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February28

Settlement bill sent to 41st day

Two days after its hearing, defeat came for a bill prohibiting certain settlement options for the state and other political subdivisions.   On Wednesday (2/28), House Judiciary committee members voted 10-3 to defeat Senate Bill 84, which prohibits the state of South Dakota or any political subdivision from entering into a settlement agreement that includes
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February27

Two bills related to education on way to gov

Two bills related to education made their way to the governor’s desk on Tuesday (2-27).   House members passed Senate Bill 83, which authorizes certain patriotic societies access to public schools, on a 58-6 vote.   The bill permits representatives of a patriotic society, such as the Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts or other patriotic societies
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February27

Restraint and seclusion policy passes House, set for Conf. Comm.

An agreement between chambers on amendments made to a bill requiring districts adopt a restraint and seclusion policy is all that keeps the legislation from the governor’s desk.   Representatives passed Senate Bill 46, which requires school districts to adopt a policy limiting the use of restraint and seclusion, on a 37-27 vote.   The
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February23

Audit report bill advances

A bill ensuring audit reports are in the hands of board members crossed chambers last week.   Senators passed Senate Bill 100, which establishes certain provisions related to grant monitoring and review, on a 33-2 vote.   Sen. Deb Peters, the bill’s prime sponsor, said SB 100 would “make sure people are handling (audits) in
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February20

2018 Election Workshop webinars

The Election Workshop webinar schedule for 2018 is set.   The Secretary of State’s office, Associated School Boards of South Dakota and the South Dakota Municipal League will co-sponsor four FREE workshop webinars in 2018.   The FREE Election Workshop webinars will span four different days in January and March; each covering a different topics. There will be two separate webinar
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February20

Two bills aim to adjust funding accountability

Two bills aimed at adjusting school funding accountability cleared their committee hearings on Tuesday (2/20).   Senate Education committee members passed Senate Bill 213, which revises certain education funding provisions, on a 5-1 vote. The bill was initially introduced as a vehicle bill.   SB 213 would tie a teacher compensation increase for the next
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February15

Three house bills passed

Three house bills passed out of the legislative chambers on Wednesday (2/14).   Senators passed House Bill 1099, which revises certain provisions regarding dual education credit, on a 25-8 vote. The bill had previously passed the Senate Education committee, 5-1.   “This program has been a great success,” Sen. Jim Bolin said during discussion on the
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February13

School ceremonies sole focus of amended regalia bill

A bill permitting an individual to wear tribal regalia at some events took a turn aimed solely at schools on Tuesday (2/13).   House members passed an amended version of House Bill 1252, which Prohibits certain government entities from prohibiting any person from wearing traditional tribal regalia or objects of cultural significance at a school honoring
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February12

Committee rejects policy mandate bill

School boards will continue to have control over facilities policy.   House Bill 1296, which requires each school board to establish a policy on the use of certain school district facilities by transgender persons, fell on a 11-1 vote by the House Judiciary committee on Monday (2/12).   ASBSD opposed the bill.   “The issue
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February09

Homeschool participation bill revived, then delayed

After being revived the debate on homeschool participation has been delayed.   Representatives brought back House Bill 1120, which permits students receiving alternative instruction be deemed academically eligible by complying with alternative instruction requirements and allowed to participate in activities sponsored by the SDHSAA, on the chamber floor this week.   Through what’s known as the
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