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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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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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January29

Scientific info bill sent to House

After consecutive years of being left to freeze on the 41st legislative day, a bill allowing teachers to theorize in the classroom on the strengths and weaknesses of scientific topics was warmed up to by Senators.   Senate Bill 55, which protects the teaching of certain scientific information, passed the Senate Education committee on a
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January16

Pledge program presents districts better interest rates on bonds

Members of the ASBSD Board of Directors received an overview of an expanded state program that increases the rating of capital outlay bonds or certificates issued to schools and provide them with better interest rates.   S.D. Health and Educational Facilities Authority Director Don Templeton shared information on the program, which was updated by the
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March29

Program promotes C/O bond rating increases, better interest rates for schools

During the 2015 legislative session, the South Dakota Legislature adopted Senate Bill 191 authorizing an expanded State Aid Pledge Program through the South Dakota Health and Educational Facilities Authority.   Lt. Gov. Matt Michels said the program is “beneficial to our schools” because it would designate the South Dakota Health and Educational Facilities Authority Intercept Program as
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February23

HB 1182: Sales Tax Increase bill passes House on second try

After years of need, months of discussion, weeks of review, days of votes and delays, and few changed minds, a bill providing the much needed revenue source for school districts to improve teacher pay took its first step towards becoming law on Monday (2/22).   Members of the House of Representatives voted 47-21 to pass
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February10

SB 5: MBC bill moves on to House

A new manner for the minor boundary change process found favor in the Senate on Tuesday (2/9).   Senators passed Senate Bill 5, which revises the process of school district boundary change, on a vote of 33-1.   SB 5 would remove the provision in law that allows for school district boundary changes to be
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February10

SB 159: Private school scholarship bill advances

The debate on providing private school scholarships for students returned to South Dakota’s legislature.   Senate Bill 159, which uses tax credits from the insurance company premium and annuity tax to fund private school scholarships, passed the Senate Education committee on a vote of 6-1.   SB 159 would provide $2 million in scholarship dollars
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February09

HB 1182: Sales tax increase bill sails through comm.

A parade of supporters and unanimous committee vote got Gov. Dennis Daugaard’s proposal to increase teacher pay off to a great start on Monday (2/8).   Nearly 20 supporters from the education, business and agriculture communities testified in favor of House Bill 1182, which increases the state’s sales tax by a half cent and reduces
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January30

HB 1086: Conversation on leased residential tax class continues

The debate about adding a leased residential property tax classification started on Thursday (1/27).   “What we don’t have is a category for those people that live in a property, but don’t own it,” Rep. Don Haggar, the bill’s sponsor, testified. “(House Bill 1086) just creates the category.”   House Taxation committee members expressed interest
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