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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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January24

ESA funding bill passes committee

Senate Education committee members unanimously agreed to pass a bill that would return state funding to Education Service Agencies based on an application and matching funds process.   Senate Bill 76 will head to the Senate floor with a slightly adjusted look, but going forward nonetheless. The committee approved two amendments to the bill. The
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January24

ESA funding bill passes committee

Senate Education committee members unanimously agreed to pass a bill that would return state funding to Education Service Agencies based on an application and matching funds process.   Senate Bill 76 will head to the Senate floor with a slightly adjusted look, but going forward nonetheless. The committee approved two amendments to the bill. The
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January23

Vote on “Sentinel” bill deferred

The House Education committee deferred a vote until Friday on House Bill1087, which would allow school boards to arm staff, security or volunteers on school grounds, following a lengthy hearing this morning.   Testimony from opponents and proponents of the bill was completed and committee members opted to continue discussion on the matter before proceeding with a vote.  
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