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January20

Funding increase for private school scholarship program advances

The inevitable increase in funding for the private school scholarship program has proceeded in the legislature.   Senate Bill 71, which increases the private school scholarship fund total to $3.5 million form $2 million, passed the Senate Education committee on 5-1 vote and the Senate on a 27-5 vote.   Implemented in 2016, the private
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January19

Senate sends girls’ sports participation bill to House

Proposed change to the participation in girls’ sports advanced in the legislature.   Senators passed Senate Bill 46, which changes the process of participation in girls’ sports, on a 27-6 vote, sending the bill across the Capitol’s Hall.   SB 46 would permit only biological females to participate in women’s sports and would grant an athlete
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January18

Committee not opposed to noncropland change bill

Legislative committee members approved a cutout in property tax assessment of very specific ag land.   House Bill 1039, which provides for the assessment of certain agricultural land as noncropland, passed the House Ag committee on a 10-3 vote.   The bill would change land currently classified as cropland to noncropland if it is greater
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January16

Weekly ASBSD Billtracker Update

With legislative session here for the next nine weeks, ASBSD Billtracker, which provides you with a list of each piece of legislation the Association is tracking during session, is filling up and will be regularly updated.   Learn how ASBSD Billtracker works here.   After the first week of 97th Legislative Session, the ASBSD Billtracker has
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January15

Girls’ sports participation bill passes committee

A legislative committee advanced a bill banning the participation of anyone other than biological females in girls’ sports at the end of the first week of the 2022 legislative session.   Senate Bill 46, which changes process of participation in girls’ sports, passed the Senate State Affairs committee on an 8-1 vote.   SB 46
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January14

State of the State includes focus on school related bills

South Dakota’s legislative session opened with the Governor’s State of the State address on Tuesday (1/11) with proposals related to public schools getting some of the attention.   Gov. Kristi Noem stated early in her State of the State address South Dakota was stronger than it had ever been, adding the state is “proudly leading
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January13

Revenue collections remain on a roll

South Dakota’s strong 2022 Fiscal Year continued in December.   Gov. Kristi Noem touted the month and year’s strength in her State of the State Address on Tuesday (1/11) citing “exceptional revenue growth that South Dakota has enjoyed” because of the steps the state has taken in the past few years.   “So far this
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January12

School safety resources highlighted in legis. comm.

School safety resources were highlighted in a recent legislative committee meeting.   S.D. Department of Public Safety Secretary Craig Price discussed the School Safety Resource Center in front of the Senate Judiciary committee on last week (1/13).   Sec. Price noted the School Safety Resource Center presented “opportunities we could take the lead from the
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January11

Meet the 2022 House Education Committee

Each member of the House Education returns to their seat on the committee.   The 15-member House Education committee, which will meet on Monday, Wednesday and Friday at 7:45 a.m., brings every member back for the 2022 legislative session with Rep. Lana Greenfield serving as committee chair for her fourth year.   Let’s get to know the committee
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January10

Meet the 2022 Senate Education Committee

No changes were made to the Senate Education committee for the 2022 legislative session.   Sen. Blake Curd will serve as Chair of the seven-member Senate Education committee, which is scheduled to meet on Tuesday and Thursday at 7:45 a.m. during the 2022 legislative session.   Let’s meet the committee members:   Sen. Blake Curd (District 12)
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