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March09

COI penalty bill passed on to Gov.

An upgrade to criminal charges that can be filed for a conflict of interest crime has climbed to the governor’s desk.   House Judiciary committee members and Representatives passed Senate Bill 27, which prohibits public officials from misusing their position for personal gain, provides a penalty therefor and implements a grievance process for reporting misuse.  
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March08

ASBSD Board meets for first time in 2017

Members of the ASBSD Board of Directors met for the first time in 2017 and welcomed a new member to the board.   Rapid City School Board Member Ron Riherd joined the ASBSD Board of Directors for his meeting representing the district.     Riherd is in his first year on his local board and
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March08

House passes bill providing no increase in ed. funding

Schools remain set to receive no increase in state aid after Tuesday’s (3/7) session in the House of Representatives.   House members voted 42-25 in favor of Senate Bill 35, which provides zero percent increase in funding for general education fund levy, average teacher salary target and the overhead rate for additional salary and benefit costs.
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March07

Construction option elimination bill headed to Gov

Gov. Dennis Daugaard will have final review of the elimination of a cost-saving construction option for school districts and other public entities.   House Bill 1112, which revises certain provisions related to construction managers on certain public improvement projects, passed the Senate on a 21-13 vote. The bill reached the floor after the rare recommendation by the Senate Judiciary
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March06

Amended bill provides NO increase in funding for schools

School districts would receive no increase in funding for next school year based on the latest version of the state aid funding bill passed by a legislative committee.   House Appropriators passed the amended Senate Bill 35, which provides zero percent increase in funding for general education fund levy, average teacher salary target and the overhead
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March06

One bus bill passed and one stopped in legislature

One school bus bill passed and one came to a stop in the legislature recently.   House Bill 1110, which revises certain provisions regarding school bus stop violations, flew through the Senate Transportation and Senate floor without a “nay” vote.   ASBSD supports the bill, which lowers the speed limit allowed when passing a school bus with
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March06

COI update bill passes Senate

A bill updating last year’s conflict of interest law has passed the Senate and will be a vote away in the House away from heading to the governor.   House Bill 1170, which amends the conflict of interest disclosure law, passed the Senate Local Government committee on a unanimous vote and received a lone nay vote
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March02

Crossover Day crosses out three ed. related bills

Crossover Day saw the end for two education related bills in the Senate and one in the House, last week.   Senate Bill 134, which would prohibit the use of public school resources to advocate for an outcome in any partisan election or legislative vote, was overwhelming opposed by Senators on a 27-8 vote.  
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March02

Two bills tumble out of ed. committees

Two bills tumbled out of favor of the education committees recently.   House Education committee members voted 11-4 to send Senate Bill 55, which protects the teaching of certain scientific information, to the 41st legislative day – essentially ending its run this session.   The bill would have allowed teachers to theorize in the classroom
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March02

Reserve fund timeline extension bill cut short

A bill that would have extended the timeline for a district to spend down their reserves spent its last day in the legislature on Thursday (3/2).   House Appropriations committee members voted 6-2 against Senate Bill 92, which changes the year a school district is required to bring general fund reserves down to a certain
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