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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.

NDDVA Requested budget changes: Optional Package-NOT included in budget.

  • 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. Senate Approved $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. Senate provides NO van funding
  • Increase Post War Trust Fund Principal: $1,750,000
  • NDDVA Website upgrade: $67,689
    • Agent Orange Outreach: $50,000

SENATE AMENDMENTS & ACTIONS

  • Reduced General funds for NDDV by $215,815
  • Reduce staff by one Full Time Employees (FTE)
    • Per Governor Burgums recommendation to go back to 2011-2013 biennium FTE count
  • Require NDDVA to use Federal Highly Rural Transportation Grant (HRTG) program funds to pay portion of two NDDVA staff members salaries
    • $100,000
    • Functionally eliminating HRTG coordinator position
  • Reduced Federal Funding authorization of State Approving Agency by $15,778
  • Restored $26,895 in Desktop support hardware
  • Restored Service Dog funding of $50,000 SJ 492
  • Provides that $15,000 of NDDVA operation budget be used for transportation van purchase
  • Budget leaves Senate at 76% of base funding and 90% of FTE staff 0 Temp staff
  • PASSED SENATE 45-0 SJ 492

HOUSE AMENDMENTS & ACTIONS

  • Reduced General funds by $134,005.00 (in addition to Senate reductions)
    • Reduced staff by one additional Full Time Employee -$130,000
      • Per Governor Burgums' recommendation to go back to 2011-2013 biennium FTE count
        • This makes 2 FTE's removed. Governor Burgums' recommended 1 be removed.
    • Reduced funding for PTSD dogs -$25,000
    • Reduced Health care funding -$1,205
    • Added funding for transportation vans $18,600 (funded from additional FTE removal)
    • Added funding for transportation vans $3,600 (funded from additional FTE removal)
  • Adds mandate that $18,600 one time funding to only be used for transportation van program
  • Budget leaves House at 72% of base funding and 78% of FTE staff and 0 Temp staff (overall staffing at 60%)
  • Committee recommends DO PASS 17-0-4 HJ 1299
  • PASSED HOUSE 90-1 HJ 1313

SENATE REFUSED TO CONCUR SJ 1193

  • Senate conference committee appointed: Kilzer, Dever, Robinson SJ 1193
  • House conference committee appointed: J. Nelson, Kading, Holman HJ 1531
  • Conference Committee scheduled Hearings
  • Conference committee actions:
    • Raised Service Dog funding to $50,000
    • Maintained funding for vans at $37,200
    • Did not return any FTE's
    • Did not correct the HRTG fund supplanting issue
  • PASSED SENATE 45-0 SJ 1553
  • PASSED HOUSE 86-5 HJ 1795

​​SIGNED BY SPEAKER HJ 1804

SIGNED BY PRESIDENT SJ 1582

SIGNED BY GOVERNOR 

Bill Status

January 6, 2017
  • Senate Approptiations Hearing
February 17, 2017
  • AMENDED. PASSED SENATE 45-0
March 2, 2017
  • Committee hearing:Sakakawea Room 8:30am
March 16, 2017
  • Committee Hearing: Sakakawea Room: 11:00AM and 2:00PM
March 23, 2017
  • Committee Hearing: Sakakawea Room 9:30am
March 31, 2017
  • Committee Hearing 9:00 AM Sakakawea Room
April 4, 2017
  • Passed House as amended 90-1
April 10, 2017
  • Conf. Committee heraring.Harvest Room 4:30PM
April 11, 2017
  • Conf.Committee hearing.3:30pm.Harvest Room
April 13, 2017
  • Conf. Committee heraring.Harvest Room 3:30PM
Monday, December 12, 2016