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February20

2018 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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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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February14

Restraint and seclusion school policy bill passed by comm.

An amended edition of the restraint and seclusion policy bill passed committee on Wednesday (2/14).   House Education committee members unanimously approved Senate Bill 46, which requires school districts to adopt a policy limiting the use of restraint and seclusion.   The amended version of SB 46 removed the training provision that was initially required
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February13

Lunch shaming bill defeated in comm., smoked-out on Senate floor

A bill prohibiting lunch shaming in schools succumbed in a close committee vote, but a successful smoke-out attempt advanced it.   On Tuesday (2/13), Senate Education committee members voted 4-3 against Senate Bill 162, which prohibits school lunch shaming. However, a smoke-out attempt succeeded on the Senate floor and resulted in Senate Education committee members
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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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February13

Debate to participate ends in House

The debate to participate came to an end in the House, for now.   On a 28-38 vote, members of the House defeated 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 Monday.   The
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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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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

Tribal regalia bill reaches House floor

A bill permitting an individual to wear tribal regalia at some events passed committee on Wednesday (2/7).   House Judiciary members passed House Bill 1252, which prohibits certain government entities from restricting the wearing of tribal regalia during certain events, on an 8-4 vote.   HB 1252 specifically references “any award ceremony, graduation ceremony, or
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