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February14

ASBSD BOD meets online

ASBSD Board members met online recently and received a legislative update and discussed next year’s officers.   Executive Director Wade Pogany provided the Board of Directors with an update from the 2021 legislative session, including funding and key bills.   “Money is still in play,” Pogany said, noting the two biggest funding pieces were the
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February13

COVID liability bill sent to Governor’s desk for signature

A bill that would provide school districts and other entities protection against certain lawsuits related to COVID-19 has reached the Governor’s desk.   On a 29-3 vote, the Senate passed House Bill 1046, which limits liability for certain exposures to COVID-19, to send it to Gov. Kristi Noem for review and signature.   “We have a bill
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February10

Bill drastically amending homeschool education laws has first hearing

The first debate on a proposal to overhaul alternative instruction laws took place today (2/9).   Senate Education committee members held a nearly two hour hearing on Senate Bill 177, which makes significant changes to alternative instruction, or homeschool, laws, and will continue the bill hearing on Thursday (2/11).   ASBSD opposes the bill.  
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February10

Teleconference voting amendment passes House

A bill streamlining unanimous voting during a teleconference meeting reached the Senate recently.   House Bill 1127, which revises certain provisions regarding official meetings conducted by teleconference, passed the House Local Government committee on a 12-1 vote and the House on a 50-18 vote.   The bill removes the requirement during a teleconference that a
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February05

Sen. comm. sends COVID liability protection bill to floor

There’s just a single legislative hurdle left for a bill that would provide school districts and other entities protection against certain lawsuits related to COVID-19.   Senate Judiciary committee members passed House Bill 1046, which limits liability for certain exposures to COVID-19, on a 5-0 vote.   ASBSD supports the bill, with ASBSD Executive Director Wade
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February03

Senate confirms appointment of Sec. of Education Tiffany Sanderson

The Senate confirmed the appointment of Secretary of Education Tiffany Sanderson recently.   Sec. Sanderson was appointed as interim Secretary in December by Gov. Kristi Noem and receive unanimous support to be permanently appointed to the position by the Senate Education and then full Senate.   Sanderson previously served as a senior policy advisor for
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February01

Bill limiting COVID-19 liability passes House

School districts and other entities across South Dakota will have protection against certain lawsuits related to COVID-19 based on a recent bill passed through the House.   Members of the House State Affairs committee passed House Bill 1046, which limits liability for certain exposures to COVID-19, on a 12-1 vote and the full House passed
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January28

State Aid Increase Bill has first hearing

The bill providing public schools an increase in state aid had its first hearing of the legislative session.   Senate Bill 49, which sets the School District General Fund levy, target teacher salary and overhead rate for FY 2022, was expectedly sent to the Joint Appropriations Committee on a 7-0 vote by the Senate Education
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January25

SB 46 headed to Governor’s desk

A bill amending the instruction and hours during a state emergency reached the Governor’s desk.   Senate Bill 46, which allows for the consideration of certain instruction to count towards the minimum number of hours required in a school term during a declared state of emergency, passed both chambers’ education committees and the full chamber
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January04

NSBA Overview on Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriations Act

The following information was provided by the National School Boards Association (NSBA).   On Saturday, December 26, 2020, President Donald Trump signed into law the Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriations Act, a $900 billion legislative package to assist with the COVID-19 national emergency.   As part of the package, education received $82 billion in
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