2018 Legislative Positions
Support = S
Monitor = M
Oppose = O
HB 1044 S Revises the General Appropriations Act for FY2018
HB 1045 S Transfers $7.2 million to the general fund to support state aid to education in FY2018
HB 1055 M Act to revise the special education property tax levy for school districts and to revise the state aid to special education formula
HB 1056 M Act to revise the property tax levies for the general fund of school districts and to revise the state aid to general education formula
HB 1114 S Act to establish certain requirements for students enrolling in resident school districts or assigned schools after participating in open enrollment
Position: The District supports this bill as written but will monitor it closely. The District supports establishing a procedure for ending an open enrollment. A later date would also be supported to align with other open enrollment procedures.
HB 1128 O Act to revise certain provisions regarding increases in teacher compensation
Position: The District opposes this bill. This bill represents a dramatic overreach by the Legislature to micromanage school districts.
HB 1165 M Act to repeal certain provisions providing for a pilot charter school for Native American students if the state had received a federal grant
HB 1172 O Act to revise certain provisions regarding meetings of certain public bodies
Position: The District opposes this bill. The intent of this bill is fine, but sometimes public bodies hold live meetings where public testimony is not taken. Presumably this bill would require public testimony if the meeting is via teleconference no matter the other circumstances.
HB 1178 O Act to revise certain provisions regarding meetings of certain public bodies
HB 1221 O Act to expand the partners in education tax credit program to include tribally controlled schools on a federally recognized Indian reservation.
HB 1240 M Act to revise certain provisions regarding capital outlay funding for schools.
1276 O Act to provide a property tax exemption to parents of certain students receiving alternative instruction
Position: The District opposes this bill. This bill is poor public policy. There are numerous taxpayer-supported activities throughout state and local governments that taxpayers would like to get refunds on for not being allowed to participate. Should individuals who try to sign up for Medicaid and are turned down receive a rebate on the portion of their State taxes that go to supporting Medicaid? No. The elected Legislature sets the rules for Medicaid eligibility and not everyone is going to qualify. Likewise, elected school boards set the rules for activity eligibility and not everyone will qualify.
HB 1279 O Act to increase the state's percentage of the video lottery net machine income, create a fund for the proceeds, and repeal video lottery
HB 1307 M Appropriate money for the ordinary expenses of the legislative, judicial, and executive departments of the state, the expenses of state institutions, interest on the public debt, and for common schools
HB 1309 M Revise certain sales tax exemptions and the tax rate on the sale of food.
HCR 1002 -5 S Recognizing the great need and offering support for additional mental health services in western South Dakota
SB 66 O Act to require each school board to post certain information regarding school elections on the school district website. This bill was amended in and passed the Senate Education Committee to change the phrase “on the school district website” to “in the school district minutes.”
Position: The District opposes this bill. This appears to be another bill singling out school districts for new requirements with no apparent good reason. If the information called for in this bill is important, all levels of government that perform elections (including the state) should be required to provide this information.
SB 83 O Act to authorize certain patriotic societies access to public schools
Position: The District opposes this bill. Determination of outside organization access to students is best determined by each individual school board.
SB 84 O Act to revise certain provisions regarding public records
Position: The District opposes this bill. Confidentiality is a key component to reach a settlement agreement among the parties to a legal dispute. Without this component, settlement options will become less appealing to each of the parties involved in a dispute and therefore increases the likelihood each
party expends more resources with litigation.
SB 117 O Revise certain provisions regarding the partners in education tax credit program.
SB 131 S Appropriates $1 million for each of the next four fiscal years for the CTE Consortium Fund
Position: The District supports this bill. Grant funding provides opportunities for innovation and collaboration to develop expanded opportunities for students.
SB 132 S Act to establish the Early Learning Advisory Council
213 M Act to revise certain education funding provisions
SCR 10 S Recognizing the need for and urging support for early childhood education in South Dakota