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March03

Lockdown bill lacks support, Fund Balance bill finds it in House

It had been smooth sailing for Senate Bill 89 until it was sunk in the House chamber on Tuesday (3/3).   SB 89, which would require school districts to develop safety plans and conduct lockdown drills, was defeated on 37-30 vote by Representatives; in three previous votes the bill had no “Nays” cast.   “We don’t
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February26

New cap outlay option passes House

House members voted overwhelmingly to support House Bill 1218, which would allow any school district to designate up to $0.25 of their capital outlay levy to fund a post-secondary technical institute. The maximum level of $3 per $1,000 of valuation for the levy could not be exceeded by districts utilizing the new provision.   HB
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February24

Committee concurs on two key K-12 bills

Senate Education committee members sent two bills related to K-12 to the floor with do pass recommendations on Tuesday (2/24).   A bill requiring school districts to report their month-end cash balances in the fiscal year for the general, capital outlay, pension and special education funds was unanimously passed by committee members. The bill was amended to
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February24

New choice intro’d for schools to use CO fund dollars

Capital outlay continues to be at the center of legislative conversation.   House State Affairs committee members voted to support a hoghouse amendment to House Bill 1218, which would allow any school district to designate up to $0.25 of their capital outlay levy to fund a post-secondary technical institute. The maximum level of $3 per
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February20

Committee critical of cap outlay compromise

Three sessions over a three-day span resulted in a three vote difference on a bill adjusting capital outlay.   On a 9-6 vote, members of the House Taxation committee sent House Bill 1207, which would have limited revenue collection of the school district capital outlay fund, implemented opt-out procedures for the fund and added $72
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February18

Cap outlay bond/certificate program passes Senate

A third bill related to capital outlay had its time on the legislative stage this week.   Senators voted 31-1 to pass Senate Bill 191, which revises certain provisions in a program for capital outlay certificates and lease purchase agreements of school districts. Senate State Affairs committee members voted unanimously to pass the bill earlier in the week.
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February18

First hearing held for capital outlay adjustment

The first look at legislation adjusting the capital outlay fund of school districts was had on Tuesday (2/17).   Rep. Justin Cronin introduced House Bill 1207, which would limit revenue collection of the school district capital outlay fund, implements opt-out procedures for the fund and adds $72 per-student to state aid, to the House Taxation
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February18

Bond vote adjustment axed

On a day that saw the introduction of one piece of legislation changing capital outlay, another exited.   Senate Bill 183, which would have lowered the percentage of supporting votes needed from 60 to 55 percent in elections on capital outlay certificates and bonds, failed to pass the Senate – dropping a 10-22 vote. ASBSD
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February17

ASBSD February board meeting recap

Members of the ASBSD Board of Directors met for the first time in 2015. The board met on Monday, Feb. 16, one day in advance of ASBSD’s Legislative Day.   Board members reviewed key legislation and happenings from South Dakota’s 99th legislative session.   After much deliberation a majority vote of the board resulted in
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February17

Board members and legislators come together for Legislative Day

School board members and legislators came together for ASBSD’s Legislative Day on Tuesday (Feb. 17) to honor a few of the state’s best school board members and talk about the future of K-12 education.     The two groups of elected officials met for lunch at the Lutheran Memorial Church across the street from the
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