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Date of Meeting: December 21, 2018

ND National Guard Tuition Waiver

A BILL for an Act to amend and reenact sections 37-07.1-05 and 37-07.2-03 of the North Dakota Century Code, relating to higher education grants and tuition waivers for national guard members.

This bill would...

  • Change application time to initial appointment

FISCAL NOTE: NONE

HOUSE AMENDMENTS & ACTIONS

  • Added: Declared bill an emergency
  • Committee recommended DO PASS 14-0 HJ145
  • PASSED HOUSE 88-1 Emergency Clause Carried HJ221
  • Sent to Senate

SENATE AMENDMENTS & ACTIONS

SIGNED BY GOVERNOR 3/28/2019 HJ 1409

Effective date: 3/29/2019 date filed with Secretary of State

Date of Meeting: December 17, 2018

Tax Exempt Military Retirement Pay

Pre-approved by Commissioner, ACOVA and NDVLC

A BILL for an Act to create and enact a new subdivision to subsection 2 of section 57-38-30.3 of the North Dakota Century Code, relating to an income tax deduction for retired military personnel benefits; and to provide an effective date.

 
This bill would...
  • Exempt Military retirement for ND Veterans and surviving spouses from ND state income tax

HOUSE AMENDMENTS AND ACTIONS

SENATE AMENDMENTS AND ACTIONS

FISCAL NOTE: $3,000,000 (General Fund)

SIGNED BY GOVERNOR 4/8/2019 HJ 1631

Date of Meeting: May 20, 2019
Date of Meeting: December 21, 2018

ND Veterans Legislative Council Name Change

Pre-approved by Commissioner, ACOVA and NDVLC

A BILL for an Act to amend and reenact subsection 4 of section 37-18.1-03 of the North Dakota Century Code, relating to the powers and duties of the administrative committee on veterans' affairs.

This bill would...

  • Update the NDCC to accurately reflect the correct name of the North Dakota Veterans Legislative Council. Formerly known as the North Dakota Veterans Coordinating Council.
  • This is a housekeeping bill not intended to change the intent of the law.

HOUSE AMENDMENTS AND ACTIONS

SENATE AMENDMENTS AND ACTIONS

FISCAL NOTE: NONE

SIGNED BY GOVERNOR 4/4/2019 HJ 1507

Date of Meeting: December 21, 2018

POW/MIA Flag to be Flown over ND State Capitol Grounds

A BILL for an Act to provide for the display of the prisoner of war and missing in action flag on the state capitol grounds.

This bill would...
  • Require POW/MIA Flag be flown at all times on all outdoor flagpoles on ND State Capitol Grounds.
    • Displayed on its own pole or under the US Flag

HOUSE AMENDMENTS AND ACTIONS

  • Changed "outdoor flagpoles" to "outdoor permanent, flagpole locations"
  • Committee recommended DO PASS as amended 14-0-0 HJ 240
  • PASSED HOUSE 92-0 HJ 283

SENATE AMENDMENTS AND ACTIONS

  • Changed "outdoor permanent, flagpole locations" to "on the middle flagpole on the east side of the heritage center and on a flagpole in front o f the all veterans memorial"
  • Committee recommended DO PASS as amended 6-1-0 SJ 1050
  • PASSED SENATE as amended 44-1 SJ 1061
  • HOUSE REFUSED TO CONCUR HJ 1451
  • House Conference Committee Appointed: B. Koppelman, Louser, Johnston HJ 1451
  • Senate Conference Committee Appointed: Davison, Meyer, Marcellais

CONFERENCE COMMITTEE AMENDMENTS AND ACTIONS

  • Removed all current verbiage in Section 1
  • Added new verbiage
    • POW/MIA flag must be flown daily on State Capitol Grounds at the following flagpole locations;
      • Immediately south of the state capitol building
      • In front fo the all veterans memorial; and
      • On the east side of the heritage center
    • May be flown either below the flag of the US on the same flagpole or alone on a separate flagpole
    • Must be displayed using proper flag etiquitte
  • Declared an emergency
  • PASSED HOUSE 89-0 Emergency Clause carried HJ 2021
  • PASSED SENATE 47-0 Emergency Clause carried SJ 1873

FISCAL NOTE: NONE

SIGNED BY GOVERNOR 4/30/2019 HJ 2331

Date of Meeting: December 21, 2018

Tax Exempt Military and Retirment Pay

Pre-approved by Commissioner, ACOVA and NDVLC

A BILL for an Act to amend and reenact subdivision g of subsection 2 of section 57-38-30.3 of the North Dakota Century Code, relating to an income tax deduction for service payments and retirement benefits received by an active or reserve member of the armed forces or the national guard or a surviving spouse; and to provide an effective date.

This bill would...

