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March28

Cap Outlay compromise bill passed, signed into law

In its final vote, a compromise bill on capital outlay provisions proved to have overwhelming support.   House members passed Senate Bill 170, which revises certain provisions regarding school district capital outlay funds, on a 65-3 vote. Among the four votes it took between two committees and two chambers, the bill only had four “No” votes.
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March03

Compromise on Capital Outlay fund changes awaits one more vote

A compromise on revisions to the different capital outlay provisions is getting closer.   Just one legislative hurdle remains for Senate Bill 170, which revises certain provisions regarding school district capital outlay funds, after last week (2/25) Senators passed it on a 35-0 vote and on Monday (3/2) House Education committee members passed it 12-0. ASBSD
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February24

Capital outlay compromise bill clears committee

Compromise was reached in capital outlay legislation last week.   On a 6-1 vote, Senate Education committee members passed a freshly amended version of Senate Bill 170, which revises certain provisions regarding school district capital outlay funds.   The latest version of SB 170 makes multiple changes to the Capital Outlay fund, including: Amends the
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February23

Other revenue bill ousted from session

The last other revenue adjustment bill of session was ousted in committee.   On a 4-2 vote, Senate Taxation committee members defeated Senate Bill 168, which freezes the other revenue step-down process at 60 percent counted as local effort. Previously, Senate Bill 111 was passed by the committee, but defeated on the Senate floor.  
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February15

Wind energy exclusion bill exits session

Legislators had other plans for an other revenue equalization exclusion.   Senators defeated Senate Bill 111, which excludes certain wind energy tax revenue from the state aid formula, on a 12-22 vote on Tuesday (2/11).   SB 111 would have excluded wind energy from the current other revenue equalization process by going through an eight year
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February11

Three Capital Outlay bills await hearings

Three bills are in the queue will decide what happens with the future of the Capital Outlay fund.   House Bill 1198, which repeals certain Capital Outlay provisions, Senate Bill 94, which revises provisions for the capital outlay fund, and Senate Bill 170, which revises certain provisions regarding school district capital outlay funds, are all
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February10

Gust of support sends wind energy exclusion bill to Senate floor

A bill excluding one other revenue source from the current step-down equalization process proceeded in the legislature.   On a 5-2 vote, Senate Taxation members passed Senate Bill 111, which excludes certain wind energy tax revenue from the state aid formula.   Currently, six other revenue sources that can be collected by school districts –
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February07

Two bills took different directions out of Sen. Ed.

Two bills took different directions on their way out of an education committee.   Senate Education committee members quickly passed House Bill 1031, which revises certain provisions regarding school district fiduciary funds, on a 7-0 vote on Thursday (2/6). The bill also passed the full Senate and just awaits the signature of Gov. Kristi Noem
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February01

Capital Outlay FAQ available

The conversation on capital outlay is just beginning this legislative session.   Last Monday, the first bill related to adjusting the caps on capital outlay, Senate Bill 67, fell in Senate Taxation on a 6-1 vote, but later in the week two additional bills were introduced in House Bill 1198, which repeals certain Capital Outlay
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January30

First capital outlay bill falls, but conversation started on issue

The conversation surrounding solutions for capital outlay got started on Monday (1/27).   Senate Taxation members may have defeated Senate Bill 67, which amends the Capital Outlay levy for sparse school districts, on a 6-1 vote, but they heard from individuals representing schools that a solution was needed and another bill forthcoming. ASBSD was monitoring
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