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Each veteran is entitled to one hundred dollars for each month or any part of a month for qualifying service. The total compensation paid to any veteran for qualifying service under this chapter may not exceed one thousand dollars, except as provided in this section and section 37-27-03. If the veteran received a purple heart for qualifying service, the veteran is entitled to a payment of two thousand five hundred dollars in lieu of monthly payments for adjusted compensation. If the veteran is deceased, the veteran's beneficiary is entitled to any payments under this chapter to which the veteran would have been entitled. Applications may be filed with the adjutant general after July 1, 1993, but not later than December 31, 1994.
In the case of a veteran who died as a result of qualifying service during a period of service or who died while on orders to or from the Persian Gulf theatre or the Grenada, Lebanon, or Panama areas of armed conflict during a period of service, the beneficiary of the veteran is entitled to a payment of two thousand five hundred dollars in lieu of any other compensation under this chapter.
Each veteran or veteran's beneficiary entitled to payment under this chapter shall make application to the adjutant general upon a form prescribed by the adjutant general. If the veteran is incompetent or the veteran's beneficiary is incompetent or a minor, application may be made by the guardian of the veteran or beneficiary, and if there is no guardian, the person determined by the adjutant general to have assumed the major responsibility for the care of the veteran or beneficiary and to be a proper person to receive payment for the veteran or beneficiary may make the application.
 
If a veteran is hospitalized in a state, county, or federal institution and no application has been approved by the adjutant general, the person in charge of the institution may make the application with the approval of the adjutant general. For the purposes of this section, the word "minor" does not include the unremarried spouse of a veteran. Each application must be accompanied by a certified copy of honorable discharge or other evidence of honorable and faithful qualifying service. Each application must be subscribed and sworn to by the applicant in the manner prescribed by the adjutant general.
Upon submission of satisfactory proof that the applicant is entitled to payment under this chapter, the adjutant general shall compute the amount of payment due the applicant, make a record thereof, and forward a voucher for the payment to the office of management and budget, which shall cause the warrant-check to be issued for the amount of the claim. Payment must be made from funds appropriated by the legislative assembly.
 
If the veteran or the applicant for payment under this chapter is indebted to the veterans' aid fund of the state of North Dakota, the adjutant general shall determine the amount of the indebtedness and certify the determination to the office of management and budget together with the record of payment due. Within the limits of the payment due, the amount of the indebtedness must be paid to the veterans' aid fund and the applicant must be paid any remainder to which the veteran is entitled.
Payments under this chapter are exempt from all state and local taxes, including an income tax liability determined under section 57-38-30.3, and from levy, garnishment, attachment, and sale on execution. Any pledge, mortgage, sale, assignment, or transfer of any right, claim, or interest in any claim or payment under this chapter is void and payment to the veteran may not be denied because of any sums owed to the state or any political subdivisions, except as provided in section 37-27-05.
The adjutant general shall administer this chapter. The adjutant general shall prepare and distribute application blanks and investigate all claims and applications filed. If the adjutant general is satisfied of the proof of a claim and application, the adjutant general shall approve and direct payment of the claim. The adjutant general may adopt any rules necessary to the efficient administration of this chapter.
 
The necessary documents used in the administration of this chapter shall become a part of the permanent records of the office of the adjutant general. The adjutant general may determine any claim in any case if doubt arises as to the eligibility of an applicant to receive payment and the decision of the adjutant general in such case is final, except on questions of residence which are subject to review by a court of competent jurisdiction. The adjutant general shall authorize payment for prisoners of war upon their release and return.
Any person who willfully makes a false statement in the application for benefits under this chapter is guilty of a class A misdemeanor.

Definitions.

As used in this chapter:

1. "Adjutant general" means the adjutant general of North Dakota.

 

2. "Beneficiary" in relation to a deceased veteran, means, in the order named: a. The surviving unremarried spouse as of the date of signing the application; b. The surviving child or children and the lawful issue of a deceased child or children by representation; c. The surviving person standing in loco parentis; or d. The surviving parent or parents.

 

3. "Honorable and faithful" means service evidenced by: a. An honorable discharge, or its equivalent; b. In the case of an officer, a certificate of service; and c. In the case of a veteran who has not been discharged, a certificate from the appropriate service authority that the veteran's service was honorable and faithful.

 

4. "Period of service" means: a. For the Persian Gulf War, the period of time beginning August 2, 1990, and ending June 30, 1993; b. For the Grenada armed conflict, the period of time beginning October 23, 1983, and ending November 21, 1983; c. For the Lebanon armed conflict, the period of time beginning June 1, 1983, and ending August 1, 1984; or d. For the Panama armed conflict, the period of time beginning December 20, 1989, and ending January 30, 1990.

 

5. "Qualifying service" means service by a veteran during a period of service anywhere in a theatre or area of armed conflict as evidenced by award of an armed forces expeditionary medal or other campaign service medal.

 

6. "Resident" means a person who has filed a resident North Dakota income tax return for the year prior to May 3, 1993, and who: a. Was born in and lived in North Dakota until entrance into the armed forces of the United States; b. Was born in, but was temporarily living outside North Dakota, not having abandoned North Dakota residence at the time of entrance into the armed forces of the United States; c. Was born elsewhere but had resided in North Dakota for the last twelve months before entrance into military service and had prior to or during that twelve-month period: (1) Voted in North Dakota; (2) Was an emancipated minor during the period of residence or had lived with a parent or person standing in loco parentis who was a resident; or (3) Was not registered for voting in another state after being a resident; or d. Was a bona fide resident of North Dakota at the time of entering the armed forces, as determined under the rules of the adjutant general and the laws of this state. A person is not a resident of North Dakota for the purpose of receiving any benefits under this chapter if the person was on continuous active duty in the armed forces for a period of seven years or more, immediately prior to the qualifying period of service, and has not established actual abode in North Dakota prior to May 3, 1993.

