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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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February12

Eligibility requirements could expand for private school scholarship

South Dakota’s private school scholarship program could expand should the latest bill chipping away at the program’s initial parameters continues to progress.   Senate Bill 175, which expands the student eligibility options for the private school scholarship program, passed the Senate Education committee on a 6-0 vote.   The bill would allow any students in
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February11

Wind energy tax revenue transfer bill passes House

A bill adjusting the way tax revenue from wind energy tax can be used by school districts breezed through its first legislative chamber.   On a 14-0 vote, the House Education committee passed House Bill 1066, which authorizes the transfer of wind energy tax revenue from a school district general fund, and on a 68-0
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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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February07

House halts publication notice fee increase bill

A bill adjusting fees and publication requirements failed to find favor in the House.   House Bill 1050, which changes publication fees and requires notices be posted online, in addition to in print, on a website hosted by SDNA, lost on a 29-41 vote.   ASBSD opposed the bill, which had action delayed on it
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February06

Community-school bill defeated in Senate

A proposal to create a community-school system within a public school district fell in the Senate.   On a 12-20 vote, Senators defeated an amended version of Senate Bill 68, which creates and funds Oceti Sakowin community-based schools. The end comes after the bill passed through the Senate Education committee, but was defeated on its
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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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February04

Two bills benefitting schools are headed for the gov’s desk

Two bills benefitting schools are headed for the governor’s desk.   House Bill 1082, which changes the LEP term to English Learner and amends the EL adjustment for the 2021-22 school year, passed the Senate Education committee on a 6-0 vote and the full Senate on a 31-0 vote, after previously passing the House Education
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February03

Senate defeats, revives community-based school bill

A bill establishing a community-based school system within public school districts was defeated, but then revived this week.   Senate Bill 68, which creates and funds Oceti Sakowin community-based schools, failed to pass the Senate on 14-20 vote on Monday (2/1), but on Tuesday (2/2) a vote reconsider – thus reopening debate and vote –
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