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Legislative Update – Aril 21th 2017

 

 

 

The North Dakota 65th Legislative Session began on January 3th 2017.  Governor Doug Burgum gave The State of the State address and urges North Dakotans to embrace change, rethink budgeting, education, addiction treatment, and tribal relations. He stated that the state’s revenue challenge presents an opportunity to rethink the way North Dakota does do government and its time to embrace technology to help hold down costs and to build an economy and workforce for the 21st century..

 

Governor Jack Dalrymple prosed a budget before he left office that would reduce general fund spending by about $1.2 Billion which newly elected  Gov. Burgum said was a great start. Gov. Burgum stated that “Right now is the time to right-size government”.

 

The Soil Conservation Districts hosted our “Day at The Capitol” where we hosted and fed the lawmakers, interns, and a few other folks. It was a big hit and many lawmakers thanked us for the event. We had many SCD booths showing the many fine projects and work that each of you do. We had a booth for our Farm Bill Specialists and Lincoln Oakes Nursery. Board President Richard Knopp as well as board member Jeff Aalund were in attendance. It was a good time and we need to do it every session.

 

Crossover has happened and we are getting busy again now that the other chamber has the bills.

 

At this time NDASCD is lobbying for: SB 2029. A BILL for an Act to create and enact chapters 4.1-18, 4.1-20, 4.1-21, 4.1-22, and 4.1-48 of the North Dakota Century Code, relating to revisions of agriculture laws regarding industrial hemp, soil conservation districts laws, forestry and tree distribution, nurseries, and potato production contracts; and to provide a penalty. It passed the Senate and now will go to the house for consideration. SB 2029 see below. I attended the House committee hearing on March 10th. There were only folks testifying in favor of the bill. No one testified against SB 2029.

 

Date

Chamber

Meeting Description

Journal

01/03 Senate Introduced, first reading, referred Agriculture Committee SJ 25
01/05 Senate Committee Hearing 01:00
01/16 Senate Reported back amended, do pass, amendment placed on calendar 6 0 0 SJ 118
01/17 Senate Amendment adopted, placed on calendar SJ 132
01/18 Senate Second reading, passed, yeas 45 nays 0 SJ 143
02/02 House Received from Senate HJ 342
02/09 House Introduced, first reading, referred Agriculture Committee HJ 452
03/10 House Committee Hearing 09:00
03/20 House Reported back amended, do pass, amendment placed on calendar 12 0 2 HJ 1032
03/21 House Amendment adopted, placed on calendar HJ 1041
03/27 House Rereferred to Appropriations HJ 1128
03/31 House Reported back, do pass, place on calendar 19 0 2 HJ 1247
04/03 House Second reading, passed as amended, yeas 90 nays 0 HJ 1267
Senate Returned to Senate (12) SJ 1077
04/05 Senate Concurred SJ 1189
Second reading, passed, yeas 47 nays 0 SJ 1189

 

 

 

 SB Bill 2020– A BILL for an Act to provide an appropriation for defraying the expenses of the North Dakota State university extension service, northern crops institute, upper great plains transportation institute, main research center, branch research centers, and agronomy seed farm. I anticipate the state technical grant suffering further cuts as it makes its way through the house appropriations committee. This bill is changing fast and often. The House Appropriations Committee is making an amendment to eliminate the funding for Scott Hochhalter’s position and giving his responsibilities and $25,000 to the NDSSCC board. The bill passed the House 74-16 and is being returned to the Senate. Senator Bowman is going to oppose the house amendments. The bill will then go to a conference committee next week. SB 2020 was finally settled upon by the conference committee. It was decided to keep Scott’s position and funding for two years while the legislative body studies the State Soil Committee, and Scott Hochhalter’s position. Recommendations will then be made as to how the grant money should be administered.

 

Date

Chamber

Meeting Description

Journal

01/03 Senate Introduced, first reading, referred Appropriations Committee SJ 23
01/18 Senate Committee Hearing 10:15
Committee Hearing 11:00
Committee Hearing 01:30
Committee Hearing 02:15
Committee Hearing 03:00
02/13 Senate Reported back amended, do pass, amendment placed on calendar 13 0 1 SJ 388
02/14 Senate Amendment adopted, placed on calendar SJ 409
Second reading, passed, yeas 43 nays 2 SJ 409
02/20 House Received from Senate HJ 640
02/22 House Introduced, first reading, referred Appropriations Committee HJ 810
03/07 House Committee Hearing 09:30
Committee Hearing 10:15
Committee Hearing 11:00
Committee Hearing 01:30
Committee Hearing 02:15
Committee Hearing 03:00
03/21 House Committee Hearing 09:00
03/24 House Committee Hearing 09:00
04/06 House Reported back amended, do pass, amendment placed on calendar 18 0 3 HJ 1480
Amendment adopted, placed on calendar HJ 1487
Second reading, passed, yeas 74 nays 16 HJ 1488
Senate Returned to Senate (12)

 

 

HB 1162–A BILL for an Act to create and enact a new section to chapter 49-02 of the North Dakota Century Code, relating to competition between the government and private industry and to require a report to the legislative management. We need to watch this bill and lobby against it. HB 1162 see below. An amendment has been passed to turn the bill into a study. I testified against this bill and I am hopeful we can get it killed in the Senate. Good news the Senate voted 41-5 to veto this bill. It died and will not be a study.

 

Date

Chamber

Meeting Description

Journal

01/06 House Introduced, first reading, referred Industry, Business and Labor Committee HJ 69
01/16 House Committee Hearing 02:00
01/26 House Reported back amended, do pass, amendment placed on calendar 12 2 0 HJ 257
01/27 House Amendment adopted, placed on calendar HJ 269
01/31 House Second reading, passed, yeas 83 nays 8 HJ 308
02/17 Senate Received from House SJ 498
Introduced, first reading, referred Industry, Business and Labor Committee SJ 519
03/15 Senate Committee Hearing 10:00
Reported back, do not pass, placed on calendar 6 1 0 SJ 772
03/16 Senate Second reading, failed to pass, yeas 5 nays 41 SJ 781

 

Warmly,

Brian Johnston