- Associated Press - Wednesday, March 12, 2014

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) - A bill to amend South Dakota policies on student suspensions has cleared its last legislative hurdle.

The Senate on Wednesday voted unanimously to pass the bill, which already has the approval of the House.

The bill sets up a three-strike system and allows students to remain in extracurricular activities, even if they are suspended.

One of the bill’s sponsors said in a committee hearing Monday that the current law is punitive. She said students should be encouraged to participate in positive activities, like sports practices, even if they are not allowed to compete.

The measure goes next to Gov. Dennis Daugaard for final review.

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