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HB 1025

Bill Details

Appropriations - ND Department of Veterans Affairs (NDDVA) Budget: Legislative Appropriations Bill

Pre-approved by Commissioner and ACOVA.

A BILL for an Act to provide an appropriation for defraying the expenses of the department of veterans' affairs. 

2019-2021 base budget limit: $1,079,734

NDDVA Requested budget changes: Optional Package-NOT included in budget.

  1. Remove mandate on offsetting HRTG funds                                            $100,000 NOT in final budget.
  2. Funding for FTE                (Loan & Grant)                                                $151,794 Gov. Burgum Recommends $140,000 One-Time funding for Temporary Position. House Supports. Senate moved to FTE, 
  3. ND Veteran Benefits Specialist training                                                    $18,310 House DeniedSenate Supports, Conf. Committee supported. Final: $18,310
  4. Funding for FTE                (Veteran Benefit Specialist)                            $127,753 Denied
  5. CVSO/TVSO outreach      (Tribal engagement)                                       $38,400 Gov. Burgum recommends $40,000 for Stand Downs, VSO training and outreach. See #6 and #8 below
  6. CVSO/TVSO training        (Main Street Initiative)                                     $27,088 Gov. Burgum recommends (see #5). House supports $30,00 training and outreach. Senate supports $30,000. Final: $30,000
  7. Grant Database update    (Per Audit recommendation)                           $15,000 Gov. Burgum recommends $7,500 from General funds. House supports $7,500. Senate supports $7,500. Final: $7,500
  8. Stand Downs                    (Pass through funding. HB 1178)                    $10,000 Gov. Burgum recommends (see #5). House supports $5,000. Senate supports $5,000. Final: $5,000
  9. PTSD Dog Grants             (Pass through funding. HB 1128)                   $50,000 Gov. Burgum recommends $50,000 from General Funds. House supports. Senate supports $50,000. Final: $50,000
  10. DAV Vans                          (Pass through funding. HB 1168)                   $18,600 Gov. Burgum recommends $18,600 from General Funds. House supports +$200. Senate supports +$21,200. Final: $18,800
  11. VSO funding grant NSO’s (Pass through funding. HB 1177)                  $150,000    Denied       

                                                                                                                    Total: $716,945

​HOUSE AMENDMENTS AND ACTIONS

  • Adds base level funding
    • +$11,775 for travel expenses
    • +$7,935 for desktop support
    • +$2,500 for Microsoft Office 365 licenses
    • +$5,000 for Stand Down events (HB 1178 was $10,000)
    • +$200 for DAV vans (+$200 more than Governors recommendation) 
    • +$49,590 for NDDVA salary and benefit increases
      • 2% per year 
      • Insurance from $1,241 to $1,427 
    • +$30,000 for CTVSO training and outreach (Governor recommended $65,488)
  • One Time Funding
    • +$140,000 One-Time funding for Temporary Loan and Grant Position (same as Governors recommendation)
    • +$7,500 Grant Database enhancements
  • Maintained in base level funding (Pass Through Funding)
    • $18,600 DAV vans
    • $50,000 PTSD Service Dogs
  • Appropriates $2,308 additional funding for State Approving Agency (non-General Funds)
  • Committee recommended DO PASS as amended 21-0-0 HJ 786
  • PASSED HOUSE 92-0 HJ 902

SENATE AMENDMENTS AND ACTIONS

  • Supports House budget
  • Adds:
    • +$11,794 for Loan and Grant Officer.
      • Makes Permanent FTE
    • +$18,300 for NDDVA Veteran Benefits Specialists Training
    • +$21,200 for DAV Transport Vans for total of $40,000.
      • Funding for 2 vans. One van per year
      • Makes Permanent part of budget
    • +$8,228 NDDVA Salary Increase to House for total of $36,773
      • 2% first year
        • Minimum monthly increase of $120
        • Maximum monthly increase of $200
      • 2.5% second year
    • Carryover authority for PTSD dog funding
    • Authority to accept and expend $291,500 for Veterans Home Cemetery Improvement Grant
      • Legislative approval for $26,500 from Melvin Norgard memorial fund 
      • $265,000 from Federal Grant
    • Committee recommended DO PASS 14-0-0 SJ 1331
  • PASSED SENATE as amended 44-0 SJ 1340
  • HOUSE REFUSED TO CONCUR HJ 1728
  • House Conference Committee Appointed: Schobinger, B. Anderson, Holman  HJ 1728
  • Senate Conference Committee Appointed: Dever, Poolman, Mathern SJ 1478

CONFERENCE COMMITTEE AMENDMENTS AND ACTIONS

  • Reduced DAV van funding from $40,000 to $18,800
  • Loan and Grant officer
    • Reduced funding -$11,794
    • Removed as FTE and placed as Temporary One-Time Funding
  • House conceded the remaining Senate Changes
  • Conference Committee Report Adopted by House HJ 1987
  • PASSED HOUSE 88-4 HJ 1988
  • Conference Committee Report Adopted by Senate SJ 1766
  • PASSED SENATE 46-0 SJ 1766

SIGNED BY GOVERNOR 4/26/2019 HJ 2302

Bill Status

January 11, 2019
  • Committee Hearing-10:30am Sakakawea Room
January 29, 2019
  • Hearing-2:00pm Sakakawea Room
February 18, 2019
  • PASSED HOUSE 92-0
March 8, 2019
  • Hearing-11:00am Harvest Room
April 8, 2019
  • PASSED SENATE 44-0
April 11, 2019
  • HOUSE refused to concur
April 16, 2019
  • Conf. Committee Hearing 12:30pm Sakakawea Room
April 26, 2019
  • SIGNED BY GOVERNOR
Wednesday, October 3, 2018