Today, September 19, at 9:30 am the Special Legislative Task Force will convene in Room 413 of the State Capitol Building. SDPB will also provide live audio for anyone wishing to listen in on the meeting; an archive of the audio will also be available there after the meeting. I really don’t know a lot about this meeting, but maybe after listening to the audio I’ll blog more about it.
This meeting is set up to report on SDCL 13-51-1.3 every ten years. SDCL 13-51-1.3 is labeled as “Sioux Falls site for instructional, research, and service programs”. It was passed into law back in 2006 as HB 1238:
HB 1238 (SoDakLiberty Posts) – Authorize the Board of Regents to purchase certain real property for the sole purpose of providing a site for the operation of instructional, research and service programs delivered through institutions established by the Legislature and governed by the Board of Regents, to make an appropriation therefor, to require the Board of Regents to submit a comprehensive plan and to make certain reports, and to declare an emergency.
Part of that bill required a special legislative task force to “review the appropriateness of the provisions of § 13-51-1.3 and make recommendation to the Legislature regarding any revisions, additions, or deletions to the various conditions contained in § 13-51-1.3.”
Here is the actual content of § 13-51-1.3:
13-51-1.3. Sioux Falls site for instructional, research, and service programs–Limitations on use. The expenditures authorized by chapter 106 of the 2006 Session Laws shall be solely for the purposes of providing a site for the operation of instructional, research and service programs delivered through institutions established by the Legislature and governed by the Board of Regents. The Board of Regents may only use the property for the primary purpose of education or research. It is the intent of the Board of Regents and the Eighty-first Legislature that the Board of Regents may not without express legislative authorization:
(1) Organize the programs delivered at this site into a separate degree-granting institution;
(2) Erect student residence facilities on the site;
(3) Construct facilities on the site for use as intercollegiate athletic practice or competition;
(4) Establish intercollegiate athletic teams at the site;
(5) Sell any portion of the property acquired pursuant to chapter 106 of the 2006 Session Laws unless the property is appraised and advertised and offered for sale at public auction. No portion of the property may be sold except at public sale and for an amount less than the appraised value;
(6) Offer courses taught on the property at any rate other than the self-support tuition rate;
(7) Lease for nonagricultural purposes more than ten percent of the surface area of the property to third parties;
(8) Lease to third parties more than ten percent of the useable space within any building constructed with state funds appropriated by the Legislature; or
(9) Permit any free-standing commercial facility to be constructed on the property or any commercial facility to be located within any building constructed with state funds unless the commercial facility is reasonably needed to meet the convenience and needs of the students and instructors using the building.
The report will be given by Dr. Michael Rush, Executive Director and CEO, SD Board of Regents. I haven’t had time to actually research what this law actually does, so after hearing testimony I’ll decide whether to report further upon the report.