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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

Appropriation for Transfer to Veterans' Postwar Trust Fund

Origination of bill: Commissioner, ACOVA, NDVCC

  • Appropriated $210,000 to the Department of Veterans Affairs to be used in lieu of income generated from the veterans' postwar trust fund for programs authorized by law to benefit and serve veterans or their dependents.
  • Appropriated $50,000 to the Department of Veterans Affairs for purchasing vans for the transport of veterans or their dependents. General fund dollars.
  • Begins July 1, 2011 - June 30, 2013

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.

Transportation Services for Veterans

A Bill for an Act to amend and reenact section 39-04.2-04 of the North Dakota Century Code, relating to conditions for public transportation funding.

  • Bill would allow disabled veterans to utilize public transportation services without any charge.
    • If public transportation provider receives funds from the public transportation fund.

House: 

  • Discussed amendment to remove "disabled".
  • Removed all sections of the bill and replaced with a "Study".

A BILL for an Act to provide for a legislative management study regarding the provision of transportation services to veterans and the impact on transportation service providers.

Senate:

  • Removed study
  • returned to original bill before house amendments

House refused to concur

Conference committee assigned

  • Senate receded amendments

Passed House and Senate as a study

Admin Practices Act

A BILL for an Act to provide for a legislative council study of agency exemptions from the Administrative Agencies Practice Act.

  • Puts ACOVA under the Administrative Agencies Practice Act.

Adjusted Compensation for Deployed Veterans

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 the definition of foreign service and period of service and payment of adjusted compensation for domestic and foreign service; to amend and reenact section 6 of chapter 17 of the 2005 Session Laws, as amended by section 10 of chapter 42 of the 2007 Session Laws, relating to payment of adjusted compensation for veterans; and to declare an emergency.

Uniform Group Insurance Program

A BILL for an Act to create and enact a new subsection to section 54-52-04 and two new sections to chapter 54-52.1 of the North Dakota Century Code, relating to expansion of the uniform group insurance program to allow participation by members of the North Dakota national guard; to amend and reenact section 54-52.1-02 of the North Dakota Century Code, relating to subgroups under the uniform group insurance program; and to provide a continuing appropriation.

  • Allows National Guard members to participate in the state's health insurance plan.

Veterans' Preference Appeals Hearings

A BILL for an Act to amend and reenact subsection 1 of section 37-19.1-04 of the North Dakota Century Code, relating to veterans' preference.

Occupational Licensing Board

A BILL for an Act to create and enact a new section to chapter 43-51 of the North Dakota Century Code, relating to military service member exceptions to occupational licensing board license renewal requirements; to provide for application; and to declare an emergency.

Maintenance of Veterans' Memorial

A BILL for an Act to provide for inspection and repair recommendations for the veterans' memorial on the capitol grounds.

  • 63rd Legislative assembly to urge USAF to select GFAFB
  • Secretary of State to send resolution to commander of GFAFB, General of USAF and each member of ND Congressional Delegation

Delivery of Veterans' Services by the State and Counties

A concurrent resolution directing the Legislative Council to study the delivery of veterans' services by the state and counties.

Military Force Structure in State

A concurrent resolution in support of the efforts of the Congressional Delegation, the Governor's Task Force on Military in North Dakota, the Grand Forks Council on Military Relations, the Minot Task Force 21, and the Fargo-Moorhead (F-M) Air National Guard Support Group to maintain and enhance military force structure and missions in this state and support of state and local officials in their efforts to keep this state a first-class place for members of the armed forces to live and work.

  • Supports delegation's efforts to maintain/enhance military force structure in state.

Delivery and Funding of Veterans' Services

A concurrent resolution directing the Legislative Council to study the delivery and funding of veterans' services by the state and counties.

ND Department of Veterans Affairs Budget 

A BILL for an Act to provide an appropriation for defraying the expenses of the veterans' home and department of veterans' affairs; to provide for contingent funding; to provide an exception to the moratorium on expansion of basic care bed capacity; to provide legislative intent; and to provide for a report to the budget section.