  • Exempt Active Military Pay from ND State Income Tax
  • Exempt National Guard and Reserve pay from ND State Income Tax
  • Exempt Military retirement pay from ND State Income Tax
  • Exempt Military retirement pay received by surviving spouses from ND State Income Tax

HOUSE AMENDMENTS AND ACTIONS

  • Removed: "retirement benefits" from exemption
  • Committee recommended DO NOT PASS 11-3-0 HJ 362

FISCAL NOTE: $5,800,000 (General Fund)

FAILED HOUSE 35-54 HJ 396

Date of Meeting: December 21, 2018

National Guard Definition of Volunteer Emergency Responders

Military Families Top Ten (#10)

A BILL for an Act to amend and reenact subsection 2 of section 37-29-01 of the North Dakota Century Code, relating to the definition of volunteer emergency responders.

This bill would...
  • Remove the words "North Dakota" from the NDCC
  • Allow National Guard members of ND and other states to participate as "Volunteer Emergency Responder"

HOUSE AMENDMENTS AND ACTIONS

SENATE AMENDMENTS AND ACTIONS

CONFERENCE COMMITTEE AMENDMENTS AND ACTIONS

FISCAL NOTE: $0

SIGNED BY GOVERNOR 4/23/2019 HJ 2066

Date of Meeting: January 2, 2019

ND Adjutant General to Accept and Expend Funds

A BILL for an Act to create and enact section 37-03-18 of the North Dakota Century Code, relating to the adjutant general's program supporting North Dakota service members, veterans, families, and survivors, and the ability to accept funds for this purpose; and to provide a continuing appropriation.

This bill would...

  • Allow NDNG Adjutant General to establish and operate the ND service member, veteran, family, and survivor support program
  • Allow NDNG Adjutant General to accept and receive any private or federal donation, gift, grant or bequest
  • Allow NDNG Adjutant General continuing appropriation to administer and expend any private donation, gift, grant or bequest in accordance with the purpose or condition imposed by the donor

HOUSE AMENDMENTS AND ACTIONS

  • Added "National Guard" to the name of fund
  • Removed "federal or private sources and donations, gifts or bequests" 
  • Expeditures over $500,000 per bienium would need emergency commission approval
  • Added requirement for annual report of income and expenditures to the legislative appropriations budget section
  • Committee recommended DO PASS 14-0-0 HJ 550
  • Referred to House Appropriations HJ 563
  • Committee recommendED DO PASS 20-0-1 HJ 789
  • PASSED HOUSE 92-0 HJ 899

SENATE AMENDMENTS AND ACTIONS

FISCAL NOTE: $80,000 (other funds) $0 General Fund

SIGNED BY GOVERNOR 4/4/2019 HJ 1507

Date of Meeting: December 17, 2018

Service Dogs for ND Veterans with PTSD

Pre-approved by Commissioner, ACOVA and NDVLC

A BILL for an Act to provide an appropriation to the department of veterans' affairs for the training of service dogs for North Dakota veterans with posttraumatic stress disorder.

This bill would...

  • Provide general fund dollars for ND Department of Veterans Affairs for grants to ND Veterans receiving PTSD service dogs
  • Grant would cover $12,500 or about 1/2 the cost of a service dog

HOUSE AMENDMENTS AND ACTIONS

FISCAL NOTE: $50,000 General Funds

Included in HB 1025 NDDVA budget 

Date of Meeting: December 17, 2018

North Dakota Department of Veterans Affairs (NDDVA) to Work With Public and Private Entities. 

Pre-approved by Commissioner, ACOVA and NDVLC

A Bill for an Act ot amend and reenact section 37-18-04 of the North Dakota Century Code, relating to duties of the commissioner of veterans' affairs.

This bill would...

  • Allow NDDVA to form public-private partnerships to better serve ND Veterans and dependents.

HOUSE AMENDMENTS AND ACTIONS

SENATE AMENDMENTS AND ACTIONS

FISCAL NOTE: $0

SIGNED BY GOVERNOR 3/26/2019 HJ 1333

Date of Meeting: December 17, 2018

ACOVA to Establish Investment Goals, Objectives and Asset Allocation of the PWTF

Pre-approved by Commissioner, ACOVA and NDVLC

A BILL for an Act to amend and reenact section 37-14-14 of the North Dakota Century Code, relating to administrative committee on veterans' affairs' authority to establish policies on investment goals and objectives and assett allocation of the veterans' postwar trust fund.

This bill would...

  • Allow the ACOVA to establish the investment goals and objectives and asset allocation of the Post War Trust Fund in the same manner as boards and committees of funds invested by the State Investment Board under NDCC 21-10-02.1

HOUSE AMENDMENTS AND ACTIONS

FISCAL NOTE: $0

FAILED IN HOUSE 1-91 HJ 346

Date of Meeting: December 17, 2018

North Dakota Department of Veterans Affairs (NDDVA) to Accept and Expend Donations

Pre-approved by Commissioner, ACOVA and NDVLC

A BILL for an Act to create and enact a new subsection to section 57-39.2-04 of the North Dakota Century Code, relating to exempting the sale of commemorative memorial coins from sales tax; to amend and reenact section 37-18-12 and subsection 2 of section 37-18-15 of the North Dakota Century Code, relating to funding authority of the department of veterans' affairs and veteran commemorative coins; to provide a continuing appropriation; and to provide for retroactive application.