 

7. "Theatre or area of armed conflict" means any area the president designated a combat zone by executive order for the Persian Gulf War or the Grenada, Lebanon, or Panama armed conflicts.

 

8. "Veteran" means a member of the regular active duty armed forces of the United States who performed honorable and faithful service at any time during a period of Page No. 1 service in the theatre or area of armed conflict, who was a resident of North Dakota, and who has not received a bonus or adjusted compensation from another state for the same period of service. 

In order to ease the financial hardships and personal and family sacrifice sustained by members of the North Dakota national guard, and North Dakota residents of the reserve, and active duty component who were mobilized after December 5, 1992, in support of military operations around the world it is the intent of the legislative assembly that additional compensation be provided to those resident veterans of North Dakota and payment of that compensation is declared to be a public purpose. It is the further intent of the legislative assembly to encourage those North Dakota resident veterans to continue their voluntary membership in the national guard, reserve component, and active military force.
As used in this chapter:
 
1. "Adjutant general" means the adjutant general of North Dakota.
 
2. "Beneficiary" in relation to a deceased veteran, means, in the order named:
 
a. The surviving unremarried husband or wife as of the date of signing the application;
b. The surviving child or children and the lawful issue of a deceased child or children by right of representation;
c. The surviving person standing in loco parentis; or
d. The surviving parent or parents.
 
3. "Domestic service" means service by a veteran during the period of service which is not foreign service.
 
4. "Foreign service" means service by a veteran after December 5, 1992, for which the veteran received an armed forces expeditionary medal or campaign badge or performed service overseas in direct support to the global war on terror.
 
5. "Honorable and faithful" means service evidenced by:
 
a. An honorable discharge, or its equivalent;
b. In the case of an officer, a certificate of service; and
c. In the case of a veteran who has not been discharged, a certificate from the appropriate service authority that the veteran's service was honorable and faithful.
 
6. "Period of service" means the period of time beginning December 5, 1992, and ending June 30, 2011.
 
7. a. "Resident" means a veteran who was a bona fide resident of the state of North Dakota at the time of mobilization or, in the case of an active component member, at the time of deployment for which the member received an expeditionary medal or campaign badge, as determined under the rules of the adjutant general and the laws of this state. "Resident" includes all mobilized members of the North Dakota national guard.
 
 b. "Veteran" means a member of the national guard or reserve component who was activated under 10 U.S.C. 12301, as effective through October 2004, and 10 U.S.C. 12302, as effective through 2004, and who completed honorable and faithful service of more than thirty days on active duty in the armed forces of the United States at any time during the period of service, or active component member awarded the expeditionary medal or campaign badge for service after December 5, 1992, who was a resident of the state of North Dakota, and who has not received bonus or adjusted compensation from another state for the period of service.

 

Each national guard or reserve component resident veteran mobilized stateside is entitled to fifty dollars for each month or major fraction thereof for domestic service. Each national guard, reserve, or active component resident veteran of foreign service who received the expeditionary medal or campaign badge is entitled to one hundred dollars for each month or major fraction thereof. If the veteran received a purple heart for foreign service, the veteran is entitled to a payment of two thousand five hundred dollars in lieu of monthly payments for adjusted compensation related to the mobilization during which the purple heart was earned. If the veteran is deceased, the veteran's beneficiary is entitled to any payments under this chapter to which the veteran would have been entitled. Applications for adjusted compensation may be filed with the adjutant general through June 30, 2011, or in the case of a soldier mobilized on June 30, 2011, not later than six months after the end of the mobilization period of service.
In the case of a veteran who died as a result of active service during the period of service, the beneficiary of the veteran is entitled to a payment of five thousand dollars in lieu of any other compensation under this chapter.
Each veteran or veteran's beneficiary entitled to payment under this chapter shall make application to the adjutant general of the state of North Dakota upon a form prescribed by the adjutant general. If the veteran is incompetent or the veteran's beneficiary is incompetent or a minor, application may be made by the guardian of the veteran or beneficiary, and if there is no guardian, the person determined by the adjutant general to have assumed the major responsibility for the care of the veteran or beneficiary and to be a proper person to receive payment for the veteran or beneficiary may make the application. If a veteran is hospitalized in a state, county, or federal institution and no application has otherwise been approved by the adjutant general, the person in charge of such institution may make the application with the approval of the adjutant general.
 
