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February06

Community-school bill defeated in Senate

A proposal to create a community-school system within a public school district fell in the Senate.   On a 12-20 vote, Senators defeated an amended version of Senate Bill 68, which creates and funds Oceti Sakowin community-based schools. The end comes after the bill passed through the Senate Education committee, but was defeated on its
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February04

Two bills benefitting schools are headed for the gov’s desk

Two bills benefitting schools are headed for the governor’s desk.   House Bill 1082, which changes the LEP term to English Learner and amends the EL adjustment for the 2021-22 school year, passed the Senate Education committee on a 6-0 vote and the full Senate on a 31-0 vote, after previously passing the House Education
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March01

C-O certificate referendum bill reaches Senate

A bill attempting to dictate the election dates for referred capital outlay certificates cleared the House.   An amended version of House Bill 1263, which requires capital outlay certificate referendum votes be held in conjunction with a general election, passed the House State Affairs committee on an 11-1 vote and the full House on a
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February15

Wind energy exclusion bill exits session

Legislators had other plans for an other revenue equalization exclusion.   Senators defeated Senate Bill 111, which excludes certain wind energy tax revenue from the state aid formula, on a 12-22 vote on Tuesday (2/11).   SB 111 would have excluded wind energy from the current other revenue equalization process by going through an eight year
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March02

Emergency clause added to opioid antagonist access bill

An amended version of a bill permitting schools to access opioid antagonists reached the governor’s desk.   Representatives amended and passed Senate Bill 84, which permits a school district to possess and, if needed, administer opioid antagonists, on a 69-0 vote. With Senators concurring with the amendments on a 34-0 vote.   The amended version
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February28

Committee resets civics test bill

Committee members returned the civics test bill back to its original form recently.   Senate Education committee members amended House Bill 1066, requires students to take a civics test before graduating from high school, back to the bill’s original form and passed it on a 5-2 vote.   When it initially reached the committee, HB 1066
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February24

Latest assessment bill passes first legislative test

The latest assessment bill passed its first legislative test.   Senate Bill 188, which revises certain provisions regarding state tests, passed the Senate on a 33-1 vote after being amended and passed by Senate Education committee members 4-0.   Sen. Jim Bolin called the bill a “redo” of Senate Bill 24, which did essentially the
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February14

Opioid antagonist access bill passed by House comm.

One final legislative hurdle remains for a bill allowing schools access to opioid antagonists.   House Health and Human Services committee members passed Senate Bill 84, which permits a school district to possess and, if needed, administer opioid antagonists, on a 12-0 vote.   SB 84 permits a school board to acquire opioid antagonists, as it
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February06

Access to opioid antagonists for schools approved by Senate

A bill allowing schools access to opioid antagonists crossed the Capitol hall.   On a 33-0 vote, Senators passed Senate Bill 84, which permits a school district to possess and, if needed, administer opioid antagonists.   SB 84 permits a school board to acquire opioid antagonists, as it would be directed in state law and administrative
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February01

Bill permitting schools access to opioid antagonists through comm.

School districts being able to acquire opioid antagonists got a step closer.   Senate Health and Human Services committee members passed Senate Bill 84, which permits a school district to possess and, if needed, administer opioid antagonists, on a 7-0 vote.   SB 84 permits a school board to acquire opioid antagonists, as it would
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