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February12

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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February11

Join ASBSD & COSA online for an upcoming School Law Webinar

The best minds in school law in South Dakota are bringing their vast knowledge and information to you in a series of eight School Law Webinars.   Administrators attending can earn 1 CEU hour and Board members attending can earn 20 ALL points for their board!   Join COSA and ASBSD one afternoon a month
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February10

Senate sends open meeting amendment bill to House

Flexibility in open meeting requirements found favor in the Senate.   Senate Bill 91, which revises open meeting requirements, passed the Senate State Affairs committee on a 9-0 vote and the full Senate on a 30-0 vote.   ASBSD supports the bill, which amends the public comment period at meetings by putting the period with
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February09

Gender dysphoria instruction bill on way to House floor

Lengthy debate led to a narrow vote on a bill dictating instruction in schools.   House Education committee members voted 9-6 to pass House Bill 1108, which prohibits gender dysphoria instruction in public schools.   HB 1108 was amended to reference gender dysphoria, which involves a conflict between a person’s physical or assigned gender and the
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February06

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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February05

Military family residency requirement bill reaches Gov’s desk

A bill alleviating residency requirement constraints on students of military families only awaits the governor’s signature before becoming law.   House Bill 1044, which authorizes enrollment in a school district to which a students’ family is locating to, due to military transfer, passed the Senate Military and Veteran Affairs committee on a 5-0 vote and
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February04

Homeland Security grants available

Security grants for school districts are available.   The S.D. Department of Education is accepting applications for Homeland Security grant funding until Friday, February 15 at 5 p.m. (CST).     Funding will be awarded for one-time projects that have a connection to a Homeland Security mission and school related projects could include, access control
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February04

Education comm. amends, passes motto bill

After some debate, a bill permitting the posting of the national motto in schools passed committee.   Senate Bill 55, which allows public schools to display the national motto of the United States in their school buildings, was amended and passed by the Senate Education committee.   Initially, SB 55 required school districts to post
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February04

Exec. session bill bound for Gov’s desk

Safety plan discussion in executive session is a step away from law after Tuesday’s legislative action.   Senators passed House Bill 1048, which permits a school board to discuss and deliberate school safety plans, and other provisions, in executive session, on a 32-0 vote. The unanimous vote marked the fourth time the bill didn’t receive one “nay.”  
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February03

Senate sends settlement prohibition bill to House

A bill keeping the government from entering into confidential settlements saw its way across the Capitol hall.   Senate Bill 59, which prohibits the state or a political subdivision from including a nondisclosure or confidentiality agreement in a settlement, passed the Senate Judiciary committee on a 5-0 vote and full Senate, 23-10.   Sen. Arthur
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