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March06

2019 ASBSD guide for current and potential school board members

ASBSD’s guide will prepare new, current and potential school board candidates for their role on the board.   ASBSD Leadership Development Director Dr. Randy Royer has revised and updated a brief video guide (and printable presentation) to share with new, current and potential school board members.   “The latest edition of the guide walks interested individuals through the steps of becoming a
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March05

Motto posting bill makes way to Gov. with hold harmless clause included

Local control may have lost out on the motto posting bill, but legislators agreed to protect the schools for following the mandate.   House members amended and passed Senate Bill 55, which requires public schools to display the national motto of the United States – “In God We Trust” – in a prominent location in
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March05

ECO Board bill bound for Gov.

A bill resetting the membership of a special education oversight board and establishing it in state statute is headed to the governor.   After unanimous votes by the House Education and full House, Senate Bill 1, which establishes the Extraordinary Cost Oversight Board in state statute and amends membership, headed to Gov. Kristi Noem for
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March04

Bill amending open meeting requirements bound for Gov.

Committee members concurred in providing flexibility in open meeting requirements.   On an 8-0 vote, House State Affairs passed Senate Bill 91, which revises open meeting requirements, and placed it on consent on the Senate floor agenda, all but ensuring it will reach Gov. Kristi Noem’s desk.   ASBSD supports the bill, which amends the public
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March02

Emergency clause added to opioid antagonist access bill

An amended version of a bill permitting schools to access opioid antagonists reached the governor’s desk.   Representatives amended and passed Senate Bill 84, which permits a school district to possess and, if needed, administer opioid antagonists, on a 69-0 vote. With Senators concurring with the amendments on a 34-0 vote.   The amended version
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March01

Bill adjusting special education rebasing period passed

A bill rebasing special education funding flew through the final steps in the legislative process.   House Bill 1001, which requires the recalculation of the special education disability levels’ amount allocation to take place every two years, passed Senate Education on a 7-0 vote and the full Senate on a 33-0 vote.   ASBSD supports
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February28

Committee resets civics test bill

Committee members returned the civics test bill back to its original form recently.   Senate Education committee members amended House Bill 1066, requires students to take a civics test before graduating from high school, back to the bill’s original form and passed it on a 5-2 vote.   When it initially reached the committee, HB 1066
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February28

2019 Legislative Cracker Barrels

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.   Please
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February26

Local control aspect removed in motto posting bill

Local control lost out in a legislative committee.   On a 10-2 vote, House State Affairs committee members approved an amended version of Senate Bill 55, which requires public schools to display the national motto of the United States – “In God We Trust” – in a prominent location in their buildings with, at minimum,
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February25

Senate sends K-12 levy bills to House

The K-12 education levy bills advanced in the legislature.   Senators passed Senate Bill 179, which revises the property tax levies for the general fund of school districts and for state aid, on a 33-1 vote, and Senate Bill 182, which revises the special education property tax levy for school districts and the special education
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