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March09

Restraint and seclusion policy bill passes both chambers

The two chambers of the Capitol came together on a bill requiring school districts to adopt a restraint and seclusion policy to send it to the governor’s desk.   House members passed Senate Bill 46, which requires school districts to adopt a policy limiting the use of restraint and seclusion, on a 52-12 vote and
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March08

Gov. gets look at cap outlay obligations bill

The governor will get a look at a bill adjusting capital outlay caps.   Senators passed House Bill 1297, which revises certain provisions regarding capital outlay obligations, on a 33-1 vote.   HB 1297 permit districts to raise their C/O levy to a level necessary to cover their capital outlay obligations and allows them to utilize
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March08

Tribal regalia defined in bill bound for Gov.

The bill defining tribal regalia reached the governor’s office.   Senators passed an amended version of House Bill 1252, which prohibits certain government entities from prohibiting any person from wearing traditional tribal regalia or objects of cultural significance at a school honoring or graduation ceremony, on a 34-0 vote.   “I just appreciate the discussion,” Sen.
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March07

Public comment bill bound for Gov.

A bill superseding school board policy on public comment at meetings is headed to the governor’s office.   House Bill 1172, which revises certain provisions regarding meetings of certain public bodies, passed the Senate on a 24-9 vote.   During debate on the Senate floor, Sen. Brock Greenfield said the bill wasn’t “too onerous” and
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March07

Enrollment threshold bill en route Gov.

A bill carving out a niche in the 100 student enrollment threshold is headed to the governor’s desk.   Senators passed an amended version of House Bill 1215, which revises certain provisions regarding reorganization of certain school districts with low enrollment, on a 28-6 vote.   “That’s an exception to the 100 student (enrollment) consolidation rule,” Sen.
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March07

Bill permitting Appropriators to act on waivers on to Gov.

A bill providing appropriators more options when it comes to acting on accountability waivers got through to the governor.   Senators passed an amended House Bill 1166, which provides the Joint or Interim Appropriations committee the power to approve, amend or deny teacher compensation waivers, on a 30-3 vote.   An amendment added on the Senate floor adds a step
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March06

Audit report bill on to Gov.

The audit report bill is headed for the governor’s desk for signature.   By a unanimous vote, House members 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 performing the audit furnish a copy of the audit
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March06

Resident district notification bill reaches Gov.

A bill clarifying the notification by a student to their resident district of their plans to return reached the governor’s desk.   Senators passed House Bill 1114, which establishes certain requirements for students enrolling in resident school districts or assigned schools after participating in open enrollment, on a 27-6 vote.   HB 1114 allows a student
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March05

Advocate to your legislators for an increase in state aid

With fewer than ten days left in legislative session, focus is turning towards finalizing the state budget and board members need to be advocating to their legislators for an increase in state aid for next year.   A few weeks ago, members of the Joint Appropriations committee adopted revenue projections for the Fiscal Year 2019
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March05

Public comment bill passed comm. on to floor

A bill potentially conflicting school board policy on public comment during meetings reached the Senate floor.   Senate Local Government committee members passed House Bill 1172, which revises certain provisions regarding meetings of certain public bodies, on a 4-2 vote in a hearing that stretched over two meetings.   HB 1172 requires school boards – and
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