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February18

Appropriators adopt revenue projections

Revenue projections for the upcoming fiscal year’s budget were higher than expected, but the figures adopted were only slightly more than what was proposed.   Members of the Joint Appropriations committee approved revenue projections for the Fiscal Year 2020 budget totaling $1.701 billion, which is an increase above what was proposed by Gov. Kristi Noem
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February15

Partridge Amendment adjustment bill bound for House

A mechanism clearing up confusion in statute related sales tax and remote sellers revenue reached the House recently.   Senators passed Senate Bill 86, which adjusts the Partridge Amendment and permits review of remote seller tax revenue before lowering sales tax, on a 28-6 vote. Senate Taxation passed the bill out of committee previously on
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February09

House Ed. passes two-year averaging proposal

A proposal calling for the return of two-year averaging passed committee.   On an 8-5 vote, House Bill 1127, which includes two-year averaging in the fall enrollment calculation for state aid, passed the House Education committee.   Two-year averaging was removed from the fall enrollment count in 2016 as part of the Blue Ribbon Task
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February08

Other rev. equalization bill bound for Appropriations

Other revenue equalization entered the legislative fray.   House Bill 1109, which repeals other revenue equalization, passed the House Education committee on a 10-5 vote.   Equalization of other revenue dollars collected by school districts from six different tax areas came in 2016 as part of the Blue Ribbon Task Force package that increased in
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February01

One more LAN Training Webinar scheduled

Advocating on behalf of our public school system is an important job and ASBSD’s Legislative Action Network (LAN) steps up to take on that task.   With the 2019 legislative session having begun, we need LAN members to be read to communicate to legislators the positions of ASBSD and their local board on legislative issues relating to public
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January26

Gov. Noem proposes 2.5 percent increase in state aid

Gov. Kristi Noem came up with proposed funding for state aid above what’s required by law in the first budget address of her tenure.   Gov. Noem’s budget proposal for Fiscal Year 2020 included an increase to state aid of 2.5 percent, which is 0.2 percent higher than what’s required in state statute, as inflation came
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January24

Senate comm. sends SDHSAA policy repeal to 41st day

Legislative committee members brought down a bill that could have put schools in line to face litigation.   On a 5-2 vote, the Senate Education committee defeated Senate Bill 49, which voided the SDHSAA policy on transgender student participation and requires student gender be determined by what is stated on the student’s birth certificate.  
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January21

Gov. Noem requests joint session to share budget proposal

Gov. Kristi Noem’s official budget proposal is coming this week.   Last Thursday (1/17), Gov. Noem sent official request to the South Dakota Legislature’s House and Senate for a joint session of the chambers on Wednesday, January 23 beginning at 1 p.m.   “I will be giving my budget address, which will outline a lot
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January09

Revenue figures bounce back, budget talks about to begin

The holiday shopping season brought in the green to keep state revenue figures out of the red.   Revenue collections in December came in slightly more than $10 million higher than what the legislature adopted for the month during last year’s legislative session. The December figures were a needed rebound over November’s numbers, which were
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January03

Legislative session’s key dates in 2019

The 2019 legislative session begins soon and the 94th legislative session features more than a few key days.   This year’s session contains two more days than last year’s and kicks off with Gov. Kristi Noem’s first State of the State address on Tuesday, January 8.   Gov. Noem also plans to hold an additional
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