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February08

Audit report bill reaches Senate floor

A bill ensuring audit reports are in the hands of board members advanced in the legislature on Thursday (2/8).   In a unanimous vote, Senate Appropriators 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
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February06

Public comment requirement bill bound for Senate

The crux of a public comment bill remains unclear as it heads across the hall.   Representatives passed House Bill 1172, which revises certain provisions regarding meetings of certain public bodies, on a 60-8 vote on Wednesday (2/6).   HB 1172 requires school boards – and other political subdivisions – to provide public comment at
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February05

Two bills trek towards the Senate

Two bills trekked across the Capitol building hall towards the Senate this week.   House Bill 1221, which expands the partners in education tax credit program, passed the House Education committee on a 13-0 vote and the House on a 62-5 vote.   Sen. Kevin Killer said the addition would make one new school eligible
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February03

Two school board related bills take divergent paths in House

Two school board related bills took divergent paths on Friday (2/2).   House State Affairs members defeated House Bill 1211, which requires all property tax opt out decisions be referred to a vote, on an 8-5 vote.   ASBSD opposed the bill.   ASBSD Executive Director Wade Pogany testified in opposition of the bill citing
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February01

Board election info bill heads to Gov’s desk

The first school board related bill is headed to the Governor’s desk, but it’s one with an unclear aim.   Members of the House of Representatives passed Senate Bill 66, which requires school boards to post information related to school district elections within their board minutes, on a 58-9 vote on Thursday (2/1). The House’s
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February01

Bill prohibiting confidentiality settlements heads to House

A bill hampering the legal settlement options available to the state and other political subdivisions headed for the House on Thursday (2/1).   Senate Bill 84, which prohibits the state of South Dakota or any political subdivision from entering into a settlement agreement that includes a nondisclosure or confidentiality clause, passed the Senate on a
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January29

Two different actions on ed. bills on Chamber floors

The Capitol’s Chamber floors saw two different actions on education related bills on Tuesday (1/30).   Representatives passed House Bill 1045, which transfers $7.2 million to the general fund to support state aid to education in Fiscal Year 2018, on a 66-1 vote.   The bill is not in its final form and will be adjusted
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January25

Bill prohibiting confidentiality settlements passes comm.

A bill hampering the legal settlement options available to the state and other political subdivisions found its way out of committee this week.   The Senate Judiciary committee passed Senate Bill 84, which prohibits the state of South Dakota or any political subdivision from entering into a settlement agreement that includes a nondisclosure or confidentiality
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January23

Kirkegaard, Sly and Guffin appointments approved by Senate

Three key appointments in education were approved earlier this week.   Members of the Senate voted to approve Don Kirkegaard as Secretary of Education, as well as former Rep. Jacqueline Sly and Aberdeen Superintendent Becky Guffin as members of the South Dakota Board of Education Standards.   “The man has dedicated his life to education,”
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January22

Printed names on public contracts bill passed through House

Committee members advanced a bill increasing the transparency of the names of those who sign public contracts.   House Bill 1100, which requires a name be printed on public contracts, passed the House State Affairs committee by a unanimous vote on Monday (1/22) and the House of Representatives passed the bill on a 65-1 vote.
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