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National Guard Free Vehicle Registration

A BILL for an Act to create and enact a new subdivision to subsection 2 of section 39-04-18 of the North Dakota Century Code, relating to motor vehicle registration fees for current and former national guard members.

  • Allows free vehicle registration to ND resident who is a current or retired member of the National Guard.
  • Fiscal note: $172,072

Tuition Reduction for Dependents of Disabled Veterans

Pre-approved by Commissioner, ACOVA, and NDVCC

A BILL for an Act to amend and reenact subsection 1 of section 15‑10‑18.2 and section 15‑10‑18.3 of the North Dakota Century Code, relating to tuition reduction for dependents of disabled veterans based on disability ratings.

  • Dependents of veterans with a VA disability rating of 50-90% to receive tuition reduction equal to veterans disability rating
  • Fiscal note: $2,327,000

House Appropriations Amendment:

  • Removed 50% and replaced with 75%
  • Failed House

Content of bill amended and added to SB 2346 by House GVA

  • Amendment replaced 75% with 90%
  • Fiscal Note: $325,000

SB 2346 received "Do NOT Pass" from house Appropriations

Failed to pass

Veteran/Spouse License Plates

Origination: Commissioner, ACOVA, NDVCC

  • Gold Star plates-removes initial ($15) and annual ($10) fee for plates
  • POW Plates-no additional or annual fee for plates
    • Allows two plates
    • Allows spouse to retain one plate after veterans' death
  • 100% disabled (DAV plate)-no additional or annual ($5) fee for plates 
  • Four patriotic license plates added. (from failed HB 1323)
    • Funds to go to PWTF.
      • Removed and included with DOT budget when new ND license plates are issued.
        • Not found in DOT budget-2015 new bill introduced (HB1360)
  • Fiscal note: $12,500. No appropriations.

Honoring Certain National Guard and Reserve Members as Veterans

A BILL for an Act to create and enact a new section to chapter 37-01 of the North Dakota Century Code, relating to honoring certain members of the national guard, the armed forces reserve of the United States, and the active duty forces of the United States as veterans.

  • Honorably discharged National Guard members who otherwise do not qualify as veterans will be honored as a Veteran
  • Will not be entitled to any veterans benefits
  • Fiscal note: None

Disabled Veteran Benefits and Tax Treatment

Origination: NDDVA, ACOVA

Adds: Individual unemployability as qualifying as 100% or Total Disabled to benefits for property tax exemption (effective for tax years after Dec. 31, 2010), free tuition, vehicle plates, and vehicle excise tax

Adds: un-remarried surviving spouse in receipt of DIC will receive 100% of the property tax exemption and continue veterans vehicle excise tax exemption after death.

Free Tuition for Surviving Dependents

  • Allows eligible dependents to use free tuition benefit if 100% disabled veteran dies before dependent enrolls in school
  • Fiscal note: $0

Professional Licensure of Military Spouses

  • Provides provisional licenses to spouses of military stationed in ND or stationed in ND before a temporary assignment to duties outside of ND
  • Boards to adopt rules and provide temporary licensure on case-by-case basis
  • State board of architecture and landscape architecture is exempt from this mandate
  • Fiscal note: $0

Child of Military Family - Educational Transfer

If the child of a military family transfers into this state, the superintendent of the receiving school district, whenever discretion or judgment is possible, shall apply the provisions of title 15.1 and any rules adopted to implement title 15.1 in a manner that is the least restrictive and the most conductive to facilitating the student's educational advancement, as well as the student's participation in all extracurricular academic, athletic, and social activities.

Income Tax Deduction for Military Retirement Pay

  • Exempt Federally taxed income from military retirement pay from ND income tax

Renter Credit for Disabled Veteran

A BILL for an Act to amend and reenact section 57-02-08.8 of the North Dakota Century Code, relating to a renter credit for a disabled veteran who would qualify for the property tax credit for disabled veterans except for the fact that the disabled veteran rents living quarters; and to provide an effective date.