For purposes of this section, the word "minor" does not include the unremarried spouse of a veteran. Each application must be accompanied by a certified copy of honorable discharge or other evidence of honorable and faithful service. Each application must be subscribed and sworn to by the applicant in such manner as may be prescribed by the adjutant general. The adjutant general shall provide by rule for an endorsement of the evidence of honorable and faithful service if application for payment has been made.
Upon submission of satisfactory proof that the applicant is entitled to payment under this chapter, the adjutant general shall compute the amount of payment due the applicant, make a record thereof, and forward a voucher for the payment to the office of management and budget, which shall cause the warrant-check to be issued for the amount of the claim. Payment must be made from funds appropriated by the legislative assembly. If the veteran or the applicant for payment under this chapter is indebted to the veterans' aid fund of the state of North Dakota, the adjutant general shall determine the amount of such indebtedness and certify such determination to the office of management and budget together with the record of payment due. Within the limits of the payment due, the amount of such indebtedness must be paid to the veterans' aid fund and the applicant must be paid any remainder to which the veteran is entitled.
Payments under this chapter are exempt from all state and local taxes, including taxes determined under section 57-38-30.3, and from levy, garnishment, attachment, and sale on execution. Any pledge, mortgage, sale, assignment, or transfer of any right, claim, or interest in any claim or payment under this chapter is void and payment to the veteran may not be denied because of any sums owed to the state or any political subdivisions, except as provided in section 37-26-05.
The adjutant general shall administer this chapter. The adjutant general shall prepare and distribute application blanks and investigate all claims and applications filed. If the adjutant general is satisfied of the proof of a claim and application, the adjutant general shall approve and direct payment of the claim. The adjutant general may adopt any rules necessary to the efficient administration of this chapter. The necessary books, papers, records, cases, and equipment used in the administration of this chapter become a part of the permanent records of the office of the adjutant general. The adjutant general may determine any claim in any case if doubt arises as to the eligibility of an applicant to receive payment and the decision of the adjutant general in such case is final, except on questions of residence which are subject to review by a court of competent jurisdiction. The adjutant general shall authorize payment for prisoners of war upon their release and return.
Any person who willfully makes a false statement in the application for benefits under section 37-28-05 is guilty of a class A misdemeanor.

In order to ease the financial hardships and personal and family sacrifice sustained by members of the North Dakota national guard, and North Dakota residents of the reserve, and active duty component who were mobilized after December 5, 1992, in support of military operations around the world it is the intent of the legislative assembly that additional compensation be provided to those resident veterans of North Dakota and payment of that compensation is declared to be a public purpose. It is the further intent of the legislative assembly to encourage those North Dakota resident veterans to continue their voluntary membership in the national guard, reserve component, and active military force.

No person may be appointed as a patrolman unless the person has all of the following qualifications:
 
1. Has passed such physical examination and such other qualification test as may be required by the superintendent.
 
2. Is of good moral character and temperate habits.
 
3. Has been a citizen of the United States for not less than two years prior to the appointment.
 
Preference for appointment must be given at all times to honorably discharged veterans and citizens of the state of North Dakota, and all appointments must be made without regard to any political party affiliation of the applicant.

 

1. The director may issue distinctive number plates to individuals eligible for interment in the North Dakota veterans' cemetery. The director shall issue a number plate under this section upon receiving:
a. Payment of all other fees required under this chapter for registration of a motor vehicle;
b. Payment of an initial fee of fifteen dollars of which ten dollars is to be deposited in the highway tax distribution fund and five dollars is to be deposited in the veterans' cemetery maintenance fund unless for a plate issued to a veteran who has been awarded the purple heart, then there is not an initial fee; and
c. Verification of subsequent payments of an annual surcharge of ten dollars paid to the adjutant general unless for a plate issued to a veteran who has been awarded the purple heart, then there is not an annual surcharge.
2. The department shall collect the fees and the ten dollar surcharge under this section. The department shall report to the legislative assembly on the funds collected under this section during each legislative session. The department shall pay the funds collected under subdivisions b and c of subsection 1 to the adjutant general monthly, who then, within ten days of receipt of the funds, shall deposit five dollars of each initial fee in the veterans' cemetery maintenance fund and the ten dollar surcharge shall be divided with five dollars being deposited in the veterans' cemetery trust fund and five dollars being deposited in the veterans' cemetery maintenance fund in the
state treasury. Investment of the fund is the responsibility of the state treasurer who shall have full authority to invest the fund only in the same manner as the state investment board is authorized to make investments. At the request of the adjutant general, the interest in the veterans' cemetery trust fund must be deposited in the veterans' cemetery maintenance fund for the purpose of funding salaries and maintenance of the veterans' cemetery.
3. The veterans' cemetery trust fund may accept funds from private and federal sources.
  1. The director may issue distinctive number plates to a surviving spouse, parent, including stepmother, stepfather, parent through adoption, and foster parent who stands or stood in loco parentis, grandparents, child, including stepchild and child through adoption, and sibling, including half-brother and half-sister, of a member of the armed forces of the United States who died while serving on active duty during a time of military conflict. The director shall issue a number plate under this section upon receiving payment of all other fees required under this chapter for registration of a motor vehicle.
  2. Plates issued under this section must bear a gold star emblem logo on the left side of the plate and the letters "GS" before the number. The director shall cooperate with the director of the department of veterans' affairs to design the gold star emblem logo. The director may issue one set of plates per eligible owner of a passenger motor vehicle or a truck the registered gross weight of which does not exceed twenty thousand pounds [9071.85 kilograms].
  3. On request of the director, the department of veterans' affairs shall certify those surviving family members of deceased members of the United States armed forces listed above as eligible to receive the plates.
  4. Once declared eligible for a gold star plate, the department may not remove the eligibility of a surviving family member.
  5. Once a plate number is issued to an eligible family member, the department may not assign the plate to another eligible person.

 

Application information

On the death of a prisoner of war to whom was issued a special number plate under subdivision o of subsection 2 of section 39-04-18, the director shall comply with this section. If the deceased prisoner of war was survived by a spouse, the director shall transfer the number plate to that spouse's name, and the spouse may retain the number plate as an active plate. If the surviving spouse remarries, then within thirty days of that remarriage, the surviving spouse shall surrender the plate to the director.
 
