- Associated Press - Tuesday, March 11, 2014

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) - The South Dakota Senate passed a bill regulating the process to challenge school board decisions about the first day of school.

Voters can already request a vote through a referendum against the decision on when to start the school year. The measure approved Tuesday details how many people are required on the petition to get a referendum.

Senators voted 19-16 to support a revised bill.

It requires petitions with five percent of registered voters in smaller districts. Districts larger than 5,000 need five percent of the people who voted in the last general election for a referndum.

Opponents say the change complicates the issue. Supporters say the measure is consistent with other referendum requirements.

It will go back to the House for approval.

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