ND DVA Budget

  • Veterans Affairs: Adds one FTE
  • Veterans Affairs: $15,000 for website improvements
  • Veterans Home funding: Demolish old veterans home $1,121,000
  • Veterans Home Approved: Hold over Veterans Home construction funds into next biennium to complete all billings
  • Veterans Home Approved: Carry over funding for Electronic Health record system into next biennium
  • Veterans Home Approved: Authorization of Melvin Norgard funds for construction of a workshop $788,200
  • Reduced Veterans Home operating budget by $50,000
  • Reduced Veterans Home and Veterans Affairs salary enhancements by $455,431
  • Added $10,000 to Veterans Affairs for Stand Down event grants
  • Added one time funding of $30,000 to Veterans Affairs for purchase of transportation vans
  • Added requirement for Veterans Affairs to prepare a transportation van replacement plan for 64th Legislative assembly and seek state funding for vans based on the plan

Veterans' Home and DVA expenses

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

Appropriations

A BILL for an Act to provide an appropriation for defraying the expenses of the department of transportation; to create and enact a new section to chapter 24-01, section 24-02-40.1, a new section to chapter 24-08, and section 57-43.1-03.2 of the North Dakota Century Code, relating to the highway performance classification plan, grant or revenue anticipation financing by the department of transportation, naming of the liberty memorial bridge, and refunds of certain fuels taxes paid by native Americans; to amend and reenact sections 24-01-03, 24-01-51, 39-04-19, 57-40.3-10, 57-43.1-02, and 57-43.2-02 of the North Dakota Century Code, relating to highway and bridge maintenance, haying of no-mow areas, motor vehicle registration fees, motor vehicle excise tax revenue, and motor vehicle fuels and special fuels tax rates; to repeal section 39-04-29.5 of the North Dakota Century Code, relating to allocation of motor vehicle registration fees; to provide an effective date; to provide a contingent expiration date; and to declare an emergency.

Appropriation

A BILL for an Act to provide an appropriation for defraying the expenses of the commissioner of university and school lands; to provide a continuing appropriation; to provide for distribution amounts from permanent funds; and to create and enact a new section to chapter 15-08.1 of the North Dakota Century Code, relating to a continuing appropriation from the lands and minerals trust fund.

Adjutant General (National Guard Budget) Appropriations

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

Appropriations

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

Veterans Home Construction Appropriation

A BILL for an Act providing an appropriation for defraying the expenses of the veterans' home for the purpose of building a new facility; to amend and reenact sections 1 and 2 of chapter 55 of the 2007 Session Laws, relating to the veterans' home construction project; to provide an exemption; and to declare an emergency.

Tax Exemption: Military retirement Pay.

Pre-Approved by ACOVA and NDVCC

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; and to provide an effective date.

  • Military retirement pay exempt from ND income tax
  • Military retirement payments to surviving spouse exempt from ND income tax

Honor Guard Leave for State Employees

Origination: DOT, Sen. Lyson

Provides 24 hours of paid leave time for classified government employees to participate in honor guard for funerals.

NDNG State Active Duty

  • Protects National Guard members from employer discrimination when involuntarily activated for State Active Duty emergencies for more than twenty regular working days in a calendar year. Under NDCC 37-29-03
  • Fiscal note: $0

Child Custody of a Service Member Parent

A BILL for an Act to create and enact a new subsection to section 14-09-06.6 of the North Dakota Century Code, relating to the modification of custody of a child with a service member parent.

Medical Expenses ND National Guard

Origination: Adjutant General

The North Dakota National Guard is authorized to pay medical expenses for National Guard members who are called to state active duty when the member sustains an injury or illness that is found to have occurred within the line of duty and is not covered by workforce safety and insurance and when such treatment occurred while on state active duty. Payments shall be made only for costs not covered by other health insurance. Coverage of qualifying medical expenses is subject to rules set forth by the office of the adjutant general and subject to available funds.

National Guard Can Recall Former Members

Origination: Adjutant General

Authorize the adjutant general to recall to state active duty, on a volunteer basis, former members of the North Dakota National Guard. Those recalled must possess the qualifications required by the disaster or emergency. Recall under this subsection is effective only for the duration of the disaster or emergency and recalled personnel will be released from state active duty upon competent authority that the requirement of their service under this subsection has passed. Compensation for personnel recalled under this subsection will be based upon section 37-07-05.

ND National Guard UCMJ and License Plates

  • Adds state active duty time to be subject to discipline as set forth in USMJ
  • Changes to veteran definition dates for adjusted compensation (war bonus)
  • Adds motorcycle plates available for NDNG license plates
  • Fiscal note: $0

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