This bill would...

  • Allow NDDVA to apply for any private donation, gift, grant, or bequest
  • Allow NDDVA to accept and receive any private donation, gift, grant or bequest
  • Allow NDDVA continuing appropriation to administer and expend any private donation, gift, grant or bequest in accordance with the purpose or condition imposed by the donor
  • Amend commemorative memorial coin sale restriction from "A family member of a deceased North Dakota veteran" to "Any person"
  • Add sales tax exemption status to sale of commemorative memorial coin sales

HOUSE AMENDMENTS AND ACTIONS

SENATE AMENDMENTS AND ACTIONS

FISCAL NOTE: NONE

SIGNED BY GOVERNOR 3/28/2019 HJ 1409

Date of Meeting: January 7, 2019

DAV Van Funding

Pre-approved by Commissioner, ACOVA and NDVLC

A BILL for an Act to provide an appropriation to the department of veterans' affairs for the purchase of a transport van.

This bill would...
  • Provide $18,800 to the ND Department of Veterans Affairs for the purchase of a DAV Transport van during 2019-2021 biennium.

HOUSE AMENDMENTS AND ACTIONS

FISCAL NOTE: $18,800 (General Funds)

Committee included $18,800 in NDDVA budget HB 1025

Date of Meeting: January 7, 2019

Patriots Day

A BILL for an Act to create and enact a new section to chapter 1-03 of the North Dakota Century Code, relating to annual observance of Patriots' Day.

This bill would...

  • Designate the third Monday in April of each year as Patriots Day
  • Commemorate the start of the American Revolutionary War
  • Commemorate the battles of Lexington and Concord

HOUSE AMENDMENTS AND ACTIONS

  • Add Governors Placlamation
  • Committee recommends DO PASS 13-0-1 HJ 317
  • Referred back to GVA committee for amendments HJ 335
  • Committee added Governors Proclamation recommends DO PASS 12-0-2 HJ 400
  • PASSED HOUSE as amended 89-2 HJ 467

SENATE AMENDMENTS AND ACTIONS

FISCAL NOTE: NONE

SIGNED BY GOVERNOR 6/20/2019 HJ 1229

Date of Meeting: January 7, 2019

NSO/VSO Funding

Pre-approved by Commissioner, ACOVA and NDVLC

A BILL for an Act to provide an appropriation to the department of veterans' affairs for a national service officer grant program.

This bill would...

  • Provide ND Deparment of Veterans Affairs $150,000 for VSO grant program
  • Provide up to $50,000 for each Veteran Service Organization for National Veteran Service Officer

HOUSE AMENDMENTS AND ACTIONS

FISCAL NOTE: $150,000 (General Funds)

FAILED HOUSE 2-90 HJ 903

Date of Meeting: December 17, 2018

Stand Down Funding

Pre-approved by Commissioner, ACOVA and NDVLC

A BILL for an Act to provide an appropriation to the department of veterans' affairs for stand down events.

 
This bill would...
  • Provide $10,000 to ND Department of Veterans Affairs for grants to stand down events in ND.

HOUSE AMENDMENTS AND ACTIONS

FISCAL NOTE: $10,000 (General Funds)

Committee included $5,000 in NDDVA Budget HB 1025

Date of Meeting: December 17, 2018

Income Tax Checkoff for Veterans' Services Fund

Pre-approved by Commissioner, ACOVA and NDVLC

A BILL for an Act to create and enact a new section to chapter 37-14 and a new section to chapter 57-38 of the North Dakota Century Code, relating to the creation of the veterans' services fund and optional income tax contributions to the fund; and to provide a continuing appropriation.

 
This bill would...
  • Create a new fund in the State Treasurey known as the "Veterans Servics' Fund"
  • Place a check box on ND State Income tax form for optional contribution to the Veterans' Services Fund
  • Appropriate moneys' in the fund to the Adiminstrative Committee on Veterans Affairs (ACOVA)

HOUSE AMENDMENTS AND ACTIONS

  • Removed the creation of a new fund
  • Deposit funds into the Post War Trust Fund
  • Committee recommended DO PASS 11-3-0 HJ 513
  • PASSED HOUSE 84-9 HJ 631

SENATE AMENDMENTS AND ACTIONS

  • Added effective date: taxes filed after December 31, 2018
  • Committee recomended DO PASS 6-0-0 SJ 924
  • Referred back to Finance and Taxation  SJ 929
  • Changed effective date: ...for taxable years beginning after December 31, 2018.
  • Committee recomended DO PASS 6-0-0 SJ 982
  • PASSED SENATE 46-0 SJ 1022
  • HOUSE CONCURRED to amendment PASSED HOUSE 83-4 HJ 1417

FISCAL NOTE: $0

SIGNED BY GOVERNOR 4/8/2019 HJ 1631

  • Effective date: Taxable years after December 31, 2018 per language included in the bill
Date of Meeting: December 17, 2018

NDDVA File Access

Pre-approved by Commissioner, ACOVA and NDVLC

A BILL for an Act to amend and reenact section 37-18-11 of the North Dakota Century Code, relating to maintenance of records of veterans' and veterans' dependents.

