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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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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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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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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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January02

Gov. proposes six percent increase in state aid

Schools received a nearly unprecedented state aid increase proposal from Gov. Kristi Noem for the 2022-23 school year.   At Gov. Noem’s budget address this month she proposed a 6 percent increase in state aid for the 2022-23 school year. The 6 percent increase brings $41 million in new, ongoing funding to state aid.  
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December29

Rev. collections exceed projections for fifth month

Revenue collections exceeded projections for the fifth consecutive month.   November’s revenue collections exceed the legislature’s adopted projections by $14.5 million, which was powered by sales tax collection being nearly $13 million above projection.   The surplus revenue projection for the month brought the 2022 Fiscal Year total collections to nearly $88 million more than
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November28

Member districts vote on legis. direction at Delegate Assembly

Member districts sent their delegates to Pierre recently to help set the legislative direction for ASBSD.   Eighty appointed delegates – who were school board members tabbed by their local boards to represent them – attended the 2021 Delegate Assembly in Pierre to pass 40 resolutions and 12 standing positions that will help the Association
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November25

Revenue collection far exceeding projections

Revenue collections continue to soar in South Dakota.   One-third of the way through Fiscal Year 2022 revenue collections continue to climb as the October collection was $12.2 million higher than the projections adopted by the legislature, bringing the state’s total collection in FY22 to $720 million, which is $73 million more than adopted projections.
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