On receipt of a surrendered plate, on the death of the surviving spouse, or if the deceased prisoner of war had no surviving spouse, the director shall retire the number used on the number plate. On retirement of a number plate and at the request of the survivors of the deceased prisoner of war, the director shall issue to the survivors one commemorative plaque resembling the number plate that had been issued to the prisoner of war.
The director, in cooperation with the adjutant general, shall issue distinctive number plates to members of the national guard. A plate issued under this section must bear the national guard insignia designated by the adjutant general and the letters "NG" before the number. The director may issue the plates to the owner of a passenger motor vehicle or a truck the registered gross weight of which does not exceed twenty thousand pounds [9071.84 kilograms], or a motorcycle. On request of the director, the adjutant general shall certify those members of the national guard eligible to receive the plates.
 
On payment of all other fees required under this chapter for registration of the motor vehicle, and payment of an additional fee of not more than five dollars to cover the cost of issuing the distinctive number plates, the applicant is entitled to issuance of the distinctive number plates. A registrant is eligible for distinctive number plates under this section if the registrant is a member of the national guard or if the registrant has retired from the national guard after twenty years or more of military service. On termination of the registrant's eligibility, the registrant shall return the distinctive number plates to the director, who shall reissue for a fee of not more than five dollars another number plate to which that registrant is entitled under this chapter. The director and adjutant general shall cooperate in establishing procedures to implement this section.
1.    Except as provided in this section, every motor vehicle as defined in section 39-01-01, trailer or semitrailer designed to be towed by a truck or truck tractor, and farm trailer operated or intended to be operated upon any highway, road, or street in this state must be registered annually with the department. Any vehicle being operated on highways, roads, or streets of this state must display license plates as furnished by the department upon payment of the fees prescribed in this chapter.
Upon satisfactory proof to the department that a motor vehicle owned by a resident of this state was not used upon any of the highways of this state in any one or more years, the motor vehicle may be registered upon payment of the registration fee for the current year.
Any resident of the state of North Dakota, serving in the armed forces of the United States for a period of time greater than one year, may relicense any motor vehicle owned by the veteran without paying any fee or penalties for the intervening years when the vehicle was not licensed, providing the veteran shows by suitable affidavit that the vehicle was not in use during any year in which it was not licensed. The vehicle must be licensed for the license fee applicable to the month of the year in which application for license is made.
2.    The following motor vehicles may be operated upon the highways, roads, and streets of this state without being registered, under such limitations as are herein specified; provided, however, that whenever the department   determines that it is to the best interest of the state of North Dakota and determines by reciprocal agreement or otherwise that as great or greater privileges are not granted North Dakota residents while traveling in other states or territories, the department may cancel or limit the application of any exception to residents or motor vehicles from such other state or territory:
 
 
 
j. Motor vehicles not exceeding twenty-six thousand pounds [11793.40 kilograms] registered gross weight owned and operated by a disabled veteran under the provisions of Public Law 79-663 [38 U.S.C. 3901], a disabled veteran who has a one hundred percent service-connected disability as determined by the department of veterans' affairs, or a disabled veteran who has an extra-schedular rating to include individual unemployability that brings the veteran's total disability rating to one hundred percent as determined by the department of veterans' affairs is entitled to display either a distinctive license plate or a standard plate that does not identify the veteran as a veteran or disabled veteran which is issued by the department. This exemption applies to no more than two such motor vehicles owned by a disabled veteran at any one time. A surviving spouse of a disabled veteran who has not remarried and who is receiving department of veterans' affairs dependency and indemnity compensation retains the exemption of the deceased veteran who qualified under this subdivision for one vehicle.
 
 
The following persons are exempt from license hereunder:
 
1. Any employee of the United States government while operating a motor vehicle owned by or leased to that government and being operated on official business.
 
2. A nonresident who is at least sixteen years of age, who has in that person's immediate possession a valid operator's license issued to that person in that person's home state or country, may operate a motor vehicle in this state.
 
3. A nonresident who is at least sixteen years of age, whose home state or country does not require the licensing of operators, may operate a motor vehicle within this state for a period of not more than thirty days in any calendar year without making an application for or obtaining an operator's license of this state; provided, however, that the person shall have in that person's possession while driving in this state an official certificate showing the lawful registry of the motor vehicle and be able to prove that person's lawful possession or the right to operate such vehicle and to establish that person's identity.
 
4. A member of the armed forces of the United States may operate a motor vehicle in this state while that person is stationed in North Dakota, provided that person has a valid current operator's license from another state.
 
5. A person over sixteen years of age who becomes a resident of this state and who has in that person's possession a valid operator's license issued to that person pursuant to the laws of some other state or country or by military authorities of the United States may operate a motor vehicle for a period of not more than sixty days after becoming a resident of this state, without being required to have a North Dakota operator's license.
 
6. A member of the North Dakota national guard may operate any military vehicles as authorized by a national guard operator's license while on duty. For purposes of this chapter, a person must be deemed a resident of this state when the person has lived in the state for ninety consecutive days, unless such person is a nonresident student, a tourist, or a member of the armed forces. 
 
For purposes of this chapter, a person must be deemed a resident of this state when the person has lived in the state for ninety consecutive days, unless such person is a nonresident student, a tourist, or a member of the armed forces. 

 

A valid operator's license issued under the provisions of this chapter to a resident of North Dakota who enters or is in the United States armed forces and serving upon active duty with such forces continues in full force and effect so long as the active service continues and the licensee remains absent from this state, and for not to exceed thirty days following the date on which the holder of such license is honorably separated from such service or returns to this state, unless the license is sooner suspended, canceled, or revoked for cause as provided by law. The license is valid only when in the immediate possession of the licensee while driving and the licensee has the licensee's discharge or separation papers, if the licensee has been discharged or separated from the service, or has documentation authorizing the licensee to be absent from the licensee's duty station in the licensee's immediate possession.
Municipal steam heating authorities shall not be subject to civil service or merit system laws, veterans' preference laws, or other laws, ordinances, and regulations pertaining to the status of municipal employees. Employees of an authority shall have the same position as employees of a private corporation and the board of directors of an authority shall manage their employee relationships in the same manner as private corporations.