  • Veterans with disability rating of 50% or more who are eligible for property tax credit but rent would receive a renters credit
  • Fiscal note: $2,020,000

Veterans Home Geothermal Heating Appropriation

A BILL for an Act to provide an appropriation to the state veterans' home for a geothermal heating system; and to declare an emergency.

Korean War Dates Corrected

Origination: ACOVA

Corrects NDCC dates of Korean War to match Federal VA dates (for use in applying for North Dakota Honorary High School diploma).

Resident Tuition for Spouses and Dependents

  • Adds Spouse and Dependents of Veterans to allow resident tuition rates if veteran is eligible to transfer Post 9-11 GI Bill benefits
  • Separates Spouse and Dependents of Veterans into two sections
  • Adds "Reserve component" members, spouses and dependents as eligible
  • Fiscal Note: $15,000

Property Tax Relief. Freeze Value of Home

  • Allows Veterans eligible for disabled Veteran tax credit to freeze value of primary residence
  • Fiscal note: $478,000

Military Retired Pay Exemption

Origination: Rep. Klein

First $5,000 of military retirement pay exempt from ND income tax for persons over 50 years old. Included firefighters, police highway patrol and government retirees.

Veterans Upward Bound

  • $325,000 appropriated for Veterans Upward Bound program
  • Provides classroom instruction which prepares veterans for college
  • Provide assistance to eligible veterans enrolled at or in process of enrolling at institute of higher education in ND or adjacent state institution participating in course exchange agreement with ND institution
  • ND Department of veterans affairs may accept and expend gifts, grants, and donations for providing additional assistance to eligible veterans

Death Benefits for OEF/OIF Veterans

A BILL for an Act to amend and reenact section 37-28-04 of the North Dakota Century Code, relating to the death benefits for veterans; and to declare an emergency.

  • Raises death benefit for OEF/OIF veterans from $2,500 to $5,000

Military Children Compact

  • Extends law allowing state of ND to join in pact with other states to allow children of military members transferred into or out of ND to maintain their grade (year in school) level

Homestead Tax Credit

  • Increases property tax exemption limit for disabled veterans from $120,000 full and True ($5,400 taxable value) to $150,000 ($6,750 taxable value)
  • Effective date of 12-31-2012. And 12-31-2013 for mobile homes.
  • Fiscal note: $477,000. State general funds reimbursement

Property Tax Exemption

Removed the 50% or greater. So any % would get that % of tax exemption on first $120,000 of property value.

Melvin Norgard Memorial Fund

  • Allow veterans home administrator to expend funds up to $10,000. Over $10,000 must be approved by governing board.
  • Requires governing board gain ACOVA approval for expenditures
  • Expenditures made solely for projects and programs to benefit and serve the residents of the veterans home.

Educational Opportunity for Military Children

A BILL for an Act to provide for a legislative council study of the Interstate Compact on Educational Opportunity for Military Children.

CVSO as Conservator

Origination: Commissioner, ACOVA, NDVCC

  • Removes from NDCC 37-14-18 exemption for CVSOs to serve as conservator/fiduciary if appointed by County Commission
  • Fiscal note: $0.

Assistance Relief Application Appeal

Appeals to ACOVA subcommittee of Loan and Grant program would be closed to public, upon the request of the applicant, to protect the medical and financial information of the applicant.

Gaming and Excise Tax

A BILL for an Act to amend and reenact subsection 2 of section 53-06.1-12 of the North Dakota Century Code, relating to gaming and excise taxes; and to provide an effective date.

Patriotic License Plate Decals

Origination: Commissioner, ACOVA, NDVCC

  • Create "Patriotic License Plates" (Decals like military plates)
  • Four Patriotic license plates to be added with new ND license plate issue - proceeds go to Veterans PWTF
  • $15 initial fee and $10 annual fee
  • $10 initial to DOT, $5 initial to PWTF
  • $10 annual fee $5 to principal of PWTF $5 available for programs

Income Tax Deduction for Retired Military Personnel Pay

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 pay; to amend and reenact subdivision k of subsection 1 of section 57-38-01.2 of the North Dakota Century Code, relating to an income tax deduction for retired military personnel pay; and to provide an effective date.

