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Renter Credit for Disabled Veteran

A BILL for an Act to amend and reenact section 57-02-08.8 of the North Dakota Century Code, relating to a renter credit for a disabled veteran who would qualify for the property tax credit for disabled veterans except for the fact that the disabled veteran rents living quarters; and to provide an effective date.

  • Veterans with disability rating of 50% or more who are eligible for property tax credit but rent would receive a renters credit
  • Fiscal note: $2,020,000

Veterans Home Geothermal Heating Appropriation

A BILL for an Act to provide an appropriation to the state veterans' home for a geothermal heating system; and to declare an emergency.

Tuition Waivers for Dependents of Veterans

A BILL for an Act to amend and reenact section 15-10-18.2 of the North Dakota Century Code, relating to tuition waivers for dependents of veterans.

Korean War Dates Corrected

Origination: ACOVA

Corrects NDCC dates of Korean War to match Federal VA dates (for use in applying for North Dakota Honorary High School diploma).

Resident Tuition for Spouses and Dependents

  • Adds Spouse and Dependents of Veterans to allow resident tuition rates if veteran is eligible to transfer Post 9-11 GI Bill benefits
  • Separates Spouse and Dependents of Veterans into two sections
  • Adds "Reserve component" members, spouses and dependents as eligible
  • Fiscal Note: $15,000

Property Tax Relief. Freeze Value of Home

  • Allows Veterans eligible for disabled Veteran tax credit to freeze value of primary residence
  • Fiscal note: $478,000

Military Retired Pay Exemption

Origination: Rep. Klein

First $5,000 of military retirement pay exempt from ND income tax for persons over 50 years old. Included firefighters, police highway patrol and government retirees.

Date of Meeting: January 11, 2017

Property Tax. Freeze value of residence Disabled Veterans and over 65

A BILL for an Act to create an enact a new section to chapter 57-02 of the North Dakota Century Code, relating to an optional residential property tax freeze for owners who are disabled or age sixty-five or older; and to provide an effective date.

This bill provides:

  • Person with annual income less than $42,000 and,
  • Permanently and totally disabled or,
  • Eligible for disabled Veterans credit or,
  • Age 65 or older may:
  • File for a property valuation freeze on residence owned and occupied by claimant

FISCAL NOTE: Cannot be determined

HOUSE AMENDMENTS & ACTIONS

Veterans Upward Bound

  • $325,000 appropriated for Veterans Upward Bound program
  • Provides classroom instruction which prepares veterans for college
  • Provide assistance to eligible veterans enrolled at or in process of enrolling at institute of higher education in ND or adjacent state institution participating in course exchange agreement with ND institution
  • ND Department of veterans affairs may accept and expend gifts, grants, and donations for providing additional assistance to eligible veterans

Death Benefits for OEF/OIF Veterans

A BILL for an Act to amend and reenact section 37-28-04 of the North Dakota Century Code, relating to the death benefits for veterans; and to declare an emergency.

  • Raises death benefit for OEF/OIF veterans from $2,500 to $5,000

Military Children Compact

  • Extends law allowing state of ND to join in pact with other states to allow children of military members transferred into or out of ND to maintain their grade (year in school) level
Date of Meeting: January 17, 2017

Homestead Credit Exemption Disabled Persons or Over age 65

A BILL for an Act to amend and reenact section 57-02-08.1 of the North Dakota Century Code, relating to the expansion of the homestead credit exemption for individuals age sixty-five or older; and to provide an effective date.

This bill provides...

  • Individual sixty-five years of age or older or permanently and Totally disabled, dependent on income, to receive a reduction in the taxable value of that individuals homestead.
  • Exemption on up to $350,000 of true and full value of homestead
  • Graduated scale used on percent of exemption
    • 65 years old= 5%
    • 66 years old=10%
    • etc.
  • Exemption applied even if individual resides in a nursing home.

FISCAL NOTE: $55 million a year.