 
Housekeeping Bill. Updating verbiage of NDCC.
This bill would...
  • Add "veteran' eligible dependents" 
  • Include file content received from all sources
  • Include information received from DOD electronic Discharge  

HOUSE AMENDMENTS AND ACTIONS

SENATE AMENDMENTS AND ACTIONS

FISCAL NOTE: $0

SIGNED BY GOVERNOR 3/28/2019 HJ 1409

Date of Meeting: January 12, 2019

Separating Military Members and Spouse Licensure. Emergency Medical Services

Military Families Top Ten (#1)

A BILL for an Act to create and enact chapter 23-27.1 of the North Dakota Century Code, relating to the emergency medical services personnel licensure interstate compact.

This bill would...

  • Create interstate compact for emergency medical services
  • Include separating military members and spouses 

HOUSE AMENDMENTS AND ACTIONS

SENATE AMENDMENTS AND ACTIONS

FISCAL NOTE: NONE

SIGNED BY GOVERNOR 3/28/2019 HJ 1409

Date of Meeting: January 11, 2019

Hyperbaric Oxygenation Treatment Pilot

A BILL for an Act to provide for a Medicaid pilot project for hyperbaric oxygenation treatment; to provide for a report to legislative management; to provide an appropriation; and to declare an emergency.

This bill would...

  • Create a Hyperbaric Oxygenation Treatment Pilot for persons on Medicaid with Traumatic Brain Injury
  • Provide Appropriations of $335,000 from General Fund

HOUSE AMENDMENTS AND ACTIONS

  • Removed pilot project from ND Human Services
  • Removed all verbiage of bill
  • Added new verbiage creating a Pilot program with ND Department of Health
  • Maintained appropriation of $335,000
    • Changed funding from "General Fund" to "Strategic investment and inprovements fund"
  • Committee recomended DO PASS 12-1-1 HJ 555
  • Referred to House Appropriations HJ 563
  • Maintainted appropriation of $335,000
    • Changed funding from "Strategic investment and improvements fund" to "Tobacco prevention and control trust"
  • Committee recomended DO PASS as amended 20-0-1
  • PASSED HOUSE 91-0 HJ 992
    • Motion to reconsider laid on table HJ 1005

SENATE AMENDMENTS AND ACTIONS

  • Changed from a therapy "pilot" to "A study of the efficacy..."
  • Removed all language from bill and created new language
    • UND School of Medicine and Health "may" design and implement a study using Hyperbaric for TBI
  • Reduced appropriation from $335,000 to $100,000
    • Requires matching funds of $2 for each $1 of appropriated general funds
  • Committee recommended DO PASS as amended 6-0-0 SJ 949
  • Sent to Appropriations
  • Committee recommneded DO PASS 14-0-0 SJ 1094
  • PASSED SENATE 47-0 SJ 1110
  • HOUSE Refused to Concur HJ 1507
  • House Committee Appointed: D. Anderson, Devlin, Schneider HJ 1507
  • Senate Committee Appointed: J. Lee, Anderson, K.Roers SJ 1381

CONFERENCE COMMITTEE AMENDMENTS AND ACTIONS

FISCAL NOTE: $335,000 (General Funds, Stretegic investment and improvements fund)

FAILED HOUSE 1-91. Included $335,000 in ND Human Services budget for Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy Pilot Program study in SB 2012

Date of Meeting: January 12, 2019

Veteran Scholarship for Aeronautics

A BILL for an Act to create and enact a new section to chapter 37-18 of the North Dakota Century Code, relating to an aeronautics student scholarship for veterans. 

This bill would...

  • Provide scholarship for veterans in aeronautics for fees not covered by Federal benefits
  • Provide up to $20,000 per veteran
  • Require veteran to repay scholarship if veteran...
    • does not gain employment in aerenautics field
    • does not reside in ND for two years after graduation
    • does not graduate with aeronautics degree

HOUSE AMENDMENTS AND ACTIONS

FISCAL NOTE: NONE

FAILED HOUSE 30-62 HJ 505

Date of Meeting: January 12, 2019

Vehicle and Aircraft Excise Tax and Registration Exemption for Disabled Veterans

A BILL for an Act to amend and reenact subdivision j of subsection 2 of section 39-04-18, subsection 3 of section 39-04-19, subsection 1 of section 57-40.3-04, and subsection 1 of section 57-40.5-03 of the North Dakota Century Code, relating to motor vehicle registration fee exemptions, credits for motor vehicle sales and use taxes, motor vehicle excise taxes, and aircraft excise taxes for disabled veterans.

This bill would...

  • Reduce disability rating requirement from 100% to 50% for registration fee exemption
  • Provide vehicle excise tax exemption equal to disability rating %
  • Provide aircraft excise tax exemption equal to disability rating %

HOUSE AMENDMENTS AND ACTIONS

FISCAL NOTE: $0

FAILED HOUSE 17-71 HJ 596

Date of Meeting: January 12, 2019

Veterans Memorial Highway

A BILL for an Act create and enact a new section to chapter 24-01 of the North Dakota Century Code, relating to designating state highway 22 as the veterans memorial highway; and to provide a continuing appropriation.