Deer License for Injured Military Wildlife Project (Wounded Warrior)

  • Change from "Wounded Warrior Project" to "Injured Military Wildlife Project of ND"
  • Maintained 4 any deer licenses
  • Added 6 any white-tailed deer licenses
  • Change license valid from "opening of youth deer season through the close of deer season" to "during the period of the deer bow season"
  • Fiscal note: $240. Not general fund dollars.

Adjusted Compensation for Domestic Service by Active Component Members

A BILL for an Act to amend and reenact sections 37-28-02 and 37-28-03 of the North Dakota Century Code, relating to adjusted compensation for domestic service by active component members.

Create Patriotic Number License Plates, DAV Plate Changes

Pre-approved by Commissioner, ACOVA, and NDVCC

A BILL for an Act to create and enact a new section to chapter 39‑04 of the North Dakota Century Code, relating to patriotic number plates; and to amend and reenact subdivision j of subsection 2 of section 39‑04‑18 of the North Dakota Century Code, relating to disabled veteran motor vehicle registration.

  • Create three (3) patriotic license plates available to general public
    • American Flag
    • Bald Eagle
    • Boony Stomper
  • Funds from plates would go to Veterans Post War Trust Fund Principal
  • DAV Plates
    • Allow surviving spouse to retain one set of plates
    • Allow eligible veteran the option of other veteran plates and retain registration exemption
  • Fiscal Note: $488,532

Appropriation for Vehicles for Transportation-Related Services for Veterans

Bill pre-approved by Commissioner

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

  • Allow ND DVA to accept and expend federal grant dollars for rural veterans transportation program

Grants to Identify and Provide Services to Veterans Exposed to Agent Orange

Bill origination: Representative Trottier, Wayne

Pre-approved by Commissioner, ACOVA, and NDVCC

A BILL for an Act to provide an appropriation for the identification of and provision of services to veterans exposed to agent orange.

  • Provide $100,000 grant fund to the ND chapter of the Vietnam Veterans of America for purposes of reaching out to Vietnam Veterans to educate them on Agent Orange.

House Amendment:

  • Changed from $100,000 to $50,000

Senate Amendment:

  • Added additional $25,000 from environmental and rangeland protection fund

House refused to concur: sent to conference committee

 

National Guard Group Life Insurance

Origination: Rep. DeKrey

Pay for first $250,000 of National Guard Members group life insurance premiums. Changed to an interim study of the benefits of ND and other state guard members.

Veterans' Affairs Administrative Committee Membership and Compensation

Origination: Rep. Grande, Sen. Dever

Would remove the ACOVA Commissioner appointed by Governor. State Treasurer, Secretary of State, and Director of Human Services would be board over Veterans Affairs.

Motor Vehicles of Disabled Veterans Exempt from Registration Fees

A BILL for an Act to amend and reenact subdivision j of subsection 2 of section 39-04-18 of the North Dakota Century Code, relating to motor vehicles of disabled veterans which are exempt from registration fees.

  • Removes weight restriction for qualifying vehicles for disabled veterans to receive disabled veteran license plates and be exempt from motor vehicle excise tax on 2 vehicles.

Agent Orange

Origination: Representative Trottier, ACOVA, NDVCC

  • $50,000 appropriation of general funds to ND Department of Veterans Affairs to provide grants for the identification and provision of services to ND Veterans who had been exposed to Agent Orange during the Vietnam conflict.
  • Requires ND Department of Veterans Affairs to report to the budget section on the use and outcome of the grants awarded
  • Appropriations: $50,000

Veteran Scholarship Grants and Scholarship Program

A BILL for an Act to create and enact a new chapter to title 15 of the North Dakota Century Code, relating to the creation of a veteran scholarship program; and to provide an appropriation.

  • Provide up to a $1,500 scholarship grants per semester to qualified ND Veterans

Military Surviving Family Member Special Plates

A BILL for an Act to create and enact section 39-04-10.14 of the North Dakota Century Code, relating to the issuance of special plates for surviving family members of fallen members of the United States military.

