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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

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.

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

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

Veterans Home Improvements Appropriation

A BILL for an Act to provide an appropriation to the state veterans' home for improvements associated with the new veterans' home and a geothermal heating system; to provide a contingent appropriation; to provide for a report to the budget section; and to declare an emergency.

Veterans Resident Tuition for Higher Education

A BILL for an Act to amend and reenact section 15-10-18.2 and 15-10-19.1 of the North Dakota Century Code, relating to tuition and tuition waivers for veterans and their dependents at state institutions of higher education.

Definition of Veteran and Civil Service Codes

Origination: Adjutant General

  • Changes Court martial code editions. Replaces Soldiers and Sailors civil relief act with Service member's civil relief act.
  • Change definition of veteran: "Veteran" means a member of the national guard or reserve component who was activated under 10 U.S.C. 12301, as effective through October 2004, and 10 U.S.C. 12302, as effective through 2004, and who completed honorable and faithful service of more than thirty days on active duty in the armed forces of the United States at any time during the period of service, or active component member awarded the expeditionary medal or campaign badge for service after December 5, 1992, who was a resident of the state of North Dakota, and who has not received bonus or adjusted compensation from another state for the period of service.

Interment at Veterans’ Cemetery Eligibility

  • Add: "a child who is without any sibling and who survives the veteran" to eligibility for internment at ND State Veterans Cemetary
  • Fiscal note: $350,000. Federal VA Cemetery Grants

National Guard: State Employee Retirement Plans and Contributions

A BILL for an Act to amend and reenact sections 54‑52‑06.2, 54‑52‑06.4, and 54‑52‑06.5, and subsection 3 of section 54‑52‑17 of the North Dakota Century Code, relating to state employee retirement plans and retirement contributions by national guard security officers and firefighters.

Property Tax Credit for Disabled Veterans

A BILL for an Act to amend and reenact section 57‑02‑08.8 of the North Dakota Century Code, relating to the property tax credit for disabled veterans and extension of the disabled veterans' property tax credit to the disabled veteran's surviving spouse; and to provide an effective date.

  • Changes to Property Tax exemption for Disabled Veterans to include credit for value of land:
    • Removes the wording: of the fixtures, buildings, and improvements
    • Changes from exemption to credit

Senate Amendment:

  • Changes to Property Tax exemption for surviving spouse of disabled veteran:
    • Allows a remarried spouse to regain eligibility if subsequent marriage ends

House Amendment:

  • Removed exemption for re-married spouse.

Senate refused to concur to House Amendment

Conference committee assigned

Military Service Members Remains Designee

Origination: Adjutant General

If the decedent died while serving in any branch of the United States armed forces, the United States reserve forces, or the National Guard, as provided by 10 U.S.C. 1481 section (a)(1) through (8) as effective through December 2001, and completed a United States department of defense record of emergency data, DD form 93, or its successor form or its equivalent branch's form, the duty to bury the decedent or to provide other funeral and disposition arrangements for the decedent devolves on the person authorized by the decedent pursuant to that form.

ND National Guard-Emergency Management

  • Allows local emergency management organizations to enter into interstate mutual aid agreements with nearby political subdivisions.

Military Oversees Voters

Origination: Commission on Uniform State Laws

Provides for military oversees voters to vote absentee ballots.

DAV Plates

  • Allows 100% disabled Veterans with DAV plates to park in handicapped parking without additional handicapped parking tab
  • Fiscal note: $0

Child Custody

  • Addresses visitation rights of family members of children whose parent is deployed
  • Addresses military deployments when considering child custody
  • Addresses temporary child custody while custodial parent is deployed
  • Includes Redeploying and Redeployment
  • Fiscal note: $0

Veterans Preference

  • Provides protection for private employers who establish a veterans preference hiring program
  • Employer not held liable from lawsuits by protected classes (Age, national origin, etc.)
  • Fiscal note: $0

Veterans Home Fees and Telephone Services

A BILL for an Act to create and enact a new section to chapter 37-15 of the North Dakota Century Code, relating to telephone services at the veterans' home; and to amend and reenact sections 37-15-10 and 37-15-14.1 of the North Dakota Century Code, relating to admission to and fees paid by residents of the veterans' home.

Motor Vehicle Veterans' Purple Heart Number Plates

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 a purple heart recipient exemption from motor vehicle registration fees; and to amend and reenact section 39-04-10.10 of the North Dakota Century Code, relating to veterans' number plates.

  • Veterans who are Purple Heart recipient shall:
    • Not have to pay initial or annual fee for distinctive purple heart license plates for one vehicle
    • Be exempt from paying vehicle registration for one vehicle
  • Fiscal note: $31,632

ND 211 Services

211-1 would provide services for Veterans and families to get connected to health and human services for mental health.