This bill would...

  • Designate ND Highway 22 as "Veterans Memorial Highway"
  • Place signs along highway indicating designation as "Veterans Memorial Highway"
  • Allow ND Department of Transportation to accept and expend donated funds 

HOUSE AMENDMENTS AND ACTIONS

SENATE AMENDMENTS AND ACTIONS

FISCAL NOTE: None

SIGNED BY GOVERNOR 3/12/2019 HJ 1151

Date of Meeting: January 15, 2019

County Veteran Service Officers Accreditation and Education

A BILL for an Act to amend and reenact section 37-14-18 of the North Dakota Century Code, relating to the accreditation of county veterans' service officers. 

This bill would...

  • Remove requirement for County Veteran Service Officers (CVSO's) to be accredited by the National Association of County Veteran Service Officers (NACVSO)
  • Require CVSO's and their employees to maintain a level of educational proficiency established by the ND Department of Veterans Affairs

HOUSE AMENDMENTS AND ACTIONS

FISCAL NOTE: NONE

FAILED HOUSE 0-91 HJ 726

Date of Meeting: January 15, 2019

Veterans and Military Members Criminal Justice Study

A BILL for an Act to provide for a legislative management study of issues relating to criminal defendants who are veterans or who are currently serving in the armed forces.

This bill would...

  • Provide for a legislative study during 2019-2021 interim
  • Whether additional treatments and sentencing should be considered for veterans with PTSD
  • Whether misdemeanors and/or felonies should be consdered for treatments and sentencing
  • How this would affect justice system
  • Study the point in judicial process behavioral health inquiries should be made
  • Research how other states apply these processes
  • Research what steps ND should take

HOUSE AMENDMENTS AND ACTIONS

  • Added: "and whether the courts could be integrated into other specialty courts existing withing the state"
  • Committee recommended DO NOT PASS 10-4-0 HJ 439

FISCAL NOTE: NONE

FAILED HOUSE 39-53 HJ 504

Date of Meeting: January 15, 2019

Property Tax Credit Disabled Veterans

A BILL for an Act to create and enact a new section to chapter 57‑02 and a new section to chapter 57‑38 of the North Dakota Century Code, relating to a property tax credit for property used as a primary residence and a surtax on income; to amend and reenact subsection 1 of section 57‑02‑08.3, section 57‑02‑11.1, subsection 1 of section 57‑23‑06, and section 57‑55‑10 of the North Dakota Century Code, relating to the homestead tax credit for special assessments, townhouse property, abatement actions, and mobile home exemptions; to repeal subsection 20 of section 57‑02‑08, subsection 22 of section 57‑02‑08, subsection 26 of section 57‑02‑08, and sections 57‑02‑08.1, 57‑02-08.2, and 57‑02‑08.8 of the North Dakota Century Code, relating to the property tax exemption for disabled persons, the homestead tax credit, and the property tax credit for disabled veterans; to provide a penalty; and to provide an effective date.

This bill would...

  • Remove current property tax law 
  • Replace property tax revenue with income tax "sur-tax" for property owners
  • Removes Disabled Veterans Property Tax Credit

HOUSE AMENDMENTS AND ACTIONS

  • Deleted all verbiage of bill
  • Replaced with Legislative Management study of replacing revenue from property tax with alternative funding source.
  • Committee recommended DO PASS as amended 10-4-0 HJ 528
  • PASSED HOUSE 66-24 HJ 631

SENATE AMENDMENTS AND ACTIONS

FISCAL NOTE: NONE

FAILED SENATE 7-39 SJ 1018

Appropriations - Veterans Home Budget

A BILL for an Act to provide an appropriation for defraying the expenses of the veterans' home; to provide an exemption; and to declare an emergency

Appropriations

A BILL for an Act to provide an appropriation for defraying the expenses of the veterans' home and department of veterans' affairs; and to declare an emergency.

Veterans' Home Budget

Origination of bill: NDDVA, Veterans' Home

Appropriations for ND DVA and Veterans Home Budgets.

Adds one time funding for discharge project and website for NDDVA.

  • Creates and enacts a new section to NDCC 37-15 by creating a Melvin Norgard Memorial Fund which all monies donated to home will be deposited in this fund, the Governing board of the Veterans Home will recommend projects and programs to be funded by this fund and appropriations shall consider the recommendations.
  • Adds studies to determine the options for the old Veterans Home and to study the delivery of services to Veterans. (These studies were not selected by the Legislative Management Committee to move forward during the interim.)
  • Used mineral rights donated monies to fund
    • Re-grading of Oxbow, sprinkler system, and landscaping: $126,500
    • Move gazebo: $75,000
    • Architect fees - shop: $10,000
Date of Meeting: January 10, 2017

Appropriations Veterans Cemetery and ND National Guard

A BILL for an Act to provide an appropriation for defraying the expenses of the office of the adjutant general; and to provide a transfer. Legislative Appropriations Bill.

