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March11

Partridge Amendment adjustment at legislative crossroad

What a difference a few weeks has made in the conversation about adjusting the state sales tax rate.   House Bill 1265 and Senate Bill 86 each passed their respective chambers as their plans to adjust the Partridge Amendment, however, upon reaching the other sides of the Capitol, the State Affairs committees of each chamber
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March07

2019 Collective Bargaining Seminars scheduled this month

ASBSD will host three Collective Bargaining Seminars in March to assist school board members and administrators when negotiating the 2019-2020 contract with teachers (and, support staff, if support staff has a recognized bargaining unit).   The 2019 Collective Bargaining Seminars schedule includes:   The seminars will include a short overview of the law with a
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February28

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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February25

Senate sends K-12 levy bills to House

The K-12 education levy bills advanced in the legislature.   Senators passed Senate Bill 179, which revises the property tax levies for the general fund of school districts and for state aid, on a 33-1 vote, and Senate Bill 182, which revises the special education property tax levy for school districts and the special education
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February25

House’s version of Partridge Amendment adjustment passed

It took two votes, but a second bill aiming to lower the state’s sales tax rate, albeit in a different manner, made its way across the Capitol hall.   Representatives passed House Bill 1265, which provides a mechanism to lower the sales tax rate if revenue collection provisions are reached, on a 38-30 vote, not
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February23

Approps oust other rev. equalization repeal bill

Other revenue will remain on the equalization track.   House Appropriators voted 8-1 to defeat House Bill 1109, which repeals other revenue equalization.   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 teacher pay. A five-year step down period began this
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February23

Two-year averaging turned away by Approps

Two-year averaging was turned away by a legislative committee.   On an 8-1 vote, House Appropriations committee members defeated House Bill 1127, which includes two-year averaging in the fall enrollment calculation for state aid. The bill had been previously passed by the House Education committee, but was referred to Appropriations on the House floor.  
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February20

Changes to capital outlay will wait another year

Changes to capital outlay will have to wait another year.   House Taxation committee members voted against House Bill 1141, which increases the cap on the Capital Outlay fund to $3,800, on a 10-2 vote.   The vote against HB 1141 came just days after Representatives defeated House Bill 1139, which repeals the $2,800 cap
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February20

Cap Outlay cap repeal bill bounced

The caps on capital outlay appear as though they’ll remain in place for another year.   House members voted 33-35 on House Bill 1139, which repeals the $2,800 cap on the Capital Outlay fund and permits a school district to levy up to $3 per $1,000 of valuation, annually, on Tuesday (2-19), and a vote
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February18

Appropriators adopt revenue projections

Revenue projections for the upcoming fiscal year’s budget were higher than expected, but the figures adopted were only slightly more than what was proposed.   Members of the Joint Appropriations committee approved revenue projections for the Fiscal Year 2020 budget totaling $1.701 billion, which is an increase above what was proposed by Gov. Kristi Noem
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