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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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February23

Decision delayed on bill creating school choice funding account

A decision on a bill sending state aid with students leaving public schools has been delayed.   House Education committee members did not finish the bill hearing on House Bill 1258, which provides for child safety accounts for students subject to certain safety incidents, and will continue their discussion on Monday, February 24.   Sen.
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February21

Bill reimbursing schools for Sentinel training to Senate

A bill reimbursing schools for training costs related to the Sentinel program crossed the Capitol hall.   House Bill 1152, which provides financial assistance for school sentinel training, passed the House of Representatives on a 45-25 vote last week.   HB 1152 would provide a $1,500 reimbursement – paid by the S.D. Department of Education – to school districts
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February19

State aid increase in play after revenue figures higher than December’s numbers

The chances of schools seeing an increase in state aid were buoyed by last week’s adopted revenue projections.   Members of the Joint Appropriations committee adopted revenue projections for Fiscal Year 2021 $19 million higher than what was projected by Gov. Kristi Noem during her budget address in December, which did not include a proposed
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February17

Opt-out referral bill defeated on House floor

A proposal to remove the permanence of specific opt-outs found its way out of committee, but floundered when it reached the floor.   House Bill 1159, which allows for referral of opt-outs approved prior to 2002, passed the House Taxation committee on a 9-3 vote, but failed on the House floor on a vote of
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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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February12

ASBSD Board of Directors meeting agenda: February, 2020

Below you will find the meeting agenda for the ASBSD Board of Directors meeting being held in Pierre, SD on Monday, February 17. A PDF version of the agenda can be downloaded on the Publications & Forms page.   ASBSD Board of Directors Ramkota River Center, 12:00 p.m., Pierre, SD   Call to Order – President Lutkemeier 1.1
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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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February11

FY20 revenue remains ahead, FY21 projections coming Thursday

A major day in deciding what school funding will look like for the next school year is coming up.   The Joint Appropriations committee will hear revenue projections on Wednesday, February 12 and adopt revenue projections for the upcoming fiscal year the following day. Those figures will assuredly play a role in whether or not
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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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