SECTION 3. VETERANS' CEMETERY MAINTENANCE FUND - APPROPRIATION.

In addition to the amount appropriated to the adjutant general in the veterans' cemetery line item in subdivision 1 of section 1 of this Act, there is appropriated any additional funds that are received and deposited in the veterans' cemetery maintenance fund pursuant to sections 37-03-14 and 39-04-10.10 for the operation of the North Dakota veterans' cemetery for the biennium beginning July 1, 2017, and ending June 30, 2019.
 
This agency bill will be combined with Governor Dalrymple's budget bill HB1076 and Governor Burgum's Bill. HB1016 will be final bill.

HOUSE AMENDMENTS & ACTIONS

  • Reduced General fund expenditures with Other income (Federal) by: $1,320,635
    • Reduced operating expenses: -$192,613
    • Added Capital Assets: $32,975,000 (Non-General Fund)
    • Reduced Grants: -$190,961
    • Reduced Civil Air Patrol Funding: -$11,986
    • Increase Tuition, recruiting and retention: $100,000
    • Increased Air guard contract: $35,249
    • Reduced Army guard contract -$2,167,524
    • Increased funding for Veterans Cemetery: $70,835
    • Reduced Reintegration program: -$641,115
  • Committee recommended DO PASS 16-0-5 HJ 567
  • PASSED HOUSE 88-3-3 HJ 802
 

Adjutant Generals Office Budget (NDNG)

  • Added:$600,000 additional for Veterans Bonus Program
  • Added additional $44,098 for Civil Air Patrol
  • Added additional $110,000 for Tuition Assistance
  • Added additional $70,089 for Veterans Cemetery ($647,006 total)
  • Added additional $9,531 for Reintegration program

Appropriation

A BILL for an Act to provide an appropriation for defraying the expenses of the adjutant general; to provide an exemption to section 54-44.1-11 of the North Dakota Century Code, relating to unexpended appropriations; and to declare an emergency.

Appropriation

A BILL for an Act making an appropriation for defraying the expenses of various state departments and institutions; and to declare an emergency.

Date of Meeting: January 10, 2017

Hunting License for Injured Military Wildlife Project

A BILL for an Act to create and enact chapter 20.1-05.1 of the North Dakota Century Code, relating to authorization for issuance of special allocation hunting licenses; to amend and reenact sections 20.1-02-04, 20.1-04-07, 20.1-08-04.1, 20.1-08-04.2, and 20.1-08-04.6 of the North Dakota Century Code, relating to authorization for issuance of special allocation hunting licenses; and to repeal sections 20.1-08-04.8, 20.1-08-04.12, and 20.1-08-04.13 of the North Dakota Century Code, relating to authorization for issuance of special allocation hunting licenses.

This Bill: Is a housekeeping bill which is not intended to change the benefit to veterans
 
Removes section 15 from NDCC 20.1-02-04 which states
 
15. Issue four any deer licenses and six any white-tailed deer licenses annually to the injured military wildlife project of North Dakota for distribution. A license issued under this subsection is valid during the period of the deer bow season.
 
Adds Section 1 to NDCC 20.1-05.1-01 which will state
 
The director shall authorize issuance of the following annual special allocation hunting licenses:
1. Four any deer licenses and six any white-tailed deer licenses per year to the injured military wildlife project of North Dakota for distribution.
FISCAL NOTE  $960 (not General fund dollars)

HOUSE AMENDMENTS & ACTIONS

  • Declared an emergency
  • Changed deer licenses to "deer bow season"
  • Added "if determined appropriate by the director based on sustainability of the species population" to 20.1-05.1-02
  • Committee recommended DO PASS 13-0-1 HJ 136
  • PASSED HOUSE, EMERGENCY CLAUSE CARRIED 89-2 HJ186

FISCAL NOTE: $960 (Unchanged)

SENATE AMENDMENTS & ACTIONS

  • Added Section 2 of SB2228 which failed the Senate
    • Allow four spring wild turkey licenses and permits for ND veterans
      • Selected by nonprofit organization which provides outdoor recreation to Veterans
  • Committee recommended DO PASS 7-0-0 SJ 896
  • Referred back to Committee SJ 916
  • Affected changes to other sections of NDCC 20.1-05.1-01
    • Removed "Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation as one of the Moose license recipients
    • Changed from "50% of raffle net proceeds" to "net proceeds"
      • Changed proceeds going to Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation to North American Wildlife enforcement memorial museum and educational center
    • Removed "North American wild life enforcement memorial museum and educational center as one of the Elk recipients.
      • Changed "50% of net proceeds" to "net proceeds"
      • Added proceeds distributed to Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation
  • Committee recommended DO PASS 7-0-0 SJ 1085
  • PASSED SENATE 47-0 EMERGENCY CLAUSE CARRIED  SJ 1104

FISCAL NOTE $-1,080 (not General fund dollars)