Municipal steam heating authorities shall not be subject to civil service or merit system laws, veterans' preference laws, or other laws, ordinances, and regulations pertaining to the status of municipal employees. Employees of an authority shall have the same position as employees of a private corporation and the board of directors of an authority shall manage their employee relationships in the same manner as private corporations.

Any member of a police department who has resigned therefrom or who shall resign therefrom, or who has been granted or shall be granted a leave of absence to serve in the armed forces of the United States or armed forces reserve thereof, or who shall have been selected for training under the selective service provisions of the laws of the United States and has returned with an honorable discharge from, or other document showing honorable service in, such service to the police department, shall have the period of such service included as part of the person's period of service in the department.
Any employee of a city having an employees' pension fund who resigns therefrom or who has been granted or shall be granted a leave of absence to serve in the armed forces of the United States or armed forces reserve thereof, or who shall have been selected for training under the selective service provisions of the laws of the United States, and who has returned to the employ of the city with an honorable discharge from, or other documents showing honorable service in, such service, shall have the period of such service included as part of the employee's period of service to such city.
The community centers, playgrounds, recreational centers and systems, or any recreational or character-building facility provided for herein may be erected or established as memorials in commemoration of the men and women of the locality who lost their lives in the service of their country during World War II and in gratitude to all who served in the armed forces. In such cases, the names of those so remembered shall be preserved in some manner in connection with the memorial.
Municipal parking authorities shall not be subject to civil service or merit system laws, veterans preference laws, or other laws, ordinances, and regulations pertaining to the status of municipal employees. Employees of a municipal parking authority shall have the same position as employees of a private corporation and the board of directors of a municipal parking authority shall manage their employee relationships in the same manner as private corporations.

Municipal parking authorities shall not be subject to civil service or merit system laws, veterans preference laws, or other laws, ordinances, and regulations pertaining to the status of municipal employees. Employees of a municipal parking authority shall have the same position as employees of a private corporation and the board of directors of a municipal parking authority shall manage their employee relationships in the same manner as private corporations.

In all contracts, except those which involve federal-aid funds and when a preference or discrimination would be contrary to a federal law or regulation, hereafter let for state, county, city, school district, or township construction, repair, or maintenance work under any laws of this state, there shall be inserted a provision by which the contractor must give preference to the employment of bona fide North Dakota residents, as determined by section 54-01-26, with preference given first to honorably discharged disabled veterans and veterans of the armed forces of the United States, as defined in section 37-19.1-01, who are deemed to be qualified in the performance of that work. The preference shall not apply to engineering, superintendence, management, or office or clerical work.
 
No contract shall be let to any person, firm, association, cooperative, corporation, or limited liability company refusing to execute an agreement containing the aforementioned provisions.

In all contracts, except those which involve federal-aid funds and when a preference or discrimination would be contrary to a federal law or regulation, hereafter let for state, county, city, school district, or township construction, repair, or maintenance work under any laws of this state, there shall be inserted a provision by which the contractor must give preference to the employment of bona fide North Dakota residents, as determined by section 54-01-26, with preference given first to honorably discharged disabled veterans and veterans of the armed forces of the United States, as defined in section 37-19.1-01, who are deemed to be qualified in the performance of that work. The preference shall not apply to engineering, superintendence, management, or office or clerical work. No contract shall be let to any person, firm, association, cooperative, corporation, or limited liability company refusing to execute an agreement containing the aforementioned provisions.

Any person violating any provisions of section 43-07-20 is guilty of a class B misdemeanor.

A repeated violation constitutes legal grounds for a court, on proper application by the labor commissioner, to grant an injunction without requiring the posting of a bond or undertaking.

The labor commissioner has the primary responsibility of enforcing sections 43-07-20 and 43-07-21 and may make reciprocal agreements or arrangements with any other state or territory exempting the application of sections 43-07-20 through 43-07-22, and may examine records of employment relative to public contracts for such purposes. However, any person being adversely affected because of noncompliance with section 43-07-20 may also institute an appropriate civil action, and any person having knowledge of a violation may file a criminal complaint with the proper official.

1. A board shall adopt rules to provide for or shall grant on a case-by-case basis exceptions to the board's license renewal requirements in order to address renewal compliance hardships that may result from:
 
 a. Activation of more than thirty days of a licensee who is a member of the national guard or armed forces of the United States.
 b. Service in the theater or area of armed conflict by a licensee who is a member of the regular active duty armed forces of the United States.
 
2. For purposes of this section, the term board includes the state board of accountancy, state electrical board, North Dakota real estate appraiser qualifications and ethics board, state real estate commission, secretary of state with respect to contractor licensing, state board of medical examiners, and state board of dental examiners.
Any person elected or appointed to any position or office in this state, or in any political subdivision thereof, in which length of service is one of the qualifications necessary to election or appointment, must be given credit for service in the army of the United States between April 6, 1917, and November 11, 1919, in the particular vocation, profession, or trade in which the person was engaged at the time of entering such service, if the person holds an honorable discharge from the military service of the United States and is recognized as a North Dakota soldier.
When the incumbent of any elective office in this state is unable to discharge the duties of the incumbent's office by reason of service in the armed forces of the United States, an acting official who shall have the powers of the incumbent must be appointed in the same manner that an appointment would be made in case of a vacancy in office, the appointment being made from a list of three names which must be submitted by the incumbent to the appointing body or officer within thirty days after leaving for the service. Provided, however, in the office of state's attorney the names of practicing attorneys residing in adjoining counties may be included if there are less than three practicing attorneys residing in such county in which the appointment is to be made.
 
