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May12

Revenue collections still exceeding projections

With only two months left to collect in Fiscal Year 2022, revenue collections remain far above projections, even after they were adjusted during legislative session.   Through April, revenue collections are $32 million ahead of the revised projections with the month of April alone accounting for an additional $20 million more than projections. Compared to
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February23

Adopted revenue projections higher than proposed in December

Revenue projections for the next fiscal year were adopted recently.   Legislative Appropriators adopted revenue projections at $2.067 billion for Fiscal Year 2023, which is more than $92 million higher than what was proposed by Gov. Kristi Noem in December, on a 14-3 vote.   With the revenue projections exceeding what was projected in December
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February20

Two school funding related bills find favor

Two school funding related bills found favor in their legislative process.   House Bill 1080, which extends the average teacher compensation targets until the 2023-24 school year, passed Senate Education on a 6-1 vote and the Senate on a 29-6 vote.   HB 1080 would reinstate the previous requirement in law, which was active for the 2018-19, 2019-20
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February20

2021-22 Election Workshop Webinars upcoming

The South Dakota Secretary of State’s office, ASBSD and the South Dakota Municipal League will again co-sponsor workshops covering all aspects of elections – from notices to the final canvass – including question-and-answer sessions.   Six webinar workshops are scheduled to assist election officers in conducting elections with each webinar limited to 100 participants. Dates,
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February05

Private school scholarship increase on way to governor

The increase in public funding for the private school scholarship reached the governor’s desk.   Senate Bill 71, which increases the private school scholarship fund total to $3.5 million form $2 million, passed the House Education committee on an 8-5 vote and the House on a 44-23 vote to send it to Gov. Kristi Noem
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February04

Funding for homeschool participation passes committee

After a few hearings a proposal to pay schools for homeschool student participation has passed.   House Bill 1119, which multiplies 0.10 by the number of homeschool children who are participating in interscholastic activities to the fall enrollment count for the state aid formula, passed the House Education committee on a 9-5 vote. Previously, the
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February03

Community-based school bill sent to Senate floor

The proposal to establish community-based schools returned this session.   Senate Bill 139, which creates a community-based school utilizing state funds, passed the Senate Education committee on a 6-1 vote.   ASBSD opposes the bill as it was introduced in the same form as it has in previous years thus raising the same questions and
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January28

Girls’ sports participation bill passes House comm., paused on floor

The proposed participation change for girls’ sports was stopped short of signature, for now.   Senate Bill 46, which changes the process of participation in girls’ sports, saw its way through the House State Affairs committee on an 11-2 vote, sending it to the House floor, where its debate was delayed following the introduction of
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January26

Two ed. bills take different routes out of comm.

Two education related bills took different routes out of committee.   Senate Bill 95, which changes the timeline for the Teacher Compensation Review Board to meet from every 3 years to every 2 years, passed the Senate Education committee unanimously, 7-0.   ASBSD supports the bill.   “I see this bill as a better state
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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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