HOUSE REFUSED TO CONCUR HJ 1425

  • House conference committee appointed: D. Anderson, Porter, Mitskog HJ 1425
  • Senate conference committee appointed: Roers, Schaible, Oban SJ 1249
  • Conference Committee Scheduled Hearings
  • Changes made Section 3:
    • Changed from "Individuals" to "Veterans"
    • Added verbiage to show intent that the recreation activities are to improve the health and well-being of veterans and reduce suicide among veterans
    • Added directive on how license is to be provided to veteran
  • PASSED HOUSE 84-6 EMERGENCY CLAUSE CARRIED HJ 1644
  • PASSED SENATE 45-0 EMERGENCY CLAUSE CARRIED SJ 1447

SIGNED BY PRESIDENT SJ 1480

SIGNED BY SPEAKER HJ 1714

SIGNED BY GOVERNOR HJ 1769

FISCAL NOTE: -$1,800

Appropriations - ND Department of Veterans Affairs Budget

Pre-approved by Commissioner, ACOVA and NDVCC

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

Requested budget changes: 

  • Increase Post War Trust Fund Principal by $1,750,000.Not Approved.
  • Grant funding for Veteran Service Organizations for NSO's $300,000. Not Approved.
  • Appoint State Approving Agency (SAA) to ND DVA. No state funding.-included in Governor's budget, House approved, Senate approved.Approved.
  • Salary equity funding of $55,100-included in governors budget. -Removed by House, Added back by Senate,Removed in Conference committee. Not Approved.
  • Add training position to NDDVA $135,575. Not Approved.
  • Website upgrade: $60,935. Not Approved.
  • Temporary employee funding of $59,488. Not Approved.
  • Continued funding for PTSD dogs at $100,000. House denied, Senate added to budget at $50,000. Conference committee Approved.
  • Continued funding for Agent Orange Outreach program at $50,000. Not Approved. Approved in HB 1372.
  • increase stand down budget from $10,000 to $20,000 -included in governors budget.-House reduced to $15,000 added requirements, Senate increased to $20,000 removed requirements set by House.Approved at $20,000.
  • Continued funding for transportation vans at $15,000-included in governors budget, House approved, Senate approved.Approved.
  • Add marketing and advertising to budget at $20,000. Not Approved.
  • Add PTSD and TBI treatment study at $108,352. Not Approved.

 

Protection and Reimbursement for Property Damage in Emergency

  • Protects NDNG and Emergency Management from liability in natural disaster relief efforts
  • Provides reimbursements to property owners for damages

Disorderly Conduct at Funerals of Military/Veterans

A BILL for an Act to create and enact a new section to chapter 12.1-31 of the North Dakota Century Code, relating to disorderly conduct at a funeral; to provide a penalty; and to declare an emergency.

Servicemembers Civil Relief Act

A BILL for an Act to create and enact a new subdivision to subsection 1 of section 57-38-40 of the North Dakota Century Code, relating to the filing period for a claim for credit or refund attributable to the Servicemembers Civil Relief Act by a nonresident member of the United States armed services; to provide an effective date; and to provide an expiration date.

Date of Meeting: January 10, 2017

Property Tax Credit Disabled Veteran Family Trust

A BILL for an Act to amend and reenact section 57-02-08.8 of the North Dakota Century Code, relating to application of the property tax credit for disabled veterans to properties placed in trust for a surviving spouse; and to provide an effective date.

This bill would...

  • Extend property tax exemption to homesteads held in family trust after veteran is deceased.

FISCAL NOTE: Cannot be determined

HOUSE AMENDMENTS & ACTIONS

  • Added: "a revocable or irrevocable" to the trust for the unremarried surviving spouse...
  • Committee recommended DO NOT PASS 9-5-0 HJ 121
  • PASSED HOUSE: 58-36 HJ147

FISCAL NOTE: Unchanged

SENATE AMENDMENTS & ACTIONS

NDNG Members Pay for State Active Duty

  • Adds to NG pay allowances: “Each enlisted member shall also receive a state active duty pay enhancement of one hundred dollars for every fourteen consecutive days spent on state active duty”.
  • Adds to NG pay allowances: “Each commissioned officer member shall also receive a state active duty pay enhancement of one hundred dollars for every fourteen consecutive days spent on state active duty”.
  • Emergency declared on this bill
  • Fiscal note: $10,000 for 2011-2013. $40,000 for 2013-2015.

Veterans Home and Veterans Affairs Governance

A BILL for an Act to create and enact a new section to chapter 37-18 of the North Dakota Century Code, relating to the department of veterans' affairs employees; to amend and reenact section 37-14-18 of the North Dakota Century Code, relating to county veterans' service officers; to provide for reports to the legislative council; and to provide an appropriation.

