The 2022 legislative session begins on Tuesday, January 11th and the 97th legislative session features many important days during which many pieces of K-12 related legislation will be debated and voted on.
Thursday, February 3rd marks the final day for bills and joint resolutions while an important day for public schools comes on Tuesday, February 15th when the Joint Appropriations committee adopts revenue projections for Fiscal Year 2023, which could have an effect on proposed 6 percent increase in state aid.
February’s final week marks “Crossover Day”, which means all bills have to be passed through the original chamber they were introduced in order to continue on in the legislative process, on Wednesday, February 23rd, as well as the deadline for the Joint Appropriations committee to deliver the general fund bill to its chamber of origin on Friday, February 25th.
On Thursday, March 3rd all bills and resolutions – except for the general fund bill – must pass from committee to the floor of the chamber they are located and Monday, March 7th is the day any remaining bills and resolutions must be headed to Gov. Noem’s desk to be signed into law.
Session’s remaining three days will accommodate any conference committees needed for the House and Senate to attempt to reach an agreement on a disputed bill and for the passage of the general fund bill, with the final full day of session set for Thursday, March 10th.
Finally, legislative session comes to an official end on Monday, March 28th with “Veto Day.”