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Map showing locations and levels of dioxin contamination in Vietnam.

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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

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

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

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
  • Grant funding for Veteran Service Organizations for NSO's $300,000
  • Appoint State Approving Agency (SAA) to ND DVA. No state funding.-included in Governor's budget, House approved, Senate approved
  • Salary equity funding of $55,100-included in governors budget. -Removed by House, Added back by Senate
  • Add training position to NDDVA $135,575
  • Website upgrade: $60,935
  • Temporary employee funding of $59,488
  • Continued funding for PTSD dogs at $100,000 -Senate added to budget at $50,000
  • Continued funding for Agent Orange Outreach program at $50,000
  • 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
  • Continued funding for transportation vans at $15,000-included in governors budget, House approved, Senate approved
  • Add marketing and advertising to budget at $20,000
  • Add PTSD and TBI treatment study at $108,352

 

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

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

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.

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

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

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.

Hunting License as ND Resident

  • Allowed members of US armed forces, and members of their household, stationed in ND to enter lottery for deer and turkey licenses as residents
  • Declared an emergency bill
  • Fiscal note: $51,600. Not General fund dollars.

Hunting License as ND Resident-No Lottery Required

  • Adds "Military member in state on duty or leave"
  • Adds "ND Driver's License number or ND non-driver photo ID" as proof of residency
  • Allows resident hunting licensing without lottery for active duty military members on leave or stationed in ND and residents of ND serving on active duty
  • Effective date April 1, 2014
  • Fiscal note: $32,000. Not General fund dollars.

Restrictions on the sale of flags of the USA

A BILL for an Act to create and enact a new section to chapter 44-08 of the North Dakota Century Code, relating to restrictions on the purchase of flags of the United States of America.

Honor and Remember Flag

The official state honor and remember flag is the national honor and remember flag for fallen members of the armed forces. The governor by proclamation may require the display of the state honor and remember flag on state property at certain times and places to honor and remember the lives of all members of the United States armed forces who have lost their lives in the line of duty.

Women Veterans Month

Origination: NDDVA, Rep. Grande

March of each year is Women Veterans' Month. Each year the governor shall issue a proclamation on March first in honor and remembrance of surviving and departed women veterans who have served honorably and with courage on behalf of the United States of America since the American Revolutionary War.

Remember Veterans Number Plates

Origination: Sen. Delmore

Creating a "Veterans Remembered License Plate". Proceeds going to Veterans Cemetery. (The plates may be issued as non-profit plates in the future)

Veterans Affairs Stand Down Event Appropriation

Origination: NDDVA, Representative Grande

Provide $20,000 to the Department of Veterans Affairs to assist in holding Stand Down events in communities around North Dakota. Provides maximum of $5,000 per event - must have matching funds.

Military Retired Pay Tax Exemption

Origination: NDDVA, ACOVA

Reduced by the amount received by the taxpayer as retired military personnel pay for service in the United States army, navy, air force, coast guard, or marine corps, or reserve components of the United States army, navy, air force, coast guard, or marine corps, to the extent that retired military personnel pay is included in North Dakota taxable income of the tax payer.

National Guard Member Reduced Hunting and Fishing License Fees

A BILL for an Act to amend and reenact subsections 6 and 55 of section 20.1-03-12 of the North Dakota Century Code, relating to reduced hunting and fishing license fees for resident current and retired national guard members.

  • Reduced fishing and hunting license for current and retired guard members
  • Fiscal note: $72,400

Veterans Indicator on Drivers License

Upon request and with adequate documentation, the director shall place an indicator on the face of an operator's license of a veteran. The veteran may make the request through the Department of Veterans Affairs.

  • To have this on a license you must bring DD214 to CVSO for verification and form.

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.

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