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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.

Date of Meeting: January 17, 2017

Gaming Tax on Veteran Organizations. 50% percent to go to PWTF

A BILL for an Act to amend and reenact section 53-06.1-12 of the North Dakota Century Code, relating to gaming tax deposits and allocations.

This Bill would...

  • Allow 50% of the gaming tax paid by Veteran Service Organizations Gaming be placed in the Post War Trust Fund (PWTF)
    • The PWTF is a fund in which the payable interest earnings are utilized by the Administrative Committee On Veterans Affairs for services to ND Veterans and their eligible dependents.

FISCAL NOTE: $254,000

SENATE AMENDMENTS & ACTIONS

Supervision of CVSOs

A BILL relating to funding and veterans' records; relating to supervision of county veterans' service officers and duties of the commissioner of veterans' affairs; and to provide a continuing appropriation.

Date of Meeting: January 17, 2017

VETERAN HUNTER EDUCATION

A BILL for an Act to create and enact section 20.1-03-01.6 of the North Dakota Century Code, relating to hunter education requirements for veterans; and to amend and reenact section 20.1-03-01.2 of the North Dakota Century Code, relating to hunter education requirements for veterans.

This bill would...

  • Allow an honorably discharged veteran to take a 4 hour online hunting course rather than the required course of ND citizens.

SENATE AMENDMENTS & ACTIONS

Date of Meeting: January 17, 2017

Hunting license for ND Veterans Selected by Nonprofit outdoor recreation organization

A BILL for an Act to create and enact a new subsection to section 20.1-03-11 and section 20.1-04-07.1 of the North Dakota Century Code, relating to deer and wild turkey hunting licenses for veterans receiving hunting expeditions from a nonprofit organization.

This bill would...

  • Allow six deer licenses and permits for veterans to hunt with guns
    • Selected by nonprofit organization
  • Allow four spring wild turkey licenses and permits for veterans
    • Selected by nonprofit organization

FISCAL NOTE: $480 (not general fund dollars)

SENATE AMENDMENTS & ACTIONS

Section 2 (Wild Turkeys) of this bill brought back as amendment to HB1025 by Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee SJ 896

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

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.

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

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.

Veterans' License Plates

A BILL for an Act to amend and reenact section 39-04-10.10 of the North Dakota Century Code, relating to veterans' number plates.

  • Veterans' license plate renewals will be reduced from $15 to $10.

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

Hunting, Fishing, and Trapping Privileges

A BILL for an Act to create and enact a new section to chapter 20.1-03 and a new subsection to section 20.1-03-04 of the North Dakota Century Code, relating to hunter education requirements and to hunting, fishing, and trapping privileges for active duty military members; and to provide an expiration date.

  • Allows free hunting, fishing, and trapping for active duty members on leave.

Property Tax Exemption

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

Property Tax Credit for Deployed Guard

Provides a 40% tax credit for guard members if deployed.

Book of Veterans Serving in Area of Conflict 

A BILL for an Act to amend and reenact section 37-01-45 of the North Dakota Century Code, relating to the book of veterans.

  • A book of record of all ND veterans who served in an area of conflict.

Senate amendments:

  • Changed from "for publish" to made available to public.

House amendments:

  • Changed from "Book" to "Record" and as deemed fit by the adjutant general.

Senate concurred with House amendments

Absentee Voting

Allows servicemembers to vote by fax or email with sufficient safeguards to protect the integrity of the process. Ensures that servicemembers mobilized in remote areas can still vote.

PTSD Service Dogs

Origination of bill: Senator Sorvaag, Ronald

  • Provide $50,000 to ND Department of Veterans Affairs for training service dogs to assist ND Veterans with PTSD
  • Payment made by NDDVA only after completion of service dog's training
  • Payment may not exceed $12,500 per service dog
  • Legislative management shall consider studying statutory changes to benefit ND veterans; state income taxes, property taxes, veteran-focused incentives, assistance obtaining benefits, assistance obtaining life enhancing services, and current state and federal benefits available to ND veterans.
  • NDDVA shall provide a report to legislative management during interim: status of service dog training program, benefits to veterans, number applicants, and number of service dogs provided.
  • Appropriations: $50,000

County Veterans' Service Officers Accreditation Requirement

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

  • Removes requirement for County Veteran Service Officer's to be accredited with "National Association of County Veteran Service Officers"
  • Adds requirement for County Veteran Service Officer's to be accredited with any veteran service organization recognized by the US Department of Veterans Affairs

House GVA amendment

  • Changes requirement for County Veteran Service Officers to be accredited with "any" veteran service organization to being accredited with North Dakota Department of Veterans Affairs
  • Added content of failed bill HB 1205 with amendments and lower fiscal note
    • provides qualified dependents of 90% disabled ND Veterans with 90% tuition waiver at ND institutions of higher education
    • fiscal note: $350,000 (not general fund dollars)

House Appropriations action:

  • Recommend Do NOT pass on education and accreditation

Medal of Honor Memorial Funding

A BILL for an Act to provide for ownership and maintenance for the medal of honor monument; and provide an appropriation for the medal of honor monument.