HOUSE AMENDMENTS & ACTIONS

  • No amendments
  • Committee recommends DO NOT PASS 13-1-0 HJ 182
  • Placed on Calendar
  • FAILED TO PASS 9-81 HJ197

Homestead Tax Credit

  • Increases property tax exemption limit for disabled veterans from $120,000 full and True ($5,400 taxable value) to $150,000 ($6,750 taxable value)
  • Effective date of 12-31-2012. And 12-31-2013 for mobile homes.
  • Fiscal note: $477,000. State general funds reimbursement

Property Tax Exemption

Removed the 50% or greater. So any % would get that % of tax exemption on first $120,000 of property value.

Melvin Norgard Memorial Fund

  • Allow veterans home administrator to expend funds up to $10,000. Over $10,000 must be approved by governing board.
  • Requires governing board gain ACOVA approval for expenditures
  • Expenditures made solely for projects and programs to benefit and serve the residents of the veterans home.

Educational Opportunity for Military Children

A BILL for an Act to provide for a legislative council study of the Interstate Compact on Educational Opportunity for Military Children.

CVSO as Conservator

Origination: Commissioner, ACOVA, NDVCC

  • Removes from NDCC 37-14-18 exemption for CVSOs to serve as conservator/fiduciary if appointed by County Commission
  • Fiscal note: $0.

Assistance Relief Application Appeal

Appeals to ACOVA subcommittee of Loan and Grant program would be closed to public, upon the request of the applicant, to protect the medical and financial information of the applicant.

Gaming and Excise Tax

A BILL for an Act to amend and reenact subsection 2 of section 53-06.1-12 of the North Dakota Century Code, relating to gaming and excise taxes; and to provide an effective date.

Patriotic License Plate Decals

Origination: Commissioner, ACOVA, NDVCC

  • Create "Patriotic License Plates" (Decals like military plates)
  • Four Patriotic license plates to be added with new ND license plate issue - proceeds go to Veterans PWTF
  • $15 initial fee and $10 annual fee
  • $10 initial to DOT, $5 initial to PWTF
  • $10 annual fee $5 to principal of PWTF $5 available for programs

Income Tax Deduction for Retired Military Personnel Pay

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; to amend and reenact subdivision k of subsection 1 of section 57-38-01.2 of the North Dakota Century Code, relating to an income tax deduction for retired military personnel pay; and to provide an effective date.

Date of Meeting: January 17, 2017

Retired Veteran and Non ND resident land owners nonresident fee waived

A BILL for an Act to amend and reenact subdivision a of subsection 3 of section 20.1-03-11, subsection 4 of section 20.1-03-11, and subsection 4 of section 20.1-03-12 of the North Dakota Century Code, relating to waiving the nonresident landowner deer hunting license fee for retired veterans.

This bill would...

  • Allow non-ND resident land owners who are retired veteran of the US armed forces free big game hunting license

Fiscal Note: $12,500 (not general funds)

HOUSE AMENDMENTS & ACTIONS

County Levy for a CVSO

A BILL for an Act to amend and reenact subsection 18 of section 57-15-06.7 of the North Dakota Century Code, relating to the county levy for a county veterans' service officer; and to provide an effective date.

Deer License for Injured Military Wildlife Project (Wounded Warrior)

  • Change from "Wounded Warrior Project" to "Injured Military Wildlife Project of ND"
  • Maintained 4 any deer licenses
  • Added 6 any white-tailed deer licenses
  • Change license valid from "opening of youth deer season through the close of deer season" to "during the period of the deer bow season"
  • Fiscal note: $240. Not general fund dollars.

Administrator of the Veterans' Home

A BILL for an Act to amend and reenact sections 37-15-07, 37-15-08, 37-15-14.1, 37-15-16, 37-15-17, 37-15-18, 37-15-19, 37-15-21, and 37-18.1-04 of the North Dakota Century Code, relating to the title of the administrator of the veterans' home.

Adjusted Compensation for Domestic Service by Active Component Members

A BILL for an Act to amend and reenact sections 37-28-02 and 37-28-03 of the North Dakota Century Code, relating to adjusted compensation for domestic service by active component members.

