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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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February03

Community-based school bill sent to Senate floor

The proposal to establish community-based schools returned this session.   Senate Bill 139, which creates a community-based school utilizing state funds, passed the Senate Education committee on a 6-1 vote.   ASBSD opposes the bill as it was introduced in the same form as it has in previous years thus raising the same questions and
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February02

Oath of office bill amended and passed

The solution sought in the oath of office bill was found and approved.   House Bill 1077, which modifies the oath elected officials take when assuming office, was amended and passed by the House Local Government committee on an 11-0 vote and the House on a 68-0 vote.   The amendment to the bill clarifies
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January31

Weekly ASBSD Billtracker Update

The fourth week of legislative session brings the first of three bill submission deadlines and a full week of session that is certain to shake up ASBSD’s Billtracker.   Learn how ASBSD Billtracker works here.   The latest week of the 2022 legislative session, ended as a very busy one for ASBSD Billtracker as nearly
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January27

Solution sought to oath of office bill’s discrepancy

An adjustment to the official oath of elected officials awaits its fate after a committee hearing.   House Bill 1077, which modifies the oath elected officials take when assuming office, was deferred by the House Local Government committee following its initial committee hearing last week (1/25).   The bill’s sponsor Rep. Tina Mullaly called the
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January24

Weekly ASBSD Billtracker Update

Legislative session enters its third week and ASBSD Billtracker, which provides you with a list of each piece of legislation the Association is tracking during session, continues to be filled with activity.   Learn how ASBSD Billtracker works here.   Following the second week of the 2022 legislative session, ASBSD Billtracker has added nine more bills
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January11

Meet the 2022 House Education Committee

Each member of the House Education returns to their seat on the committee.   The 15-member House Education committee, which will meet on Monday, Wednesday and Friday at 7:45 a.m., brings every member back for the 2022 legislative session with Rep. Lana Greenfield serving as committee chair for her fourth year.   Let’s get to know the committee
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January10

Meet the 2022 Senate Education Committee

No changes were made to the Senate Education committee for the 2022 legislative session.   Sen. Blake Curd will serve as Chair of the seven-member Senate Education committee, which is scheduled to meet on Tuesday and Thursday at 7:45 a.m. during the 2022 legislative session.   Let’s meet the committee members:   Sen. Blake Curd (District 12)
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January06

LAN members needed for 2022 legislative session

Board members, administrators and ASBSD must work together to advocate for support from the legislature for South Dakota’s public education system.   An important part of those advocacy efforts is for member districts to appoint one or more board members to ASBSD’s Legislative Action Network (LAN), which is designed to activate designated members of local
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