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March13

No legislation on limiting of capital outlay

As the frantic work by legislators began on adopting South Dakota’s fiscal year 2016 budget a topic that dominated the lead in to and first weeks of legislative session faded away entirely.   Capital Outlay received very little in the way of discussion – aside from the passage of Senate Bill 191 and tabling of House
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March13

Schools in line to receive two percent increase in state aid

After some debate, it was decided the manner in which schools would receive a two percent increase in state aid proposed by Gov. Dennis Daugaard had to pass.   Senators voted 26-7 and Representatives 48-18 to pass Senate Bill 53, which provides the proposed two percent increase to the state aid formula and brings the per-student
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March11

Appropriators adopt revenue projections

With the revenue projections presented the financial parameters were set for South Dakota’s fiscal year 2016 budget.   Legislative appropriators adopted the revenue projection recommendations presented by the appropriations subcommittee for the FY16 budget, as well as the FY15 updated projections.   Rep. Dan Dryden said the revenue projections presented by the Bureau of Finance
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March11

Conference committees appointed, bills passed on 36th legislative day

Along with the adoption of revenue projections, the 36th legislative day featured the appointment of legislative conference committees and the ratification of three K-12 related education.   A legislative conference committee consists of a group of Senators and Representatives who review a bill that has been amended in one or both chambers and attempt to
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March11

Two percent increase bill amended and passed

Change came to the bill providing schools the proposed two percent increase in state aid, but members of the House were confident in their ability to find enough funds for the increase to stay in place.   The House voted 66-2 to pass an amended version of Senate Bill 53, which would provide the proposed
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March10

House sends three bills back to Senate for review

Three K-12 related bills were passed by the House during Wednesday (3/10) morning’s session.   Senate Bill 132, which would allow districts leeway to offer a signing bonus, moving expenses, or tuition reimbursement to a teacher employed in the school district, passed on a 53-13 vote.   ASBSD supports the bill.   Rep. Jacqueline Sly said
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March09

House Appropriations committee passes three K-12 funding bills

Three K-12 related bills passed the House Appropriations committee to start the final week of 90th legislative session.   House Appropriators approved Senate Bill 53, which would provide the proposed two percent increase to the state aid formula and bring the per-student allocation to approximately $4,877 for the 2015-16 school year.   At two percent,
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March09

Revenue projections presented to appropriators

Revenue projections for South Dakota were not rosy.   Representatives from South Dakota Bureau of Finance and Management and Legislative Research Council presented the projections to legislative appropriators on Monday (3/9).   Compared to the projections proposed by Gov. Dennis Daugaard during his Budget Address in December, BFM projects an approximately $10 million shortfall and
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March09

No resolution on bill promoting public funding be used for private school scholarships

Resolution on a bill that would divert public funding towards non-public school scholarships remains unclear.   Senate Bill 189, which would provide a tax credit to insurance companies contributing money to an organization that provides funding to cover the cost of a student enrolling in a private school and for instructional supply grants for teachers,
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