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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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March02

New school system bill soars through Senate

There was no resistance on a bill creating a new school system in South Dakota as it crossed the Capitol hall.   Senators voted 35-0 in favor of Senate Bill 66, which creates and funds Oceti Sakowin community-based schools.   Sen. Troy Heinert said the bill “let’s parents work with the district and provide an
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March01

New provision for C/O fund purchases passed to House floor

It’s been nothing but unanimous votes in favor of a new provision for purchases with capital outlay.   The Senate Education committee, then the Senate floor and most recently the House Education committee unanimously supported Senate Bill 174, which permits capital outlay funding to be used to purchase or renew instructional software.   ASBSD supports
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March01

C-O certificate referendum bill reaches Senate

A bill attempting to dictate the election dates for referred capital outlay certificates cleared the House.   An amended version of House Bill 1263, which requires capital outlay certificate referendum votes be held in conjunction with a general election, passed the House State Affairs committee on an 11-1 vote and the full House on a
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March01

Earn ALL points by attending a 2020 Legislative Cracker Barrel

Legislative Cracker Barrels in your area offer access to your local legislators, as well as the chance to hear their answers on a variety of legislative topics.   Below you will find a list of dates and locations of legislative cracker barrels being held throughout South Dakota that have been posted thus far.   Earn
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February29

School choice funding account bill tabled

After a weekend’s worth of thought, the legislators supporting the idea for state aid to be sent out of public school districts with students decided it wasn’t ready for passage.   “I think there’s just too many things we’re not going to get pulled in line this year,” Rep. Kalep Weis said of his legislation,
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February28

Reps repeal MBC appraisal requirement

Representatives removed a requirement related to minor boundary changes recently.   House Education committee members voted 14-0 and the full House voted 67-1 to pass House Bill 1255, which removes the requirement for a mandatory appraisal in minor boundary changes.   HB 1255 repeals “the requirement that an appraisal be completed as a condition of
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February27

Senate comm. scraps Sentinel reimbursement bill

A Senate committee defeated a bill reimbursing schools for training costs related to the Sentinel program.   On a 7-2 vote, Senate Appropriations committee members tabled House Bill 1152, which provides financial assistance for school sentinel training. ASBSD was monitoring the bill.   HB 1152 sought to provide a $1,500 reimbursement – paid by the S.D.
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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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February24

New school system bill sent to Senate floor

After three committee hearings, an amended version of a bill creating a new school system reached the Senate floor.   Senate Education committee members voted 7-0 in favor of Senate Bill 66, which creates and funds Oceti Sakowin community-based schools.   SB 66 would allow the proposed school to seek sponsorship with a school district,
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