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February22

Bill reducing sales tax passes House

Reducing the sales tax and repealing the Partridge Amendment is the aim of a bill bound for the Senate.   On a 6-1 vote, members of the House Appropriations committee passed House Bill 1327, which reduces the half-cent tax rate on certain products and repeals the Partridge Amendment, while the full House followed suit and
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February21

School board election change bill reaches Senate floor

School board elections are facing a forced date change as a bill advances through the legislature.   House Bill 1300, which requires school district elections be held on dates specified by the legislature, passed the House on a 47-19 vote after passing the House State Affairs committee on a 10-1 vote and also passed the
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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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February19

Property tax adjustments proposed in multiple bills

Property tax adjustment bills have received more attention and discussion this session.   House Bill 1039, which provides for the assessment of certain agricultural land as noncropland, made it out of the House on a 38-30 vote, but was defeated in Senate Taxation on a 6-1 vote.   The bill sought to allow for ag
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February18

Four local control linked bills passed out of the House

Four local control linked bills leapt out of the House.   House Bill 1087, which revises protected documents and list of subjects allowed for discussion in executive session, headed out of the House Local Government and full House unanimously.   The bill adds cybersecurity plans and other computer related documents to those protected by the
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February17

Kindergarten, ed. materials and curriculum bills heard in House

Kindergarten, education materials and curriculum bills all faced hearings on the House side.   HB 1163, which allows students who are 5-years-old by September 30 and have passed a screening process to be enrolled in Kindergarten, was passed 12-3 by the House Education committee and the House, 40-28. The Senate Education committee also passed the bill
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February16

Separate paths for staffing solution bills

Two bills dealing with staffing in schools saw different ends.   House Bill 1261, which establishes emergency retire-rehire provisions for the South Dakota Retirement System, was defeated on a 10-3 vote.   The bill, which was supported by ASBSD, would have permitted teachers who had been retired for a year to be hired by schools
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February08

Weekly ASBSD Billtracker Update

ASBSD’s Billtracker has climbed to 82 total pieces of legislation being tracked following last week’s bill submission deadline and with two weeks until Crossover Day, which requires all bills to pass their chamber of origin in order to continue during session, the updates will come daily.   Learn how ASBSD Billtracker works here.   ASBSD
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February07

Governor signs girls’ sports participation bill

The girls’ sports participation bill reached the gov’s desk and was signed into law.   Senate Bill 46, which changes the process of participation in girls’ sports, passed the House on a 50-17 vote last week (2/1), following the pause of debate on the bill, and was signed into law by Gov. Kristi Noem on
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