- Associated Press - Tuesday, January 31, 2017

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) - The state Senate has approved a bill that would set up a new board to oversee South Dakota’s four technical institutes.

The chamber voted unanimously Tuesday to send the bill to the House.

Supporter Sen. Jim Bolin, a Republican, dubbed it the “tech school liberation bill.” It would create the South Dakota Board of Technical Education.

Bolin says the bill would have a tremendous impact on South Dakota. He says workforce development is one of the most important issues the Legislature needs to tackle.

The bill comes after voters approved a constitutional amendment in November that specified the tech schools would be governed in a manner to be set by the state Legislature.

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