Thursday, March 12, 2015

NDACo Week 10 Legislative Report

GREAT to see all the new, and familiar, faces at the County Officials Academy.  If you weren’t there, you were missed.  We had a tremendous turnout of legislators for the social and they were asking the staff “Whose here from my county?”  By the large number attending, it is clear they care what their county officials think.
 
A full week of hearings, and the “policy” Committee Chairs are driving their committees to act on bills at a rapid pace.  The Appropriations Committees on the other hand are in a serious “wait and see” mode, as next week the new revenue projections will be released.  These projections will be the “gospel” that must be used to come up with a final overall budget, so they are crucial to legislative action on every spending bill – large and small.  Rumors of what the report will reveal abound, but they are up, down, and stay the same.  Time will tell.
 
This week saw floor action and a few bills that will be heading to the governor, including:
                HB1331, which provides additional guidance for public entities faced with multiple open records requests from the same person. 
                SB2056, is the interim bill to clarify that all appointed boards can only RECOMMEND their levy to the county commission, and the commission makes the final determination. 
                HCR4001, is a study of the duplicative reports that counties must submit to the State, with the goal of reducing and streamlining what county officials must do.
 
In the “acted-on but not yet done” column, we have HB1337.  This bill was introduced to increase the state match for the senior mill levy program.  The House stripped the additional funding from the bill and then passed the bill with just the language change requested by NDACo.  This will undoubtedly end up in conference committee as the Senate approved an additional $1million for local senior programs. 
 
You will see below that there are several important bills up next week.  The first House hearing on SB2206, to shift social service costs to the state is scheduled for a hearing Wednesday morning.  On Tuesday the House Tax Committee will hear the Governor’s property tax reform bill, as well as SB2339 to create a property tax exemption for “agi-tourism” buildings that is very loose and undefined.  We are getting down to the final couple of weeks for "formal" hearings, so if you want to participate, the time is now!
 

Time Bill Number Description Committee Room
Monday 3/16    
8:00 SB 2171 R Governing body can contract when no bids received  House IBL Peace Garden 
8:30 SB 2002 C * Sec. of State Budget - UCC & Election  House Approp-Ed & Env Roughrider 
8:30 HB 1014 C Industrial Commission budget & adjustments to  heritage fund  Senate Appropriations  Harvest 
8:30 SB 2006 B * Tax Dept budget  House Approp-Gov. Ops Medora 
9:00 SB 2272 S Medicaid expanded to pediatric therapists  House Human Services  Fort Union 
9:00 SB 2037 B * Uniform determination of taxable value for future wind generation, other utility facilities   House Finance and Taxation  Fort Totten 
9:00 SB 2156 J * Mandatory sentences for armed offenders  House Judiciary  Prairie 
9:00 SB 2012 A **** Human Services budget, enhanced county reimburse for expanded Medicaid  House Approp-Hum Res. Sakakawea 
9:00 HB 1041 S Medicaid expansion pharmacy benefits management changes  Senate Human Services  Red River 
9:15 HB 1117 C Changes to streamlined sales tax  Senate Finance and Taxation  Lewis and Clark 
9:20 SB 2192 J Moves ag assault B felony to separate subsection  House Judiciary  Prairie 
9:30 HB 1247 S DHS to implementa safe-sleep training program for childcare providers   Senate Human Services  Red River 
9:30 SB 2217 B * Alternative approach to requiring appointed board budget reports  House Finance and Taxation  Fort Totten 
9:45 HB 1110 C Retailer must provide supporting documentation for leasing personal property  Senate Finance and Taxation  Lewis and Clark 
10:00 SB 2221 B * Increase homestead credit threshold to $150,000 value and slight increases to income thresholds  House Finance and Taxation  Fort Totten 
10:15 SB 2083 S Substantial changes to licensing of assisted living facilities  House Human Services  Fort Union 
10:30 HB 1126 J Changes in bail bond agent authority to retrieve defendant  Senate Judiciary  Fort Lincoln 
10:30 HB 1149 J Pharmacy boards to adopt admin rules for drugs  Senate Human Services  Red River 
10:30 HB 1130 A Excise tax exemption for donating cars to needy  Senate Finance and Taxation  Lewis and Clark 
10:30 SB 2079 S Extends moratorium on long-term care facility bed construction  House Human Services  Fort Union 
10:30 SB 2005 B ** State Treasurers budget, state paid property tax relief  House Approp-Gov. Ops Medora 
10:40 SB 2274 J Timelines on firearm certifications, court appeal of denials  House Judiciary  Prairie 
11:00 HB 1040 J Advanced practice nurse added to Mental Health petition process  Senate Judiciary  Fort Lincoln 
11:00 SB 2050 S * Client may not be required to apply for Medicaid before receiving SPED services  House Human Services  Fort Union 
11:20 SB 2333 J Under 21 allowed in certain liquor establishments to eat  House Judiciary  Prairie 
2:00 HB 1014 C Industrial Commission budget & adjustments to agencies that get money from heritage fund  Senate Appropriations  Harvest 
2:00 HB 1475 E Delayed bill addressing NDPERS process for selecting health insurance  House Industry, Bus. & Labor Peace Garden 
2:15 SB 2073 J DOCR-State Hospital agreement, assistance with security  House Human Services  Fort Union 
2:30 SB 2049 S Behavioral health definition changes regarding family therapists  House Human Services  Fort Union 
2:30 HB 1169 R Death deeds exempt from statement of full consideration on recording  Senate Judiciary  Fort Lincoln 
3:30 SB 2039 X Structure to fund Scholarships with revenue from foundation aid stabilization fund - if voters approve  House Appropriations  Roughrider 

