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February14

HB 1214: Comm. concurs with conflict of interest bill

A bill outlining conflict of interest disclosures passed a legislative committee recently.   House Bill 1214, which regulates conflicts of interest, unanimously passed the House State Affairs committee after a brief hearing.   “This (bill) would provide a process for everyone to follow,” Rep. Mark Mickelson, the bill’s sponsor, said. “I think the public would
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February10

Halfway through session, public ed. bills moving quickly

Legislation is crossing chambers and headed to the governor’s desk quickly as the 91st legislative session crosses its halfway point. Here’s a brief rundown on the action taken on a few of the bills ASBSD is tracking.   House Bill 1056, which clarifies language from legislation passed last year, ensuring a veteran would receive an
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February07

SB 73: Committee forwards email meeting bill

Legislative committee members forwarded on a bill prohibiting impromptu email meetings of government bodies.   Senate State Affairs committee members unanimously attached their vote of confidence to Senate Bill 73, which clarifies what constitutes an open meeting and includes electronic medium meetings under open meeting’s law.   Sen. Corey Brown, the bill’s sponsor, said the
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February05

SB 90: Bill permitting public to record meeting passed by comm.

Legislative committee members agreed with the premise of a bill allowing a public meeting to be recorded.   Senate Judiciary voted 6-0 to pass Senate Bill 90, which ensures that members of the public can record a public meeting via audio or video so long as it is not disruptive. ASBSD is monitoring the bill.
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February03

HB 1102: Bid law timeline extension bill advances

Legislative committee members favored a bill expanding the bid process timeline.   House Bill 1102, which expands the period from 30 to 45 days for the opening of bids to the time the contract must be awarded, passed the House Local Government committee on a 12-1 vote on Tuesday (2/2).   “Thirty days is simply
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January31

Join us at 2016 ASBSD Legislative Day

ASBSD invites school board members and administrators from member districts to our 2016 Legislative Day on Tuesday, February 16.   ASBSD Legislative Day is a day of advocacy and action in support of public education and celebration of the service of our school board members as part of South Dakota School Board Recognition Week.     School
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January27

SB 5: Minor boundary change proposal passes comm.

The minor boundary change process took its first step towards change on Tuesday (1/26).   Members of the Senate Education committee passed Senate Bill 5, which revises the process of school district boundary change, on a 5-0 vote. ASBSD supports the bill.   “We believe it’s a good resolution for stabilizing district boundaries,” ASBSD Director
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January19

ASBSD’s 2016 legislative resources

The 2016 legislative session begins Tuesday (Jan. 12) and ASBSD has you covered for coverage of the daily occurrences in the legislature.   Three ASBSD resources will help you keep up-to-date on the 91st legislative session and informed about ASBSD Bill Tracker ASBSD Blog Legislative Session Documents List of Legislative Cracker Barrels ASBSD Bill Tracker provides you
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December29

The important dates of the 2016 legislative calendar

We’re coming up on the 2016 legislative and it’s time to take a look at the calendar.   The 38 days in the 91st legislative session’s calendar begin on January 12 with the State of the State Address from Gov. Dennis Daugaard expected to be highlighted by his proposal related to improving teacher salaries.     As
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December01

Has your district appointed an ASBSD LAN member?

It’s time again to activate the ASBSD Legislative Action Network (LAN).   The 2016 legislative session is two months away and we’re preparing our member districts for session through LAN, which is designed to activate local school board members to communicate to legislators the positions of ASBSD and their local board on legislative issues relating to public
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