If the incumbent has already entered the military service the incumbent shall, within ten days after the passage and approval of this section, file a list of three names with the appointing body or officer. If the incumbent fails to submit a list of names, the appointing body or officer shall make the appointment of the acting official without regard to the incumbent's wishes; provided, however, that in the filling of such vacancy in the office of state's attorney, a practicing attorney from an adjoining county may be named to fill such vacancy if there are less than three practicing attorneys residing in the county where such vacancy is to be filled. Provided, further, the acting official shall serve, and the acting official's tenure of office must be terminated immediately upon the incumbent filing a "notice of return" with the secretary of state in instances in which it is a state official, or with the county auditor when the incumbent is an official of the county or any of its subdivisions. This section is hereby declared to be retroactive and all appointments to vacancies heretofore made in the manner herein provided are hereby validated.
Date of Meeting: June 28, 2016
54-07-01.2. Governor to have power to appoint majority of members of certain boards
and commissions - Limitations.
 
1. Notwithstanding sections 2-05-01, 4.1-05-02, 4.1-26-02, 6-01-03, 6-09-02.1,
12-55.1-02, 12-59-01, 15-39.1-05.1, 15.1-01-01, 15.1-13-02, 20.1-02-23, 23-01-02,
23-25-02, 36-01-01, 37-18.1-01, 50-06-05.6, 50-06.1-16, 54-34.3-10, 54-54-02,
55-01-01, 61-02-04, and 61-28-03, all members of the following boards and
commissions must, subject to the limitations of this section, be considered to have
resigned from such boards and commissions effective January first of the first year of
each four-year term of the governor:
a. The aeronautics commission.
b. The milk marketing board.
c. The dairy promotion commission.
d. The state banking board.
e. The state credit union board.
f. The advisory board of directors to the Bank of North Dakota.
g. The pardon advisory board.
h. The state parole board.
i. The state board of public school education.
j. The education standards and practices board.
k. The board of trustees of the teachers' fund for retirement.
l. The state game and fish advisory board.
m. The health council.
n. The air pollution control advisory council.
o. The board of animal health.
p. The administrative committee on veterans' affairs.
q. The committee on aging.
r. The committee on employment of people with disabilities.
s. The commission on the status of women.
t. The North Dakota council on the arts.
u. The state historical board.
v. The state water commission.
w. The state water pollution control board.
 
2. The governor shall have the option of reappointing any member to any board or
commission to complete the term to which the member was appointed, or the governor
may appoint a simple majority of any board or commission to complete the terms of
those resigned members who do not receive reappointments. In order to assure
continuity, the governor shall reappoint for the completion of their original terms no
fewer than one less than a simple majority of the former members of each board or
commission.
 
3. If the governor has not acknowledged in writing the resignation of any members of any
board or commission prior to July first of the first year of the governor's term, the board
or commission member must be considered to have been reappointed to complete the
term to which the member was originally appointed. All members of boards and
commissions shall continue to serve until the time they are notified of the acceptance
of their resignation by the governor, and in all cases the members of boards and
commissions shall continue to serve until their successors have been named and
qualified.
 
4. In those instances where nominations for the filling of vacancies on boards and
commissions are submitted to the governor pursuant to state law, the governor shall
notify such persons and organizations of acceptance of the resignation of any board or
commission member. Such persons and organizations shall furnish the governor with
the number of required nominations to fill the vacancies within sixty days after the
notice or the governor may nominate and appoint such members as are otherwise
qualified.
 
5. The provisions of this section do not apply to those constitutional officers who serve on
boards and commissions, except insofar as a governor may count such constitutional
officers among those the governor reappoints in order to conform to the continuity
requirements of this section.
 
6. All vacancies created by resignation after July first of the first year of each term of a
governor must be filled as provided by law. If any person refuses an appointment, the
governor shall fill such position as otherwise provided by law.
1. Notwithstanding sections 2-05-01, 4-18.1-04, 4.1-05-02, 6-01-03, 6-09-02.1, 12-55.1-02, 12-59-01, 15-39.1-05.1, 15.1-01-01, 15.1-13-02, 20.1-02-23, 23-01-02, 23-25-02, 36-01-01, 37-18.1-01, 50-06-05.6, 50-06.1-16, 54-34.3-10, 54-54-02, 55-01-01, 55-06-01, 61-02-04, and 61-28-03, all members of the following boards and commissions must, subject to the limitations of this section, be considered to have resigned from such boards and commissions effective January first of the first year of each four-year term of the governor:
 
a. The aeronautics commission.
b. The milk marketing board.
c. The dairy promotion commission.
d. The state banking board.
e. The state credit union board.
f. The advisory board of directors to the Bank of North Dakota.
g. The pardon advisory board.
h. The state parole board.
i. The state board of public school education.
j. The education standards and practices board.
k. The board of trustees for the teachers' fund for retirement.
l. The state game and fish advisory board.
m. The health council.
n. The air pollution control advisory council.
o. The board of animal health.
p. The administrative committee on veterans' affairs.
q. The committee on aging.
r. The committee on employment of people with disabilities.
s. The commission on the status of women.
t. The North Dakota council on the arts.
u. The state historical board.
v. The Yellowstone-Missouri Rivers confluence commission.
w. The state water commission.
x. The state water pollution control board.
 