Tuesday 3/17 - Happy St. Patrick's Day    
8:30 HB 1078 L Prohibits selling E-cig's to minors   Senate Judiciary  Fort Lincoln 
8:30 SB 2016 C * DES & state radio budget, statewide radio project  House Approp-Gov. Ops Medora 
8:30 SB 2012 A **** Human Services budget, enhanced county reimburse for expanded Medicaid  House Approp - Hum. Res. Sakakawea 
9:00 HB 1109 S DHS doesn't have to conduct biennial meetings at nursing homes  Senate Human Services  Red River 
9:00 SB 2199 S $1 million to DHS for human trafficking victims treatment  House Judiciary  Prairie 
9:00 SB 2144 B **** Governor's property tax reform task force bill  House Finance and Taxation  Fort Totten 
9:00 SB 2178 X Additional school construction loan option  House Education  Pioneer 
9:00 HB 1141 J Changes to jurisdication in small claims  Senate Judiciary  Fort Lincoln 
9:00 SB 2234 S Down syndrome individuals eligible for Medicaid  House Human Services  Fort Union 
9:05 HB 1410 S $5 million for head start  Senate Educ. Missouri River 
9:15 HB 1067 A ** Census estimates to be used for state aid formula rather than decennial census  Senate Finance and Taxation  Lewis and Clark 
9:30 SB 2237 S Clarifies individual health information received by DHS is confidential  House Human Services  Fort Union 
9:30 SB 2215 J BCI to establish a bio-metric data system  House Judiciary  Prairie 
9:30 HB 1059 B *** Appropriation for property tax buy down  Senate Finance and Taxation  Lewis and Clark 
9:30 HB 1407 J **** Homeless sex offender registration  Senate Judiciary  Fort Lincoln 
10:00 HB 1033 A * Creates mechanism for budgeting legacy fund disbursement  Senate Appropriations  Harvest 
10:00 HB 1264 J Exempts law enforcement body camera images from open records  Senate Judiciary  Fort Lincoln 
10:00 SCR 4021 S Study Medicaid reimbursement of mental illness  House Human Services  Fort Union 
10:00 HB 1108 S Wording changes involving developmental disabilities  Senate Human Services  Red River 
10:00 SB 2284 J Defines hospital treatment of sex assault victims, law enforcement info  House Judiciary  Prairie 
10:30 HB 1280 S Study the reorganization of the Dept. of Human Services  Senate Human Services  Red River 
10:30 HB 1281 J Creates Blue Alert notice system for serious offenders  Senate Judiciary  Fort Lincoln 
10:30 SB 2275 J Coerced abortion is trafficking  House Human Services  Fort Union 
10:30 SB 2339 B * Farm building used in agri-tourism are property tax exempt  House Finance and Taxation  Fort Totten 
10:30 SB 2331 J No statute of limitations on child sexual abuse  House Judiciary  Prairie 
11:00 SB 2357 J Unlawful sexting is a class A misdemeanor, civil remedies  House Judiciary  Prairie 
11:00 HCR 3002 J Resolution to study restitution for criminals acts  Senate Judiciary  Fort Lincoln 
11:15 SB 2335 J Physicians injury report of sexual assault not to include certain info  House Human Services  Fort Union 
2:00 SB 2012 A **** Human Services budget, enhanced county reimburse for expanded Medicaid  House Approp - Hum. Res. Sakakawea 
2:00 SB 2233 R Construction manager must open subcontractor bids publically  House Industry, Bus. and Labor  Peace Garden 
2:00 HB 1307 J Threatening public servants by filing liens C Felony  Senate Judiciary  Fort Lincoln 
2:30 HB 1321 J Electronic stalking  Senate Judiciary  Fort Lincoln 
3:30 HB 1166 J Elimination of 70/30 judge chambers  Senate Judiciary  Fort Lincoln 

