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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.

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.

Date of Meeting: December 12, 2016

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. Governors budget rate at 90% of 2015-2017 base budget.

Requested budget changes: Optional Package

  • Restore Base Budget funding to $98,900. Gov. Dalrymple recommends to restore $26,895 for Desktop support
  • Salary Equity Funding: $96,143
  • Funding for Stand Downs: $20,000
  • Funding for Service Dogs for Veterans with PTSD: $50,000
  • Training Position: $145,152
  • Funding Grant for Veteran Service Organizations NSO officer: $300,000
  • Funding for Temporary Employees: $49,500
  • Marketing and Outreach: $20,000
  • Funding for Transportation Vans: $30,000 Gov. Dalrymple recommends $15,000
  • Increase Post War Trust Fund Principal: $1,750,000
  • NDDVA Website upgrade: $67,689
  • Agent Orange Outreach: $50,000
Date of Meeting: December 21, 2016

NDDVA Budget appropriations

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.

Date of Meeting: January 9, 2017

Appropriations - North Dakota Veterans Home: Governor Dalrymple's Bill

Pre-approved by ND Veterans Home Director and ACOVA.

A BILL for an Act to provide an appropriation for defraying the expenses of the ND Veterans Home. Governors budget rate at 90% of 2015-2017 base budget.

This bill is to be combined with SB2007 and defeated by end of session. SB2007 will be final ND Veterans Home budget.

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.

Tuition

A BILL for an Act to amend and reenact subsection 2 of section 15-10-19.1 of the North Dakota Century Code, relating to the definition of resident student for tuition purposes.

Higher Education Tuition and Fees

A BILL for an Act to amend and reenact sections 15-10-18.3 and 15-10-18.5 of the North Dakota Century Code, relating to free higher education tuition and fees for dependents of veterans and survivors of firefighters, emergency medical services personnel, and peace officers.

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.

Date of Meeting: January 9, 2017

Appropriations - ND Department of Veterans Affairs (NDDVA) Budget: Governor Dalrymple's 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. Governors budget rate at 90% of 2015-2017 base budget.

This bill is to be combined with SB2025 and defeated by end of session. SB2025 will be final NDDVA budget.

Job Service Charging of Fees for Services

A BILL for an Act to amend and reenact section 52-08-13 of the North Dakota Century Code, relating to charging of fees for services; and to provide a continuing appropriation.

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: Senators Bekkedahl, Oehlke, Triplett and Representatives Froseth, Klein, and Mitskog

  • Senate Accede's House amendment
    • Exemption for re-married spouse remains removed from the bill

ND Bonus for Service

A BILL for an Act to amend and reenact sections 37-01-04, 37-07.2-01, 37-28-01, 37-28-02, and 37-28-03 of the North Dakota Century Code, relating to the governor's authority to call out the national guard for training, national guard tuition grants, the definition of resident for military adjusted compensation, and the time period for filing claims; and to declare an emergency.

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

Motor Vehicle Excise Tax

A BILL for an Act to amend and reenact subsection 1 of section 57-40.3-04 of the North Dakota Century Code, relating to the exemption from motor vehicle excise taxes on the acquisition or lease of a motor vehicle by a disabled veteran.

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 Admission Requirements

A BILL for an Act to amend and reenact section 37-15-10 of the North Dakota Century Code, relating to admission requirements for veterans at the veterans' home.

Veterans' Aid Fund

A BILL for an Act to amend and reenact section 37-14-07 of the North Dakota Century Code, relating to collecting fees on loans from the veterans' aid fund.

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.

Loans from Veterans' Aid Fund

A BILL for an Act to amend and reenact sections 37-14-04, 37-14-06, and 37-14-07 of the North Dakota Century Code, relating to loans made from the veterans' aid fund.

  • Allows a veteran to combine more than one veterans' aid loan into one loan as long as total does not exceed $5,000.00

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

Adjusted Compensation

A BILL for an Act to provide adjusted compensation for eligible resident veterans and for the filing and payment of claims, duties of the adjutant general, and exemption from taxation and execution for such payments; to provide a penalty; and to declare an emergency.

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.

Property Tax Exemption

A BILL for an Act to amend and reenact subsection 20 of section 57-02-08 of the North Dakota Century Code, relating to the homestead property tax exemption for disabled veterans; and to provide an effective date.

  • Provides a property tax exemption for 50% and higher disabled veterans on first $200,000 of home's true and full value - amended to reduce value to $80,000.
Date of Meeting: January 12, 2017

Gaming funds to be used for veterans organizations

A BILL for an Act to amend and reenact section 53-06.1-11.1 of the North Dakota Century Code, relating to eligible uses of net proceeds by licensed gaming organizations.

Bill allows veteran organization gaming to...

  • Utilized gaming funds for direct benefit of the organizations
  • Utilize gaming funds for erection, acquisition, improvement, maintenance, or repair of real or personal property owned or leased by an organization

SENATE AMENDMENTS & ACTIONS

  • Declared an emergency
  • Committee recommends DO PASS 5-0-1
  • PASSED SENATE 44-0 Emergency Clause Carried SJ163

HOUSE AMENDMENTS & ACTIONS

 

 

Date of Meeting: January 12, 2017

Funeral Honor Coins for Veterans

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 conferment of a veterans commemorative memorial coin; and to provide an appropriation to the department of veterans' affairs.

This bill would:
  • Provide $8,500 of general funds for design and purchase of a Veterans Commemorative memorial coin
  • Require private matching funds up to $25,500 for purchasing of coins
  • Provide that up to $4,000 of the $8,500 in general funds be used to design the coin

SENATE AMENDMENTS & ACTIONS

State's Bonus for Service

A BILL for an Act to provide an appropriation to the adjutant general for maintenance and repair of political subdivision-owned armories through matching grants; and to provide for a report to the budget section.

  • Allows active component members of the military to receive same amount of state's bonus for service stateside as is allowed National Guard and Reservists.

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.

Tuition Waivers and Grants

A BILL relating to tuition waivers and grants for national guard members.

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.

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

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