound for Senate

A bill alleviating residency requirement constraints on students of military families cleared one chamber of the legislature.   On a 65-0 vote, Representatives members approved House Bill 1044, which authorizes enrollment in a school district to which a students’ family is locating to, due to military transfer.   ASBSD is monitoring the bill and assisted
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January28

One bill bounced by, one bill backed by comm.

Two bills crossed the Capitol hall from the Senate to the House, but just one made it out of latter’s education committee.   House Education committee members passed Senate Bill 23, which revises references to repealed or obsolete provisions related to DOE, on a 13-1 vote, but defeated Senate Bill 24, which revises certain provisions
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January26

Gov. Noem proposes 2.5 percent increase in state aid

Gov. Kristi Noem came up with proposed funding for state aid above what’s required by law in the first budget address of her tenure.   Gov. Noem’s budget proposal for Fiscal Year 2020 included an increase to state aid of 2.5 percent, which is 0.2 percent higher than what’s required in state statute, as inflation came
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January25

Committee approves civics literacy program

Committee members confirmed a program commending students for civics literacy.   House Education committee members passed House Bill 1051, which establishes the South Dakota state seal of civics literacy program, on a 14-0 vote.   HB 1051 creates a voluntary program that school districts can choose to participate in which would affix a sticker of
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