Wednesday 3/18    
9:00 HB 1186 L Regulates e-cigs like tobacco  Senate Judiciary  Fort Lincoln 
9:00 SB 2206 A **** State to fund social service grants, commission to study all costs  House Human Services  Fort Union 
9:00 HB 1202 E Employer can withhold payment for accrued leave regardless   Senate Industry, Bus. and Labor  Roosevelt Park 
9:00 SB 2107 J ** Adopts uniform act on human trafficking  House Judiciary  Prairie 
9:00 SB 2172 A GPT revenue distributed on cash basis to local government  House Finance and Taxation  Fort Totten 
9:30 SB 2175 A * $1 million of ag machinery sales tax for ag research - highway fund amended out  House Finance and Taxation  Fort Totten 
10:00 HB 1437 A Extension of oil trigger  Senate Finance and Taxation  Lewis and Clark 
10:00 SB 2329 Z Increases maximum size of renaissance zone  House Finance and Taxation  Fort Totten 
10:00 SB 2232 J * Seven year statute of limitations for human trafficking  House Judiciary  Prairie 
10:00 HB 1338 J Report domestic violence deaths to fatality review commission  Senate Judiciary  Fort Lincoln 
10:20 SB 2250 J Increases offense level for some prostitution crimes  House Judiciary  Prairie 
10:30 HB 1347 J Human trafficked kid is deprived  Senate Judiciary  Fort Lincoln 
10:45 SB 2334 L Redefines newborn screening requirements  House Human Services  Fort Union 
10:45 HB 1046 S Appropriation for traumatic brain injury registry  Senate Human Services  Red River 
10:45 SB 2266 J Increased penalties for child porn  House Judiciary  Prairie 
11:00 SB 2332 J Increases offense class for hiring prostitute  House Judiciary  Prairie 
11:00 HB 1367 J Changes to allow more probation  Senate Judiciary  Fort Lincoln 
11:00 SB 2367 S Creates task force on substance exposed newborns  House Human Services  Fort Union 