Wounded Warrior Project Deer Licenses

Issue four any deer licenses annually to the wounded warrior project for distribution. A license issued under this subsection is valid from the opening of the youth deer season through the close of the deer season.

Armed Services' Member Room in County Buildings

A BILL for an Act to amend and reenact section 11-11-50 of the North Dakota Century Code, relating to an armed services' room in courthouses.

  • NDCC 11-11-50 currently requires certain counties to provide a room in county courthouse for veterans of war. 
  • This bill would:
    • Allow that rooms to be located in a county office building
    • Change rooms from exclusively for war veterans to priority preference of use by war veterans
  • Fiscal Note: None

House actions

  • Removed requirement of "war time"

Senate actions

  • Changed from "Rooms" to "an adequate Room"

House Concurred with Senate amendment

Income Tax Deduction for Retired Military Personnel Pay

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 pay; to amend and reenact subdivisions k and l of subsection 1 of section 57-38-01.2 of the North Dakota Century Code, relating to an income tax deduction for retired military personnel pay; and to provide an effective date.

  • Exempts retired military pay from state income taxes

Repeal of Tobacco Tax Exemption

A BILL for an Act to amend and reenact subsection 10 of section 57-36-01, sections 57-36-25 and 57-36-28, and sections 57‑36‑31 and 57‑36‑32 of the North Dakota Century Code, relating to the excise taxes on tobacco products and the cigarette tax; to repeal section 57‑36‑24 of the North Dakota Century Code, relating to the exemption from the tobacco tax for products given to the veterans' home and the state hospital; and to provide a continuing appropriation.

  • Repeals NDCC 57-36-24
    • 57-36-24. Exemptions: All gift cigarettes, snuff, cigars, and other tobacco products, not for resale, which are given to the North Dakota veterans' home or the North Dakota state hospital for distribution to the occupants thereof, are exempt from the excise taxes levied under this chapter.
  • Fiscal note:
    • Adds tax revenue to:
      • Cities: $18.1 Million
      • Counties $31.3 Million
      • State General Fund: $13.8 Million
      • Community Health Trust Fund: $75.4 Million

 

Study on Treatments for PTSD and Traumatic Brain Injuries (TBI)

  • A study for nontraditional healing therapies, massage, healing touch, reflexology, stress management, yoga, hyperbaric chamber treatments and gathers information on the needs of women veterans.
  • Appropriations: $0.

Veterans' Home Operating Fund

A BILL for an Act to amend and reenact section 37-15-14 of the North Dakota Century Code, relating to the veterans' home operating fund expenditures.

County Veterans Service Officers

Origination: House Government & Veterans Affairs Committee

Would update the requirement of CVSO's to be accredited with NACVSO by August 1, 2011 by removing the date and requiring new CVSO's to attend the NACVSO accreditation training at County expense. Would add qualifications required by Commissioner of Veterans Affairs. Would have changed "May" to "Shall" in working and law requirements.

Fishing License Fees

  • Lowers disability level requirement from 100% to 50%
  • Adds Unemployability
  • Fee goes from $3 to $5
  • Fiscal note: $1,425. Not general funds.

Unauthorized Use of Name or Image of Military Members

A BILL for an Act to provide for a legislative council study of the feasibility and desirability of restricting the unauthorized use of the name or image of a current or former member of the military.

  • Makes theft of name or image of Armed Forces individual a crime.

Post War Trust Fund (PWTF)

Origination of bill: Commissioner, ACOVA, NDVCC

  • Adds $250,000 in general funds to the principal of the PWTF

Disabled Veterans Rent Credit

Origination of bill: Representative Guggisberg, Ron

  • Provided renters credit for 50% or higher disabled veterans who would qualify for property tax exemption, but rent.
  • Fiscal note: $1,472,000

Appropriations for Transfer to Veterans' Postwar Trust Fund

Origination: NDDVA, ACOVA

  • $210,000 one time funding in lieu of income earned from the PWTF
  • $50,000 one time funding for purchase of transportation vans
  • Changed NDCC 37-14-14 so that interest earnings from PWTF during current biennium to be spent in next biennium and not in the biennium the income was earned.

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