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March07

Bill permitting Appropriators to act on waivers on to Gov.

A bill providing appropriators more options when it comes to acting on accountability waivers got through to the governor.   Senators passed an amended House Bill 1166, which provides the Joint or Interim Appropriations committee the power to approve, amend or deny teacher compensation waivers, on a 30-3 vote.   An amendment added on the Senate floor adds a step
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March06

Audit report bill on to Gov.

The audit report bill is headed for the governor’s desk for signature.   By a unanimous vote, House members passed Senate Bill 100, which establishes certain provisions related to grant monitoring and review.   The main portions of the bill affecting school boards require the department or firm performing the audit furnish a copy of the audit
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March05

Public comment bill passed comm. on to floor

A bill potentially conflicting school board policy on public comment during meetings reached the Senate floor.   Senate Local Government committee members passed House Bill 1172, which revises certain provisions regarding meetings of certain public bodies, on a 4-2 vote in a hearing that stretched over two meetings.   HB 1172 requires school boards – and
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March04

Audit report bill reaches House floor

Just one legislative hurdle remains before a bill ensuring audit reports are in the hands of board members reaches the governor.   House Appropriators passed Senate Bill 100, which establishes certain provisions related to grant monitoring and review, on an 8-0 vote.   ASBSD supports the bill.   “We agree wholeheartedly with the pieces you see
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March01

Resident district notification bill reaches Senate floor

A bill clarifying the law on a student’s resident district cleared another legislative hurdle.   Senate Education committee members passed House Bill 1114, which establishes certain requirements for students enrolling in resident school districts or assigned schools after participating in open enrollment, on a 5-1 vote.   HB 1114 allows a student who has open enrolled out
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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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