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ADRL MFP Grant (498.0 KB pdf)
Date of Meeting: October 11, 2016
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Map showing locations and levels of dioxin contamination in Vietnam.

Faces of Agent Orange (3.452 MB pdf)
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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

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.

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

 

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

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

 

Visitation Proceedings Involving Military Parent

  • Courts to take particular care to ensure child of military member called to active duty or may be called to active duty has maximum opportunity for contact with parent
  • Military members call to active duty service may not be a factor in court decisions to grant to deny a petition for visitation
  • Military member may petition for visitation rights for family member
  • Fiscal note: $0

Guardian Powers Parent Deployed

  • Allow parent or guardian of a minor child or incapacitated person authority to delegate guardianship to another person for up to 24 months
  • Declared an emergency
  • Fiscal note: $0

Property Tax

Origination of Bill: Tax Commissioner

Changes Property Tax exemption for Disabled Veterans from the first "One hundred twenty thousand dollars of true and full value" to "Five thousand four hundred dollars of taxable value". This calculates out to the same amount of tax savings. The change keeps the assessed value of the property the same for reporting and statistical purposes.

Mandatory Evacuations

  • Adds "Mandatory evacuation order to NDCC 37-17.1-10". Reads: "A local disaster, emergency or mandatory evacuation order may be declared" ...
  • Allows local executive officers of city or county to order mandatory evacuations

Residency for Tuition Purposes

A BILL for an Act to amend and reenact section 15-10-19.1 of the North Dakota Century Code, relating to resident students for tuition purposes; and to declare an emergency.

  • This bill required to comply with new Federal GI Bill regulations
  • Adds new subsection: A covered individual as defined by section 702 of Public Law No. 113-146 [128 stat. 1797; 38 U.S.C. 3679].
  • Fiscal note: $0

Appointment of CVSOs

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

Veterans Employment Preference

Bill Origination: Representative Schatz, Mike

Pre-approved by Commissioner, ACOVA, and NDVCC

A BILL for an Act to amend and reenact section 37-19.1-02 of the North Dakota Century Code, relating to the employment preference for veterans.

  • Removes certain exemptions opening them to veterans preference
    • Superintendent of Schools
    • School teacher
    • Higher Education
      • Chancellor and Vice Chancellor 
      • Presidents or Executive deans
      • Vice Presidents
      • Assistants to the President
      • Provosts
      • Instructors
      • Athletic Team coaches of board institutions
  • Fiscal note: None

Tuition Waivers and Grants for National Guard Members

A BILL for an Act to amend and reenact sections 37-07.1-02 and 37-07.2-01 of the North Dakota Century Code, relating to tuition waivers and grants for national guard members; and to repeal section 37-07.1-06.1 of the North Dakota Century Code, relating to the national guard tuition fund.

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