Create Patriotic Number License Plates, DAV Plate Changes

Pre-approved by Commissioner, ACOVA, and NDVCC

A BILL for an Act to create and enact a new section to chapter 39‑04 of the North Dakota Century Code, relating to patriotic number plates; and to amend and reenact subdivision j of subsection 2 of section 39‑04‑18 of the North Dakota Century Code, relating to disabled veteran motor vehicle registration.

  • Create three (3) patriotic license plates available to general public
    • American Flag
    • Bald Eagle
    • Boony Stomper
    • Additional plates as approved by NDDVA
  • Funds from plates would go to Veterans Post War Trust Fund (PWTF) Principal
  • DAV Plates
    • Allow surviving spouse to retain one set of plates
    • Allow eligible veteran the option of other veteran plates and retain registration exemption
  • Fiscal Note: $488,532

House Amendments:

  • Changed initial fee from $20 to $25
  • Changed amount to Highway tax fund from $10 to $20
  • Changed amount to PWTF from $10 to $5
  • Removed requirement to report funds collected to legislative assemblies
  • Removed additional plates as approved by NDDVA
  • Removed veterans choice of plates from the DAV plate and replaced with a standard plate
  • Added surviving spouse to retain one plate

Senate Transportation Amendments:

  • Changed wording of the Logos to be used
  • Changed effective date from January 1, 2016 to July 1, 2016

Senate Appropriations Amendments:

  • Changed entire bill to requirements of "Organizational plates requiring...
    • 50 pre-paid applicants for each plate
    • $1,500 fee for each plate

House refused to concur: Conference committee assigned: Representatives Meier, Ruby, Delmore and Senators Rust, Oehlke, and Axness

Conference Committee Amendments:

  • Senate receded from it's amendments 
  • Initial fee to be $25 with $20 going to Highway tax distribution fund and $5 to the PWTF
  • Annual fee of $25 with $10 going to the Highway tax distribution fund and $15 to the PWTF
  • 100% disabled veteran can chose DAV plate or Standard Plate
  • 100% dasabled veterans un-remarried surviving spouse to retain one plate
  • Boonie Stomper plate to be issued August 1, 2016
  • Flag and Bald Eagle plates to be issued July 1, 2017

Appropriation for Vehicles for Transportation-Related Services for Veterans

Bill pre-approved by Commissioner

A BILL for an Act to provide an appropriation to the department of veterans' affairs; and to declare an emergency.

  • Allow ND DVA to accept and expend federal grant dollars for rural veterans transportation program

Grants to Identify and Provide Services to Veterans Exposed to Agent Orange

Bill origination: Representative Trottier, Wayne

Pre-approved by Commissioner, ACOVA, and NDVCC

A BILL for an Act to provide an appropriation for the identification of and provision of services to veterans exposed to agent orange.

  • Provide $100,000 grant fund to the ND chapter of the Vietnam Veterans of America for purposes of reaching out to Vietnam Veterans to educate them on Agent Orange.

House Amendment:

  • Changed from $100,000 to $50,000

Senate Amendment:

  • Added additional $25,000 from environmental and rangeland protection fund

House refused to concur: sent to conference committee: Representatives Rohr, Seibel, and Amerman, Senators Dever, Poolman, and Marcellais.

  • Senate receded its amendments
  • Final bill to show $50,000

 

National Guard Group Life Insurance

Origination: Rep. DeKrey

Pay for first $250,000 of National Guard Members group life insurance premiums. Changed to an interim study of the benefits of ND and other state guard members.

Administrative Committee on Veterans Affairs (ACOVA) Membership and Compensation

Origination: Rep. Grande, Sen. Dever

A BILL for an Act to amend and reenact sections 37-18.1-01, 37-18.1-02, and 37-18.1-03 of the North Dakota Century Code, relating to the administrative committee on veterans' affairs; and to repeal section 37-18.1-04 of the North Dakota Century Code, relating to compensation for the administrative committee on veterans' affairs. 

This bill would...

