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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)
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March05

Debate doesn’t stop econ development bill

A lengthy debate on the House floor didn’t halt the progress of an omnibus economic development bill, which would provide funding for certain K-12 education programs.   Representatives passed Senate Bill 235, which would create the Building South Dakota fund, on a 56-13 vote. The bill received the 2/3 support it required.   Thirty percent
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March05

Levy bills passed by Reps.

House of Representatives passed amended versions of property tax levy bills for the general and special education funds back to the Senate.   Amendments to the bills inflated their land valuation, but left levy rates the same as passed by House Appropriations committee members.   Senate Bill 28 adjusts property tax levies for the general fund of
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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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