March 17, 2017

The Honorable Matt Michels
President of the Senate
500 East Capitol Avenue
Pierre, SD 57501

Dear Mr. President and Members of the Senate,

I respectfully return to you Senate Bill 33, with my VETO.

Senate Bill 33 is an Act to revise the state aid to special education formula.

This was the annual bill to adjust special education levies. At the time Senate Bill 33 passed both houses of the legislature, the appropriations committee was considering a budget that included a zero percent increase for general and special education, and this bill was passed on that basis.

Subsequent to the passage of Senate Bill 33, the Legislature passed a budget that provides inflation of 0.3 percent for state aid to K-12 schools. The Legislature also decided to inflate special education by 0.3 percent, and this language was included in Senate Bill 35.

Because Senate Bill 35 includes the necessary language to offer 0.3 percent inflation in both the general and special education formula, Senate Bill 33 is no longer necessary. For that reason, I ask that you sustain my veto.

Respectfully submitted,
Dennis Daugaard