- Associated Press - Monday, March 26, 2018

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) - The Latest on the final day of South Dakota’s 2018 legislative session (all times local):

4:25 p.m.

Lawmakers will study access to mental health services in South Dakota and examine the costs at the state and local levels.

The Legislature’s Executive Board voted Monday on topics to study ahead of the 2019 session.

The panel also approved a study on the increasing need for special education in schools and how to adequately fund it. Republican Sen. Jim Bolin says it’s a very important issue that’s “not going away.”

House Speaker Pro Tempore Steven Haugaard supported the mental health study, saying it’s an opportunity to direct state resources in that area and to help counties figure out how to address the “burgeoning problem of mental illness.”

The two studies came from a list of 15 ideas.

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12:30 p.m.

South Dakota representatives have voted not to override Gov. Dennis Daugaard’s rejection of a bill letting lawmakers introduce legislation earlier before a session starts.

The chamber voted 39-24 Monday to overcome the veto, falling short of the two-thirds margin required.

Right now, lawmakers can file bills within 30 days of a legislative session. The bill would have allowed lawmakers to file up to 10 bills starting after the official canvass in an election year and July 1 during an odd-numbered year.

GOP Rep. Elizabeth May, the sponsor, says the bill was about more transparency for South Dakota citizens.

Daugaard wrote in his veto letter that the bill would have given legislators the ability to seek media attention throughout the year by filing a bill to address “any newsworthy topic.”

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12:10 p.m.

South Dakota senators have declined to override Gov. Dennis Daugaard’s veto of a bill that would have given home-schooled students another path to get a state scholarship.

The Senate voted 21-10 Monday to overcome the veto, falling short of the two-thirds margin required. Republican Sen. Jack Kolbeck, the sponsor, says the bill sought to “create fairness.”

Right now, all students who get at least a 28 ACT score or 1250 SAT score are eligible for the Opportunity Scholarship for residents who attend South Dakota colleges.

Students who complete specific coursework at accredited high schools can be eligible with a lower ACT score. The bill would have allowed home-schoolers such a path.

Daugaard wrote in his veto message the bill would hold home-schoolers to a lower standard than public or private high schools graduates. He says there’s no accreditation requirement for home-school courses.

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11:50 a.m.

South Dakota representatives have voted not to override Gov. Dennis Daugaard’s veto of a bill that aimed to impose new requirements for college tuition assistance programs.

Representatives voted 43-20 Monday to overcome the rejection, falling short of the two-thirds margin required for an override. It sought to require tuition assistance programs approved after July 1 to include provisions such as performance measures, recipient eligibility criteria and payback provisions if recipients failed to meet program and eligibility requirements.

Daugaard wrote in his veto letter that one Legislature can’t bind the hands of a future one, so the bill would have “no practical effect.” He says future lawmakers could have ignored the requirements in the bill.

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9 a.m.

South Dakota lawmakers are returning to the Capitol to accept or override several vetoes from Gov. Dennis Daugaard.

The Legislature meets Monday for the final day of the 2018 legislative session.

The rejected measures they’ll debate include a bill that would give home-schooled students another path to get the state’s Opportunity Scholarship and a proposal to let lawmakers introduce bills earlier before a legislative session starts.

The Republican governor last week vetoed three bills and issued two style-and-form vetoes. Lawmakers convened the 2018 session on Jan. 9.


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