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February05

Immunization bill inches closer to Gov’s desk

A bill that would align state law with HIPAA regulations in order for schools and other entities to continue to access child immunization records is one step away from full endorsement by the legislature.   House Bill 1059 passed the Senate Health and Human Services committee on a 4-2 vote on Wednesday, leaving it only
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February03

No nay votes cast in two Senate votes

Senators unanimously passed two bills being tracked by ASBSD.   Senate Bill 89 would require school districts to develop safety plans and conduct lockdown drills.   The bill’s main sponsor, Sen. Larry Tidemann, said schools have fire and tornado drills, but this legislation would require them to have a plan in place should a school
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January30

Immunization record bill moves to Senate

House Bill 1059, which aligns state law with HIPAA regulations in order for schools and other entities to continue to access child immunization records, is headed for the Senate after Representatives passed the bill on a 45-24 vote.   “This is a matter of public health,” Rep. Karen Soli said of the bill.   HB
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January29

School safety plan bill sent to Senate floor

A bill that would require school districts to develop safety plans and conduct of lockdown drills was unanimously approved by members of the Senate Education committee on Thursday (1/29).   “School boards and teachers and administrators are all concerned with the safety of our kids,” ASBSD Executive Director Wade Pogany testified in support of Senate
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January28

Decision delayed on counselor privilege bill

The decision on a bill that added a new provision to school counselor privilege was delayed until a later date after much hand wringing at Wednesday’s (1/28) House Education Committee meeting.   House Bill 1077 would require parental approval to waive a school counselor privilege for a student under age sixteen.   HB 1077’s sponsor
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January28

Committee advances abuse reporting bill

Members of the Senate State Affairs committee unanimously advanced a bill related to the initial reporting of child abuse.   Senate Bill 70 requires the person or persons who witnessed the first disclosure or evidence of child abuse are available when the initial report of the abuse is made to authorities.   Sen. Deb Soholt
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January06

ASBSD’s legislative direction

One of the most important steps in ASBSD’s preparation for legislative session each year is Delegate Assembly.   The legislative direction of the Association is set with approval of resolutions and standing positions by member districts.   Download the approved standing positions and resolutions by clicking on the links or visit the Publications and Forms page on the ASBSD website.   For the 2015 legislative session,
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December02

Delegates set legislative direction for ASBSD at Assembly

Delegates from 81 school districts voted to set the legislative direction of ASBSD at last month’s Delegate Assembly. The voting school board members approved 11 standing positions and 30 resolutions.   Download the approved standing positions and resolutions by clicking on the links or visit the Publications and Forms page on the ASBSD website.  
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November20

Districts set legislative direction at Delegate Assembly

ASBSD’s Delegate Assembly is the time and place to voice your district’s legislative agenda and establish your state school board association’s legislative direction.   It is essential for member districts to appoint a delegate and have them attend Delegate Assembly to vote on ASBSD’s resolutions and standing positions, which dictate the legislative direction of the
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September19

2014-15 Bus Pact available for download

ASBSD has continued its coordinating role for the Emergency School Bus Mutual Assistance Pact between school districts, which operates in the event a bus traveling outside of its home district fails and is in need of assistance.   In accordance with the provisions of the Pact, in an emergency situation a school bus driver, or
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