The important dates of the 2016 legislative calendar

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The important dates of the 2016 legislative calendar

We’re coming up on the 2016 legislative and it’s time to take a look at the calendar.


The 38 days in the 91st legislative session’s calendar begin on January 12 with the State of the State Address from Gov. Dennis Daugaard expected to be highlighted by his proposal related to improving teacher salaries.


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As the beginning of February comes, an end for bills to be introduced for session follows on Friday, February 5, which is also the final day ASBSD is taking submissions for The Good News Bulletin, so get those in, as well.


Legislative Day


A staple of legislative session is ASBSD’s Legislative Day, which will be held on Tuesday, February 16 AND this year will coincide with South Dakota School Board Recognition Week. Look for more info coming this month on School Board Recognition Week, scheduled for Feb. 15-19.


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The 2016 legislative session hits the homestretch with “Crossover Day” on Wednesday, February 24, which means all bills have to be passed through the chamber they were introduced in order to continue.


All bills – save for the general fund bill – and resolutions must pass both legislative chambers by Tuesday, March 8 and the final full day of session is set for Friday, March 11.


Finally, legislative session comes to an official end on Tuesday, March 29 with “Veto Day.”


As always, updates from legislative session can be found almost daily on the ASBSD Blog, Twitter feed and Bill Tracker page.

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