NDNG-Allows Adjutant General to Provide

  • Adds "Adjutant General Coin" to NDCC 37-01
  • Adds "Disaster Response Coin" to NDCC 37-01
  • Adds a North Dakota state flag may be presented upon retirement to NDNG members with 20 or more years of military service
  • Fiscal note: $20,000. No General funds appropriated

Political Subdivisions Exemption

A BILL for an Act to create and enact two new sections to chapter 54-44.3 of the North Dakota Century Code, relating to authorizing political subdivisions to request an exemption from coverage under the state merit system; and to amend and reenact section 54-44.3-12.1 of the North Dakota Century Code, relating to revisions to the compensation plan established by North Dakota human resource management services.

Purchase of Service Credit for Qualified Military Service

A BILL for an Act to create and enact a new section to chapter 39-03.1, a new section to chapter 54-52, a new section to chapter 54-52.1, a new subsection to section 54-52.6-02, and a new section to chapter 54-52.6 of the North Dakota Century Code, relating to military service retirement credit and temporary employee participation in the defined contribution retirement plan under the public employees retirement system and the acceptance and expenditure of funds by the retirement board for the uniform group insurance program from third parties; to amend and reenact various sections and subsections of the North Dakota Century Code, relating to the purchase of service credit for qualified military service, highway patrol retirement options, compliance with Internal Revenue Code provisions, confidentiality of records, purchase of sick leave, eligibility for the law enforcement retirement plan, temporary employee participation in the defined contribution retirement plan, and retirement benefit options under the public employees retirement system; to repeal sections 54-52-19.2 and 54-52.6-09.3 of the North Dakota Century Code, relating to prior service credit under the public employees retirement system and retirement contributions for military service; to provide a continuing appropriation; to provide an appropriation; and to provide an effective date.

Date of Meeting: January 10, 2017

Appropriations ND Veterans Cemetery and ND National Guard:Governor Dalrymple Bill

A BILL for an Act to provide an appropriation for defraying the expenses of the office of adjutant general; and to provide exemptions. 

This is the bill by Governor Dalrymple. This bill along with Governor Burgum bill will be combined with agency bill. Final bill will be HB1016

HOUSE AMENDMENTS & ACTIONS

Refer to HB1016

WSI Coverage for NG Members while on State Active Duty

  • Adds definition of wages for ND members while on state active duty to include income from federal employment and may be included in determining the average weekly wage.
  • Fiscal note: $0.
Date of Meeting: January 10, 2017

Veterans Preference

A BILL for an Act to amend and reenact section 1-03-01, subsection 1 of section 37-19.1-04, subsection 6 of section 44-04-18.4, subsection 8 of section 54-06-25, sections 54-06-26 and 54-44.3-01.2, subsection 2 of section 54-44.3-03, and sections 54-44.3-05 and 54-44.4-02.1 of the North Dakota Century Code, relating to holidays, bids and proposals received by public entities, notification of nonapplicability of veteran's preference, electronic ballot submission, long distance tolls, salary compensation comparison records, state personnel board vacancy filling procedures, secret ballot election rules, and reports of services.

This bill does not effect the benefit to veterans. This bill:

  • relates to ND Veterans Preference
  • allows for notification of non-hire to be made by electronic notification through the online recruiting solution system
  • removes "Certified Mail" as an option

HOUSE AMENDMENTS & ACTIONS

​SENATE AMENDMENTS & ACTIONS

  • Amended: reinserted "Certified Mail" as an option
  • Committee recommended DO PASS 6-0-0 SJ 722
  • PASSED SENATE 47-0 SJ 755

HOUSE CONCURRED TO SENATE AMENDMENTS 

SIGNED BY PRESIDENT SJ 1293

SIGNED BY SPEAKER HJ 1593

SIGNED BY GOVERNOR HJ 1618

North Dakota National Guard Operations

A BILL for an Act to amend and reenact sections 37‑01‑43, 37‑04‑16, 37‑07.2‑01, subsection 6 of 37‑28‑02, and section 37‑28‑03 of the North Dakota Century Code, relating to the operation of the North Dakota national guard; and to declare an emergency.

Criminal History Record Checks

A BILL for an Act to create and enact a new subdivision to subsection 2 of section 12-60-24 of the North Dakota Century Code, relating to criminal history record checks for the office of the adjutant general; and to declare an emergency.

Veterans In Court

A BILL for an Act to create and enact a new subsection to section 12.1-32-02 of the North Dakota Century Code, relating to sentencing of current and former members of the military.

  • Veterans found guilty of a crime court shall
    • inquire into military service
    • inquire into veteran having any behavior health condition
  • Court may:
    • Conduct presentence investigation and prepare report regarding treatment options with federal, state and local programs
    • Consider treatment recommendations in imposing sentence
  • Fiscal note: $0

House Amendments:

  • Replaced "Is Convicted" with "has pled or is found guilty"
  • Removed requirement of previously being diagnosed with a mental illness
  • Added "there is reason to believe there is a behavioral health condition"

Passed House with amendments. 78,13,0

Senate Amendments:

  • Changed bill to a study

Passed Senate with amendments: 46,0,0

House refused to concur

Conference Committee assigned: Representatives Paur, Maragos, Delmore and Senators Armstrong, Hogue, and Nelson.

  • Changed wording of the study

Passed House: 88,4

Passed Senate: 46,0

 

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