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February12

2019 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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February09

House Ed. passes two-year averaging proposal

A proposal calling for the return of two-year averaging passed committee.   On an 8-5 vote, House Bill 1127, which includes two-year averaging in the fall enrollment calculation for state aid, passed the House Education committee.   Two-year averaging was removed from the fall enrollment count in 2016 as part of the Blue Ribbon Task
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February08

Other rev. equalization bill bound for Appropriations

Other revenue equalization entered the legislative fray.   House Bill 1109, which repeals other revenue equalization, passed the House Education committee on a 10-5 vote.   Equalization of other revenue dollars collected by school districts from six different tax areas came in 2016 as part of the Blue Ribbon Task Force package that increased in
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February06

2019 ASBSD guide for current and potential school board members

ASBSD’s guide will prepare new, current and potential school board candidates for their role on the board.   ASBSD Leadership Development Director Dr. Randy Royer has revised and updated a brief video guide (and printable presentation) to share with new, current and potential school board members.   “The latest edition of the guide walks interested individuals through the steps of becoming a
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February01

One more LAN Training Webinar scheduled

Advocating on behalf of our public school system is an important job and ASBSD’s Legislative Action Network (LAN) steps up to take on that task.   With the 2019 legislative session having begun, we need LAN members to be read to communicate to legislators the positions of ASBSD and their local board on legislative issues relating to public
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January28

One bill bounced by, one bill backed by comm.

Two bills crossed the Capitol hall from the Senate to the House, but just one made it out of latter’s education committee.   House Education committee members passed Senate Bill 23, which revises references to repealed or obsolete provisions related to DOE, on a 13-1 vote, but defeated Senate Bill 24, which revises certain provisions
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January26

Gov. Noem proposes 2.5 percent increase in state aid

Gov. Kristi Noem came up with proposed funding for state aid above what’s required by law in the first budget address of her tenure.   Gov. Noem’s budget proposal for Fiscal Year 2020 included an increase to state aid of 2.5 percent, which is 0.2 percent higher than what’s required in state statute, as inflation came
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January22

Special Education task force bill bound for House

A proposed study of special education saw its way across the hall in the Capitol.   The Senate Education committee (5-1) and full Senate (29-5) passed Senate Bill 3, which creates the Special Education Task Force to further examine special education in South Dakota.   ASBSD supports the bill.   We need to have a
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January21

Gov. Noem requests joint session to share budget proposal

Gov. Kristi Noem’s official budget proposal is coming this week.   Last Thursday (1/17), Gov. Noem sent official request to the South Dakota Legislature’s House and Senate for a joint session of the chambers on Wednesday, January 23 beginning at 1 p.m.   “I will be giving my budget address, which will outline a lot
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January20

Amended ECO board bill passes committee

A bill resetting the membership of a special education oversight board and establishing it in state statute started its journey forward in the legislature on Thursday (1/17).   Senate Education committee members unanimously passed Senate Bill 1, which establishes the Extraordinary Cost Oversight Board in state statute and amends membership.   The bill emanated from
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