Veterans Preference

A BILL for an Act to amend and reenact sections 37-01-40, 37-19.1-01, and 37-19.1-02 and subsection 1 of section 37-19.1-04 of the North Dakota Century Code, relating to veterans and veterans' preferences.

  • Strengthens veterans preference

Income Tax Deduction

A BILL relating to income tax deduction for income of national guard and reserve volunteers for federal active duty; and to provide an effective date.

Relating to Tax Credits and Benefits Paid by Employers

A BILL for an Act to create and enact a new section to chapter 57-38 and a new subdivision to subsection 7 of section 57-38-30.3 of the North Dakota Century Code, relating to an income tax credit for an employer maintaining payment of salary and related retirement plan contributions for an employee called to active military duty as a member of a reserve or national guard component; and to provide an effective date.

Administrative Committee on Veterans' Affairs Members

A BILL for an Act to amend and reenact section 37-18.1-01 of the North Dakota Century Code, relating to the membership of the administrative committee on veterans' affairs.

The bill would add two non-voting Ex-officio members to the Administrative Committee on Veterans Affairs (ACOVA). The President of the ND Association of County Veteran Service Officers and the Executive Director of the ND Association of Counties.

  • The 63rd Legislative Assembly designates May 1 as "Cold War Victory Day"
  • The Secretary of State shall forward enrolled copies of this resolution to the ND Governor, American Legion, VFW, AMVETS, DAV, VVA
  • Fiscal note: $0
  • 63rd Legislative Assembly opposes current form of the United Nations Arms Trade Treaty and any treaty that infringes on the individual or collective right to keep and bear arms, in the strongest and most unequivocal terms;
  • As duly elected representatives of the will of the people of ND strongly urge the President of the US, the US Secretary of State, the Ambassador of the US to the United Nations, and all members of the US Senate to soundly reject the current form of the United Nations Arms Trade Treaty or any other treaty which would endanger the individual or collective right to keep and bear arms;
  • The Secretary of State of ND shall forward properly inscribed copies of this resolution to the President of the US, the President of the US Senate, the Speaker of the US House of Representatives, the US Secretary of State, the Ambassador of the US to the United Nations, each member of the US Senate, the Governor of each state, the Speaker of the House and President of the Senate of each state's legislature, and each member of the ND Congressional Delegation.
  • Fiscal note: $0

Main Avenue Bridge

A concurrent resolution designating, in conjunction with the state of Minnesota, the Main Avenue bridge between Fargo, North Dakota, and Moorhead, Minnesota, as the Veterans Memorial Bridge.

US Highway 2

A concurrent resolution designating United States Highway 2 through the state of North Dakota as the 164th Infantry Memorial Highway.

USDVA & Healthcare and Pharmaceutical Needs of Veterans

A concurrent resolution urging Congress to require the United States Department of Veterans' Affairs assume all health care and pharmaceutical needs of veterans in state veterans homes.

Paying Tribute

A concurrent resolution paying tribute to North Dakota military personnel who have died in Iraq.

Congress to Adopt Veterans Remembered Flag

A concurrent resolution urging Congress and the President to adopt a veterans remembered flag.

Legislative Council Studies

A concurrent resolution directing the Legislative Council to study the adequacy of governmental services, including judicial services, to respond to issues related to an aging population, including veterans, and to study the efficacy of statutes governing public administrator services and methods for the timely and effective delivery of guardianship services.

Study Services to Aging Population and Veterans

Study state human services and guardianships for aging population including veterans.

Definition of State's Militia

A concurrent resolution for the amendment of section 16 of article XI of the Constitution of North Dakota, relating to the definition of this state's militia; and to provide an effective date.

Peace in Iraq and Afghanistan

ND House and Senate to urge President of US to pursue peace in Iraq and Afghanistan and disengage American combat forces.

United States Flag Education

A concurrent resolution urging all educators to ensure that the schoolchildren of North Dakota are taught the history of the United States flag, that they are taught to respect the flag, to exercise proper flag etiquette, and to understand that the flag is the most visible and enduring symbol of the American spirit.

Date of Meeting: August 18, 2016
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