Rep. John Mills

A bill that would have allowed school district voters to refer opt outs that passed before 2002 is killed on the House floor. The vote Thursday was 19 in favor and 44 against.

Representative John Mills of Volga is the bill's sponsor. He says there are opt outs put in place before the law changed that required a time limit. He says voters should be able to decide if those opt outs should end. Mills says he brought the bill at the urging of constituents...

Representative Tim Reed voted against it. He says this is a local matter... 

Representative Steven McCleery of Sisseton also spoke against the bill... 

It would have potentially impacted some 30 school districts across the state including Brookings which passed a $750,000 opt out in 2001.