Time Bill Number Description Committee Room Monday 1/16 8:30 SB 2307 B ** Amended to 12% state-paid
property tax relief Senate Appropriations Harvest 9:00 SB 2221 B * Increase homestead credit
threshold to $150,000 value and slight increases to income thresholds Senate Appropriations Harvest 9:15 SCR 4021 S Study Medicaid reimbursement
of mental illness Senate Human Services Red River 11:00 SB 2034 C Sales tax exemption for oil
pipeline materials Senate Appropriations Harvest 2:30 SB 2374 Z Owners of oil, gas, saltwater
gathering lines to obtain industrial commission permits, install
flowmeters Senate Appropriations Harvest 3:30 SB 2322 A *** Tobacco tax increase,
major funds to county for local public health Senate Appropriations Harvest Tuesday 1/17 9:00 HCR 3037 L Study homemade food sales and
local public health policies House Human Services Fort Union 9:15 SB 2063 S Court to provide DHS copy of
filing termination of parental rights House Human Services Fort Union 9:30 SB 2081 S Modifies some foster home
definitions, group home from 10 to 13 children House Human Services Fort Union 10:30 HB 1074 J Not having a real estate
license is A misdemeanor Senate Industry, Business and
Labor Roosevelt Park 11:00 SB 2027 J ** Mandatory sentencing
changes - interim bill Senate Appropriations Harvest 11:30 SB 2048 S Behavioral health funding for
DHS services and teacher training Senate Appropriations Harvest Wednesday 1/18 8:30 SB 2107 J ** Adopts uniform act on human
trafficking Senate Appropriations Harvest 9:00 SB 2284 J Defines hospital treatment of
sex assault victims, law enforcement info Senate Appropriations Harvest 9:00 HB 1385 J Political subdivisions may not
regulate voice over internet protocol service Senate Industry, Business and
Labor Roosevelt Park 9:00 HB 1036 L Interim study for health
professionals Senate Human Services Red River 9:00 SB 2082 S * Extends Medicaid asset test
to basic care eligibility House Human Services Fort Union 9:15 HB 1037 S Interim study of Medicaid
expansion Senate Human Services Red River 9:30 HB 1048 E Develop uniform licensing for
social work examiners Senate Human Services Red River 9:30 SB 2332 J Increases offense class for
hiring prostitute Senate Appropriations Harvest Thursday 1/19 9:00 HCR 3036 J Study digital driver's
licenses House Transportation Fort Totten 9:00 HB 1121 J Minor changes to CDL
rules Senate Transportation Lewis and Clark 9:00 HCR 3025 X Resolution of commendation for
Bison Football House Gov & Vets
Affairs Fort Union 9:15 SCR 4014 A Study reinvestment scenarios
for legacy fund Senate Gov & Vets
Affairs Missouri River 9:30 HCR 3028 J Study creating, funding
emergency response centers in rural areas House Political
Subdivisions Prairie 9:45 SCR 4022 V Study election and lobbying
laws Senate Gov & Vets
Affairs Missouri River 10:00 HCR 3029 Z Study representation for
extraterritorial zoning areas House Political
Subdivisions Prairie 11:00 HB 1122 J Minor changes to driver's
license renewal Senate Transportation Lewis and Clark Friday 1/20 10:00 HB 1123 J Minor changes to Drivers Ed
Senate Transportation Lewis and Clark
Thursday, February 12, 2015
NDACo Week 6 Report
Wow! What a great hearing on the SURGE bill this week. Sometimes the second hearing loses a little steam, but that was not the case with SB2103. The Local Government folks turned out and brought some significant energy and passion to the hearing. State Government was looking to restore some funding that wasn’t carried into this bill from the Governor’s “FastTrack” bill, but other than that the message was pass the bill “as is” and “SOON”.
The activity is becoming concentrated in the two Appropriations Committees as the “policy” committees finish their work in bills from their own house. We will start to see some “crossed over” bills next week as the policy committees have largely wrapped things up.
An ill-conceived bill regarding the transfer of property described by metes and bounds had a fabulous hearing today (Thursday), with opposition from County Auditors, Tax Directors, Recorders, Engineers and Planners, as well as the Land Surveyors. We truly hope for a favorable outcome on this one.
Considerably more time was also spent on the House and Senate floors this week, as their calendar’s continued to grow. Notably:
HB1112 was passed by the House to allow the State to use the Disaster Relief Fund to help local government even if FEMA denies a federal disaster request.
HB1242, which would have created a new speeding fine structure - $3/mile over the posted limit regardless of roadway or speed, was narrowly defeated in the House on a 46-45 vote.
HB1345 to mandate that every county have 5 commissioners died on a 22-68 vote in the House
HB1495 to expand the options that local governments have to invest county funds was passed by the House (59-32) after being amended as requested by counties.
Many of the really BIG bills remain in the two Appropriations Committees, and the more moderate tobacco tax increases the proposal that would give additional revenue to county public health units is set for House floor debate on Friday.
Next week (as you will see below) has few committee hearings on county bills, but the focus will be on the floor. We may be sending alerts if we need some help there.
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