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Senate Education committee has 3 bills on Thurs Mar 5

March 4, 2015

sport2010On Thursday, March 5th, at 8:00 AM the SD Senate Education committee will take on 3 bills.

HB 1118 – SoDakLiberty PostsProvide for oversight of postsecondary technical institutes.

Rep Mark Mickelson (R, Dist 13) and Sen Deb Peters (R, Dist 9) are the prime sponsors. This bill was hoghoused in House State Affairs and passed that committee 12-0 and the House floor 66-1. A big addition from this bill is to set up a board of nine members for each LEA. Mickelson has definitely been pushing for changes to tech schools. Possibly a good issue for running for higher office in the future…..

HB 1218 – SoDakLiberty PostsCreate certain funding for education in South Dakota.

Rep Julie Bartling (D, Dist 21) and Sen Billie Sutton (D, Dist 21) are the prime sponsors. This is a hoghouse vehicle bill that was actually filled with legislation in House Ed. The bill allows “Any school district may make payments from its capital outlay fund for the support of a postsecondary technical institute located in the school district’s region”.  Like I said with HB 1118. Mickelson is really pushing for Tech school changes. The bill passed the House floor 60-9.

BILLS FOR POSSIBLE ACTION WHICH HAVE HAD PRIOR HEARING.

HB 1161 – SoDakLiberty PostsLimit certain rule making authority of the South Dakota High School Activities Association.

Rep Steven Haugaard (R, Dist 10) and Sen Brock Greenfield  (R, Dist 2) are the prime sponsors. This bill passed out of House Education 9-6 and the House floor 46-23. This a companion to HB 1195 (SoDakLiberty Posts). It would prevent the SDHSAA from creating a transgender policy. HB 1195 is now dead, but this one is still alive. Here is what I said about HB 1195 and feel applies to this bill:

I’m no fan of the SDHSAA. But, it is probably time for the legislature to realize that transgendered individuals are a part of the modern world. No amount of laws are going to change that. This bill being passed into law isn’t going to change that. If the legislature wants to go after SDHSAA there are plenty of other areas to do that on. I’ve spoken with more than one athletic director in the last year that feels the SDHSAA doesn’t work with schools, instead they dictate to schools.

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