  • Reduce ACOVA from 15 to 3 voting members and 3 non-voting ex-officio members
    • Three voting members:
      • Director of Department of Human Services
      • Secretary of State
        • Secretary of the Committee
      • State Treasurer
        • Chairman of the Committee
    • Three Ex-officio non-voting members
      • Veterans Administration director
      • Job Service Director
      • ND National Guard Adjutant General
    • **NOTE: No veterans on ACOVA
  • Commissioner appointed by Governor
  • Commissioner may appoint an advisory committee for recommendations

HOUSE AMENDMENTS AND ACTIONS

  • Committee recommended DO NOT PASS 8-5-0 HJ 700
  • FAILED HOUSE 24-69 HJ 789

FISCAL NOTE: $46,000

Motor Vehicles of Disabled Veterans Exempt from Registration Fees

A BILL for an Act to amend and reenact subdivision j of subsection 2 of section 39-04-18 of the North Dakota Century Code, relating to motor vehicles of disabled veterans which are exempt from registration fees.

  • Removes weight restriction for qualifying vehicles for disabled veterans to receive disabled veteran license plates and be exempt from motor vehicle excise tax on 2 vehicles.

Agent Orange

Origination: Representative Trottier, ACOVA, NDVCC

  • $50,000 appropriation of general funds to ND Department of Veterans Affairs to provide grants for the identification and provision of services to ND Veterans who had been exposed to Agent Orange during the Vietnam conflict.
  • Requires ND Department of Veterans Affairs to report to the budget section on the use and outcome of the grants awarded
  • Appropriations: $50,000

Veteran Scholarship Grants and Scholarship Program

A BILL for an Act to create and enact a new chapter to title 15 of the North Dakota Century Code, relating to the creation of a veteran scholarship program; and to provide an appropriation.

  • Provide up to a $1,500 scholarship grants per semester to qualified ND Veterans

Military Surviving Family Member Special Plates

A BILL for an Act to create and enact section 39-04-10.14 of the North Dakota Century Code, relating to the issuance of special plates for surviving family members of fallen members of the United States military.

Wounded Warrior Project Deer Licenses

Issue four any deer licenses annually to the wounded warrior project for distribution. A license issued under this subsection is valid from the opening of the youth deer season through the close of the deer season.

Armed Services' Member Room in County Buildings

A BILL for an Act to amend and reenact section 11-11-50 of the North Dakota Century Code, relating to an armed services' room in courthouses.

  • NDCC 11-11-50 currently requires certain counties to provide a room in county courthouse for veterans of war. 
  • This bill would:
    • Allow that rooms to be located in a county office building
    • Change rooms from exclusively for war veterans to priority preference of use by war veterans
  • Fiscal Note: None

House actions

  • Removed requirement of "war time"

Senate actions

  • Changed from "Rooms" to "an adequate Room"

House Concurred with Senate amendment

Income Tax Deduction for Retired Military Personnel Pay

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; to amend and reenact subdivisions k and l of subsection 1 of section 57-38-01.2 of the North Dakota Century Code, relating to an income tax deduction for retired military personnel pay; and to provide an effective date.

  • Exempts retired military pay from state income taxes

Repeal of Tobacco Tax Exemption

A BILL for an Act to amend and reenact subsection 10 of section 57-36-01, sections 57-36-25 and 57-36-28, and sections 57‑36‑31 and 57‑36‑32 of the North Dakota Century Code, relating to the excise taxes on tobacco products and the cigarette tax; to repeal section 57‑36‑24 of the North Dakota Century Code, relating to the exemption from the tobacco tax for products given to the veterans' home and the state hospital; and to provide a continuing appropriation.

  • Repeals NDCC 57-36-24
    • 57-36-24. Exemptions: All gift cigarettes, snuff, cigars, and other tobacco products, not for resale, which are given to the North Dakota veterans' home or the North Dakota state hospital for distribution to the occupants thereof, are exempt from the excise taxes levied under this chapter.
  • Fiscal note:
    • Adds tax revenue to:
      • Cities: $18.1 Million
      • Counties $31.3 Million
      • State General Fund: $13.8 Million
      • Community Health Trust Fund: $75.4 Million

 

Study on Treatments for PTSD and Traumatic Brain Injuries (TBI)

  • A study for nontraditional healing therapies, massage, healing touch, reflexology, stress management, yoga, hyperbaric chamber treatments and gathers information on the needs of women veterans.
  • Appropriations: $0.