2. The governor shall have the option of reappointing any member to any board or commission to complete the term to which the member was appointed, or the governor may appoint a simple majority of any board or commission to complete the terms of those resigned members who do not receive reappointments. In order to assure continuity, the governor shall reappoint for the completion of their original terms no fewer than one less than a simple majority of the former members of each board or commission.
 
3. If the governor has not acknowledged in writing the resignation of any members of any board or commission prior to July first of the first year of the governor's term, the board or commission member must be considered to have been reappointed to complete the term to which the member was originally appointed. All members of boards and commissions shall continue to serve until the time they are notified of the acceptance of their resignation by the governor, and in all cases the members of boards and commissions shall continue to serve until their successors have been named and qualified.
 
4. In those instances where nominations for the filling of vacancies on boards and commissions are submitted to the governor pursuant to state law, the governor shall notify such persons and organizations of acceptance of the resignation of any board or commission member. Such persons and organizations shall furnish the governor with the number of required nominations to fill the vacancies within sixty days after the notice or the governor may nominate and appoint such members as are otherwise qualified.
 
5. The provisions of this section do not apply to those constitutional officers who serve on boards and commissions, except insofar as a governor may count such constitutional officers among those the governor reappoints in order to conform to the continuity requirements of this section.
 
6. All vacancies created by resignation after July first of the first year of each term of a governor must be filled as provided by law. If any person refuses an appointment, the governor shall fill such position as otherwise provided by law.

 

The coat of arms of this state may be used in a manner following persons, organizations, and agencies:
 
1. The governor of North Dakota.
 
2. The North Dakota national guard.
 
3. Departments and agencies of the state of North Dakota.
 
4. North Dakota veterans organizations.
 
5. Officially recognized North Dakota educational institutions, systems, or divisions thereof.
 
6. Recognized North Dakota patriotic organizations.
 
7. The legislative assembly

 

1. A participating member may elect to purchase credit for years of service and prior service for which the participating member is not presently receiving credit. A participating member is entitled to purchase additional credit under this section for the following service or prior service, except this service is not eligible for credit if the years claimed also qualify for retirement benefits from another retirement system:
 
a. Active prior employment in the armed forces of the United States, except as provided in section 54-52-17.14, for up to four years of credit.
b. Employment as a permanent employee by a public employer either within or outside the state of North Dakota.
c. Employment as a permanent employee by a political subdivision participating in the public employees retirement system which did not pay the cost of past service benefits under section 54-52-02.1.
d. Service the participating member did not elect to repurchase upon reemployment under section 54-52-02.6.
e. Service of an eligible employee, who exercised the privilege to withdraw from the predecessor plan to the public employees retirement system under subsection 10 of section 54-52-17 as created by section 13 of chapter 499 of the 1977 Session Laws.
f. Employment as a permanent employee by the federal government.
 
2. A participating member may elect to purchase credit for the following absences for which the participating member is not receiving service credit:
 
a. Employer-approved leave of absence; or
b. Months away from work while participating as a seasonal employee.
 
3. Supreme and district court judges under the public employees retirement system may elect to purchase credit for the following years of service:
 
a. Except as provided in section 54-52-17.14, for up to four years of credit for active employment in the armed forces of the United States.
b. As a county judge in a county or counties that did not participate in the public employees retirement system under this chapter.
c. Participation in the public employees retirement system as a county judge may be converted to credit in the judges' retirement system.
 
4. The participating member may purchase credit under this section, or the participating member's employer may purchase for the participating member, by paying to the board an amount equal to the actuarial cost to the fund of providing the credit. If the participating member purchases credit pursuant to subdivision d of subsection 1, the participating member must pay to the board an amount equal to the greater of the actuarial cost to the fund of providing the credit, or the amount the participating member received upon taking a refund of the participating member's account balance, plus interest at the actuarial rate of return from the time the participating member was issued the refund. If the participating member is not repurchasing all of the credit originally refunded, the participating member must pay a pro rata amount of the refunded amount determined by dividing the refunded amount by the number of months of credit refunded, multiplying that amount times the number of months of credit the participating member seeks to repurchase, and adding interest at the actuarial rate of return. The participating member or the participating member's employer shall also pay to the retiree health benefits fund established under section 54-52.1-03.2 an amount equal to the actuarial cost to that fund for the additional credit. This contribution must be recorded as a member contribution pursuant to section 54-52.1-03.2. The board shall adopt rules governing the purchase of additional credit under this section.
 
5. Pursuant to rules adopted by the board, the board may allow a participating member to purchase service credit with either pretax or aftertax moneys, at the board's discretion. If the participating member elects to purchase service credit using pretax moneys, the requirements and restrictions in subsection 3 of section 54-52-05 apply to the purchase arrangement.
 
6. In addition to service credit identified in this section, a vested participating member may purchase up to five years of service credit unrelated to any other eligible service.

 

1. A state office of administrative hearings is created.
 
2. The office is under the direction of a director of administrative hearings who must be free of any association that would impair the director's ability to function officially in a fair and objective manner. The director must be an attorney at law in good standing, admitted to the bar in this state, and currently licensed by the state board of law examiners. The director of administrative hearings must be appointed by the governor and confirmed by the senate and shall hold office for a term of six years, the term beginning July first of the year of appointment and ending June thirtieth of the sixth calendar year after appointment.
 
