Wednesday, April 29, 2015

64th Legislative Session Comes to Close

Majority Leader Al Carlson addresses the House of Representatives prior to closing the 64th Legislative Session
The 2015 Legislative Session ended in a very unusual way. Lawmakers adjourned Wednesday afternoon with unfinished business. They failed to act on SB 2022 which relates to the North Dakota Public Employees Retirement System. The House and Senate were unable to work out their differences in the budget bill. Research is being done to examine what this will mean for PERS and the 68,000 North Dakota benefactors. Legislators will be called back to resolve the issue if necessary. 

The NDACo Legislative Team is working on a summary to highlight the session from the county perspective. All in all, the session was a positive one for our counties. Many of the priority bills identified by our county official's received action in-line with our position.
Here are just are a few examples:

* Increase in Transportation Funding
* Passage of State Funding for Social Services
* Additional Tax Relief & Tax Reform Issues
* Defeat of:  "Mills to Cents", "Quota" allocation for prison & "Agri-tourism" proposals

Attached is a link to the Legislative Highlights as identified by the Governor's office.


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