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March11

Bill adjusting private school scholarship for third time on to Gov.

The Governor’s signature is all that awaits a bill seeking expansion of the private school scholarship program.   Senate Bill 175, which expands the student eligibility options for the private school scholarship program, passed the House State Affairs committee on a 10-3 vote and the full House on a 60-9 vote.   The bill would allow
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March10

Proposed study on mental health education in SD awaits approval

A proposed study on mental health education in South Dakota awaits its final go ahead after running through the legislature.   HCR 6015, which encourages the Executive Board of the Legislature to create an interim legislative study on mental health education in this state, received approval by the House, a Senate Committee and the full
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March09

Teleconference voting change on to Gov’s desk

A streamlined process for unanimous voting during a teleconference is headed to the Governor’s desk.   House Bill 1127, which revises certain provisions regarding official meetings conducted by teleconference, passed the Senate Local Government committee on a 6-1 vote and the full Senate on a 33-0 vote.   ASBSD supports the bill.   “It will
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March08

Media access of events bill reaches gov’s desk

A bill permitting additional media coverage of interscholastic activities or events reached the governor’s desk.   Senate Bill 128, which revises certain provisions related to news media coverage of high school activities, passed Senate and House committees and floor votes with near unanimous support.   The bill permits free access for media outlets to cover
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March01

Homeschool bill headed to House floor, contact your Reps and tell them to vote NO

There may only be one final legislative hurdle for a bill bringing sweeping changes to homeschool laws to clear.   Senate Bill 177, which makes significant changes to homeschool laws, passed the House State Affairs Committee on Monday (3/1) by an 8-5 vote and now moves to the House floor for review and vote, and
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February22

Sen. sends homeschool participation, ed. overhaul bill to House, tell Reps to vote NO

Homeschool law overhaul is headed across the Capitol building hallway for debate and review.   Senators passed Senate Bill 177, which makes significant changes to alternative instruction, or homeschool laws, on a 21-14 vote.   ASBSD opposes the bill, which now heads to the House State Affairs committee for debate and review.   The bill creates
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February20

Private school scholarship provision change creeps into the House

The creep towards expanding the state’s private school scholarship program continued.   Senate Bill 175, which expands the student eligibility options for the private school scholarship program, passed the Senate on a 30-5 vote.   The bill would allow any students in grades kindergarten through 12th grade to receive a private school scholarship should they meet the income eligibility
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February18

Revenue figures adopted, funding proposals discussed

An increase in state aid for next year and one-time money for this year remain in play after the adoption of revenue figures.   On a 14-3 vote, Legislative Appropriators adopted revenue figures for Fiscal Year 2022, which total $1.834 billion in revenue and is more than $30 million above what Gov. Kristi Noem proposed
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February17

Free training videos available for board members

School board members seeking additional information about their role can review seven one-hour videos for FREE and earn 20 ALL points for each one watched!     The School Board U Sundays videos are hosted by ASBSD Board Development Director Jim Holbeck and cover a variety of school board topics, including: Social Media Challenges: CLICK HERE;
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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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