Sen. Larry Rhoden’s legislation that would soften some of the governor’s recommended 10 percent cut in general-education aid to public school districts was sent to the House Appropriations Committee, where it is idling after a hearing Monday. The measure, SB 152, went through the Senate Education Committee for its first hearing. After further amendments by Rhoden, R-Union Center, on the Senate floor, senators voted 28-7 for its passage. One of the hang-ups right now for the Daugaard administration is the bill’s estimated $12 million impact on the state general fund. That undoubtedly is the reason that the measure was assigned to the House appropriators, who are holding it while they bring the full 2012 budget into alignment. The Rhoden bill is the only measure left in either of the appropriations committees, other than the general budget bill, HB 1251. The plus for Rhoden at this point is he has the only education-funding bill left that would reduce some of the governor’s proposed 10 percent cut. Dilges said the bill could be amended in ways that would eliminate the governor’s opposition. Whether those would be acceptable to Rhoden isn’t known yet, in part because he wasn’t sure what might be in mind.