TBI Services

There is appropriated out of any moneys in the general fund in the state treasury, not otherwise appropriated, the sum of $110,000, or so much of the sum as may be necessary, to the department of human services for the purpose of providing traumatic brain injury case management services in eastern North Dakota, for the biennium beginning July 1, 2011, and ending June 30, 2013.

Vietnam Veterans' 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 Vietnam Veterans' Day; and to declare an emergency.

Provision of Services to Individuals with Traumatic Brain Injury

A BILL for an Act to create and enact five new sections to chapter 50-06.4 and a new section to chapter 50-24.1 of the North Dakota Century Code, relating to the provision of services to individuals with traumatic brain injury; to amend sections 50-06.4-02 and 54-38-05 of the North Dakota Century Code, relating to joint meetings and duties of the department of human services; and to provide an appropriation.

Disabled Veteran Property Tax Exemption and Appropriation

A BILL for an Act to create and enact a new section to chapter 57-02 of the North Dakota Century Code and a new section to Senate Bill No. 2184, as approved by the sixty-first legislative assembly, relating to a property tax credit for disabled veterans and to declare Senate Bill No. 2184, as approved by the sixty-first legislative assembly, to be an emergency; to amend and reenact subsection 20 of section 57-02-08 and subdivision c of subsection 1 of section 57-55-10 of the North Dakota Century Code and section 2 of Senate Bill No. 2184, as approved by the sixty-first legislative assembly, relating to the property tax and mobile home tax exemptions for disabled veterans and the effective date of Senate Bill No. 2184, as approved by the sixty-first legislative assembly; to provide an appropriation; to provide an effective date; and to declare an emergency.

Veterans Preference

  • Adds "administrator" to list of exemptions from Veterans Preference laws
  • Add definition of administrator which adds: assistant or associate school district superintendent, school principal, special education director, director of a multidistrict special education unit, career and technical education director, director of area career and technology center, athletic or activity director.
  • Fiscal note: $0

Book of ND Veterans

  • The Adjutant General shall initiate and coordinate the writing, publishing, and distribution of a record of all North Dakota Veterans, including a record of all North Dakotans killed in action and missing in action since statehood. The Adjutant General shall determine the projected costs for the completion of the writing, publishing, and distribution of the records and present those projections to the legislative management.
  • Appropriations: $0
  • Fiscal note: $0

Veterans Preference (coaches - assistants)

Changes assistant to assistants and adds athletic team coaches as exempt to veteran preference laws in higher education.

Appropriations - Veterans' Military Caskets and Urns

A BILL for an Act to provide an appropriation to the adjutant general for veterans' military caskets and urns.

  • Provide military casket at no cost to veterans interred in ND 
  • Fiscal note of $2,800,000

Senate amendments:

  • Moved to ND DVA
  • removed funding of $2,800,00
  • Moved to County Social services

House amendments:

  • Changed from shall to may: allowed family to choose

Senate concurred to house amendments

Passed House

Veterans' Cemetery Burial Fees for Dependents of Veterans

A BILL for an Act to provide for an appropriation for veterans' spouses and dependents burial fees at the veterans' cemetery.

  • Pay for interring veterans eligible spouse and dependents at ND veterans Cemetery
  • Fiscal note: $160,000

House Actions:

  • Passed House GVA 14-0
  • House appropriations recommended Do NOT Pass 19-2-2
  • Failed House

Hunting License for 100% Disabled

  • Added: Definition of a "Disabled Veteran"
  • Added: For a resident disabled veteran combined general game, habitat stamp, small game, and fur-bearer license $3
  • Fiscal note: $10,080. Not general fund dollars.

Tribal Veterans Advisory Commission

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 creation, membership, and duties of the tribal veterans' advisory commission.

  • Creates a ND Tribal Veterans advisory Commission

Property Tax Exemption while on Active Duty

  • Reduce taxable valuation of homestead for each day on Federal active duty divided by total number of days in a year (365). Full year would equal 100% reduction.
  • On first $4,500 of taxable value of homestead.
  • Spouses living together may only apply for 1 exemption
  • Service members living together and not married can apply for full exemption based on the percentage of ownership in the homestead.
  • Fiscal note: No amount provided.

Caskets for Veterans

Origination of Bill: Senator Marcellais, Richard

  • Provide military casket at no cost to veterans interred in ND
  • Type of casket to be approved by Adjutant General
  • Appropriations: $2,800,000

Bill re-introduced in 2015 SB 2238

Veterans' Preference

Origination: NDDVA

Updates the Veterans Preference Laws. Combines the NDCC and the NDAC and separates the Competitive Personnel System and the Non-Competitive Personnel System to make it easier for employers and veterans to understand. Clarifies the appeals process.

Indian Veteran Representative

  • ND Department of Veterans Affairs to provide an Indian Veteran representative in the ND county with the most registered Indian Veterans
  • Appropriations: $25,000

Property Tax Exemption

  • Change disabled veterans homestead taxable valuation limit from $5,400 to $6,750
  • Fiscal note: $477,000

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