Veterans' Home Operating Fund

A BILL for an Act to amend and reenact section 37-15-14 of the North Dakota Century Code, relating to the veterans' home operating fund expenditures.

County Veterans Service Officers (CVSO)

Origination: House Government & Veterans Affairs Committee

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. 

This bill would...

  • Remove the August 1, 2011 deadline for CVSO accreditation with the National Association of County Veteran Service Officers (NACVSO)
  • Require new CVSO's to attend the NACVSO accreditation training at county expense
  • Change CVSO "Duty" to "Shall" cooperate with and coordinate state and federal VA programs

HOUSE AMENDMENTS AND ACTIONS

  • Commissioner of Veterans Affairs to recommend standards and qualifications, training, certification and accreditations set by NDDVA Commisisoner for qualification as a CVSO
  • Change from "accreditation" with NACVSO to "training" with NACVSO 
  • Committee recommended DO PASS as amended 12-0-1 HJ 705
  • PASSED HOUSE 92-1 HJ 798

SENATE AMENDMENTS AND ACTIONS

FISCAL NOTE: NONE

Fishing License Fees

  • Lowers disability level requirement from 100% to 50%
  • Adds Unemployability
  • Fee goes from $3 to $5
  • Fiscal note: $1,425. Not general funds.

Unauthorized Use of Name or Image of Military Members

A BILL for an Act to provide for a legislative council study of the feasibility and desirability of restricting the unauthorized use of the name or image of a current or former member of the military.

  • Makes theft of name or image of Armed Forces individual a crime.

Post War Trust Fund (PWTF)

Origination of bill: Commissioner, ACOVA, NDVCC

  • Adds $250,000 in general funds to the principal of the PWTF

Disabled Veterans Rent Credit

Origination of bill: Representative Guggisberg, Ron

  • Provided renters credit for 50% or higher disabled veterans who would qualify for property tax exemption, but rent.
  • Fiscal note: $1,472,000

Appropriations for Transfer to Veterans' Postwar Trust Fund

Origination: NDDVA, ACOVA

  • $210,000 one time funding in lieu of income earned from the PWTF
  • $50,000 one time funding for purchase of transportation vans
  • Changed NDCC 37-14-14 so that interest earnings from PWTF during current biennium to be spent in next biennium and not in the biennium the income was earned.

Appropriation for Transfer to Veterans' Postwar Trust Fund

Origination of bill: Commissioner, ACOVA, NDVCC

  • Appropriated $210,000 to the Department of Veterans Affairs to be used in lieu of income generated from the veterans' postwar trust fund for programs authorized by law to benefit and serve veterans or their dependents.
  • Appropriated $50,000 to the Department of Veterans Affairs for purchasing vans for the transport of veterans or their dependents. General fund dollars.
  • Begins July 1, 2011 - June 30, 2013

Transportation Services for Veterans

A Bill for an Act to amend and reenact section 39-04.2-04 of the North Dakota Century Code, relating to conditions for public transportation funding.

  • Bill would allow disabled veterans to utilize public transportation services without any charge.
    • If public transportation provider receives funds from the public transportation fund.

House: 

  • Discussed amendment to remove "disabled".
  • Removed all sections of the bill and replaced with a "Study".

A BILL for an Act to provide for a legislative management study regarding the provision of transportation services to veterans and the impact on transportation service providers.

Senate:

  • Removed study
  • returned to original bill before house amendments

House refused to concur

Conference committee assigned

  • Senate receded amendments

Passed House and Senate as a study

Admin Practices Act

A BILL for an Act to provide for a legislative council study of agency exemptions from the Administrative Agencies Practice Act.

  • Puts ACOVA under the Administrative Agencies Practice Act.

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