Four local control linked bills leapt out of the House.
The bill adds cybersecurity plans and other computer related documents to those protected by the open records law and includes the list of the subjects protected in the open records law to those that can be discussed in executive session.
Gov. Kristi Noem will review and potentially sign House Bill 1185, which allows a Native American student to wear a beaded cap at a graduation ceremony, after it passed Senate Education 7-0 and the Senate 34-0, following its passage in the House.
The bill, which was monitored by ASBSD, permits a Native American student to wear “an appropriate beaded graduation cap at a school honoring or graduation ceremony” and does provide that “a school administrator may determine if a beaded graduation cap is appropriate.” The bill does not take effect until the 2022-23 school year.
Rep. Phil Jensen, the bill’s prime sponsor, said “perhaps this bill will help” students remember the state motto since it’s included on the state seal and mandated for display in schools.
It’s a mandate that Rep. Tim Goodwin may be unnecessary.
“We sit here and we talk about local control. We talk about less government. Then we mandate something,” Rep. Goodwin said. “I’m not against the state motto. I just think this is something that we shouldn’t do at this level.”
Initially, the bill contained broad language aimed at all governmental entities and individuals being prohibited to “abridge or encroach upon” the “fundamental right” of a parent “to make decisions” for their child but included no definition or description of what constituted as a violation.
Rep. Sue Peterson, the bill’s prime sponsor, said “this would not upset rules within schools” rather “affirm” a parent’s right “to be present in the school.”
ASBSD Executive Director Wade Pogany testified in opposition to the bill citing confusion of “what the words abridge and encroach mean” and noted “the policies that we have (in schools) are intended to protect all children” but with this bill “we don’t know” how policies would apply if a parent disagreed.
HB 1246 was eventually amended by the committee to include just the statement on decisions resting with the parents.