3. The director of administrative hearings may preside as an administrative law judge at administrative hearings and may employ or appoint additional administrative law judges to serve in the office as necessary to fulfill the duties of office as described in section 54-57-04 and section 28-32-31 and to provide administrative law judges to preside at administrative hearings as requested by agencies. The director of administrative hearings may employ or appoint only such additional administrative law judges who are attorneys at law in good standing, admitted to the bar in the state, and currently licensed by the state board of law examiners. Administrative law judges employed by the director before August 1, 1995, need not be attorneys at law and may be designated by the director to preside at any administrative proceedings or adjudicative proceedings under section 54-57-03. The director may delegate to an employee the exercise of a specific statutory power or duty as deemed advisable, subject to the director's control, including the powers and duties of a deputy director. All administrative law judges must be classified employees, except that the director of administrative hearings must be an unclassified employee who only may be removed, during a term of office, for cause. Each administrative law judge must have a demonstrated knowledge of administrative practices and procedures and must be free of any association that would impair the person's ability to function officially in a fair and objective manner.
 
4. The director of administrative hearings may employ the necessary support staff required by the office. Support staff must be classified employees.
 
5. The director of administrative hearings shall develop categories of positions in the classified service under class titles for the appointment or employment of administrative law judges and support staff in consultation with and approved by the director of North Dakota human resource management services, including the salary to be paid for each position or category of position.
 
6. The director shall file a report with the governor and the state advisory council for administrative hearings not later than the first day of December of each odd-numbered year. The report must provide information regarding all administrative hearings conducted by the office of administrative hearings during the previous biennium. The report must provide information regarding meeting case processing guidelines for each agency, the cost of hearings for each agency, the decisions issued for each agency, and the results of the office of administrative hearings' service survey.
 
7. In this chapter, unless the context or subject matter otherwise requires, "agency" means each board, bureau, commission, department, or other administrative unit of the executive branch of state government whether headed by an appointed or elected official.
 
8. In this chapter, unless the context or subject matter otherwise requires, "administrative agency" means that term as defined in section 28-32-01.

 

When regularly appointed administrative law judges are not available, the director of administrative hearings may contract on a temporary basis with qualified individuals to serve as administrative law judges for the office of administrative hearings. Temporary administrative law judges are not employees of the state.
1. Notwithstanding the authority granted in chapter 28-32 allowing agency heads or other persons to preside in an administrative proceeding, all adjudicative proceedings of administrative agencies under chapter 28-32, except those of the public service commission, the industrial commission, the insurance commissioner, the state engineer, the department of transportation, job service North Dakota, and the labor commissioner, must be conducted by the office of administrative hearings in accordance with the adjudicative proceedings provisions of chapter 28-32 and any rules adopted pursuant to chapter 28-32. But, appeals hearings pursuant to section 61-03-22 and drainage appeals from water resource boards to the state engineer pursuant to chapter 61-32 must be conducted by the office of administrative hearings. Additionally, hearings of the department of corrections and rehabilitation for the parole board in accordance with chapter 12-59, regarding parole violations; job discipline and dismissal appeals to the board of higher education; Individuals With Disabilities Education Act and section 504 due process hearings of the superintendent of public instruction; and chapter 37-19.1 veterans' preferences hearings for any agency must be conducted by the office of administrative hearings in accordance with applicable laws.
 
2. The agency head shall make a written request to the director requesting the designation of an administrative law judge to preside for each administrative proceeding or adjudicative proceeding to be held.
 
3. Informal disposition of an administrative proceeding or adjudicative proceeding may be made by an agency at any time before or after the designation of an administrative law judge from the office of administrative hearings.
 
4. If a party to an administrative proceeding or adjudicative proceeding is in default, the agency may issue a default order and a written notice of default, including a statement of the grounds for default, prior to the hearing. The agency shall determine all the issues involved. If issued, the default notice and order must be served upon all the parties and the administrative law judge, if one has been designated to preside. After service of the default notice and order, if a hearing is necessary to complete the administrative action with or without the participation of the party in default, an administrative law judge from the office of administrative hearings must preside.
 
5. When designating administrative law judges to preside in an administrative proceeding or adjudicative proceeding, the director shall attempt to assign an administrative law judge having expertise in the subject matter to be dealt with.
 
6. The director of administrative hearings may assign an administrative law judge to preside in an administrative proceeding or adjudicative proceeding, upon request, to any agency exempted from the provisions of this section, to any agency, or part of any agency, that is not an administrative agency subject to the provisions of chapter 28-32, to any unit of local government in this state, to any tribal government in this state, to the judicial branch, or to any agency to conduct a rulemaking hearing.

 

The office of administrative hearings may not hold hearings on the same issue involving the same parties as the original hearing after a judgment has been rendered by a court concerning that issue unless authorized to or directed to by that court.
All administrative law judges shall comply with the duties of hearing officers under section 28-32-31 for all hearings of administrative agencies under chapter 28-32, as well as for all hearings of administrative agencies not under chapter 28-32, in accordance with applicable laws.
1. The director of administrative hearings shall adopt, in accordance with chapter 28-32, rules of administrative hearings practice or procedure which implement chapter 28-32 and which aid in the course and conduct of all administrative hearings and related proceedings conducted by administrative agencies under chapter 28-32. The uniform rules must be used by all administrative agencies subject to chapter 28-32 which do not have their own rules of administrative hearings practice or procedure governing the course and conduct of hearings. If an administrative agency's rules are silent on any aspect of the agency's administrative hearings practice or procedure, the applicable uniform rule governs.
 
2. The director of administrative hearings may adopt rules to further establish qualifications for administrative law judges; to establish procedures for requesting and designating administrative law judges; and to facilitate the performance of duties and responsibilities conferred by this chapter. Any rules adopted by the director of administrative hearings pursuant to this subsection must be adopted in accordance with chapter 28-32.

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