Thursday 3/19    
9:00 SB 2003 J ** Attorney General's budget and impact grant funds  House Approp-Gov. Ops Medora 
9:00 SB 2363 A Exempts from MV excise tax transfers to grandchildren  House Transportation  Fort Totten 
9:00 HCR 3015 X Constitutional convention for balanced budget  Senate GVA Missouri River 
9:00 SB 2020 C * Water Commission budget  House Approp - Ed. & Env. Roughrider 
9:00 SCR 4022 V Study election and lobbying laws  House GVA Fort Union 
9:00 SB 2012 A **** Human Services budget, enhanced county reimburse for expanded Medicaid  House Approp - Hum. Res. Sakakawea 
9:00 SB 2248 J Tow trucks get amber and white lights  House Transportation  Fort Totten 
9:00 SCR 4014 A Study reinvestment scenarios for legacy fund  House GVA Fort Union 
9:00 SCR 4010 V Constitutional amendment so legislators must remain resident of district   House GVA Fort Union 
9:15 HB 1018 C Dept of Commerce budget including flood grants and workplace safety facility  Senate Appropriations  Harvest 
9:15 HCR 3034 H Urges Congress to lift federal freeze on vehicle size and weight  Senate Transportation  Lewis and Clark 
9:15 HB 1450 J Reduction of penalty for weapon in bar  Senate Energy and Nat.Res. Fort Lincoln 
9:30 SB 2154 J ** Armstrong DUI statute changes  House Transportation  Fort Totten 
10:00 SB 2375 B 25% of landowners may petition to create special assessment, objection procedures  House Political Subdivisions  Prairie 
10:15 HB 1241 J ** Guns allowed in bars, but removed from churches and parks - 15 day limit on LE approval  Senate Energy and Natural Resources  Fort Lincoln 
10:30 HB 1465 R * Contractors holding government records must comply with open records   Senate Political Subdivisions  Red River 
11:15 HB 1457 J Law enforcement to sell off confiscated guns  Senate Energy and Natural Resources  Fort Lincoln 
2:00 SB 2300 X ** Changes ACIR to LC task forces on intergovernmental issues  House GVA  Fort Union 
2:30 SB 2017 C ** Game & Fish budget, funding for license admin assumption   House Approp-Gov. Ops Medora 
2:30 HB 1219 J * Weapon prohibition for felons begins on date of conviction   Senate Energy and Nat. Res. Fort Lincoln 
2:30 SB 2020 C * Water Commission budget  House Approp - Ed. & Env. Roughrider 
3:15 HB 1095 Z New appeal times for noncompliant drainage   Senate Energy & Nat. Res. Fort Lincoln 
Friday 3/20    
8:30 SB 2010 C Insurance Dept budget, bonding and fire and tornado funds   House Approp - Gov. Ops. Medora 
8:30 HB 1015 J **** DOCR Budget,quota system for counties amended out Senate Appropriations  Harvest 
8:30 HB 1114 Z New penalties for solid waste disposal  Senate Energy & Nat. Res. Fort Lincoln 
8:30 SB 2012 A **** Human Services budget, enhanced county reimburse for expanded Medicaid  House Approp - Hum. Res. Sakakawea 
9:00 HB 1390 Z Driller not liable for improper disposal when contract company screws up  Senate Energy and Nat. Res. Fort Lincoln 
9:00 HB 1284 V * Bond ballot to include duration and estimated cost in mills to taxpayer  Senate GVA Missouri River 
9:00 HCR 3031 J Designation of 3rd week in June as ND Road 2 Safety Week  Senate Transportation  Lewis and Clark 
9:00 HB 1322 B Expands purposes for special assessments  Senate Political Subdivisions  Red River 
9:15 HB 1389 V IDs for non-citizens must be clearly marked for voting purposes  Senate GVA Missouri River 
9:45 HB 1333 V ** Voter may use bill, bank statement to prove residency. SoS Bill  Senate GVA Missouri River 
10:00 HB 1376 B Counties can donate funds to hospitals  Senate Political Subdivisions  Red River 
10:00 HB 1032 Z changes to GPT to allow more $ for well plugging  Senate Energy & Nat. Res. Fort Lincoln 
10:30 HB 1309 V Changes to petition circulators  Senate GVA Missouri River 
10:45 HB 1145 Z Water used for oil to be tracked  Senate Energy & Nat. Res. Fort Lincoln 
11:00 HB 1417 X Courthouses veterans room may be in another building  Senate Political Subdivisions  Red River 
11:00 HB 1181 V Must have special election to fill vacant US Senate seat  Senate GVA Missouri River 
 
 

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