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Jan. 18, 2019   No. 4

This session has seen the most bills and resolutions introduced in 10 years. Monday is the final day for senators to introduce bills, and Thursday is the deadline for introducing resolutions except amendments to the constitution and study resolutions.

Measure 1
Both the Senate and the House appointed special committees to consider implementing legislation for Measure 1/Ethics Commission as follows:

  • House Ethics Committee: Rep. Kasper, Rep. Louser, Rep. D. Anderson, Rep. Headland, Rep. Heinert, Rep. K. Koppelman, Rep. Lefor, Rep. Rohr, Rep. D. Ruby, Rep. Steiner, Rep. Boschee, Rep. Mitskog, Rep. Mock
  • Senate Special Committee on Ethics: Sen. Hogue, Sen. Unruh, Sen. Anderson, Sen. Dever, Sen. Poolman, Sen. Oban, Sen. Mathern

Two bills have been introduced to date: HB 1521 and SB 2148.

This Week at the Capitol
HB 1066 Operation Prairie Dog
HB 1066, nicknamed Operation Prairie Dog, would fund infrastructure projects with oil and gas tax revenue in areas outside of oil-producing counties. The bill would add additional buckets for city, county, township, and airport infrastructure funds. The bill was heard by the House Finance and Taxation Committee Jan. 15. The committee heard testimony from many organizations, cities and counties, including the Greater North Dakota Chamber, North Dakota County Commissioners Association, City of Bowman, McKenzie County, Western Dakota Energy Association, North Dakota Soybean Growers Association, Airport Association of North Dakota, City of Lisbon, North Dakota Association of County Engineers, Associated General Contractors of North Dakota, City of Jamestown, Watford City, City of Minot, Statewide City Administrators Association, City of Fargo,City of Williston, Association of County Engineers, Ducks Unlimited, and others. TechND supports this bill.

HB 1097 Sunday Closing Laws
HB 1097 would allow retail business to open before noon on Sundays and received a 11-2 do pass recommendation by the House Industry, Business and Labor Committee and passed the House by a 56-35 vote Jan. 17. EDND is tracking this bill.

HB 1111 Research and Experimental Expenditure Credit
HB 1111 would advance an alternative simplified method for calculating the research and experimental expenditure tax credit and received a 9-3 do pass recommendation from the House Finance and Taxation Committee Jan. 17. EDND is tracking this bill.

HB 1171 Skilled Workforce Grant Program

HB 1171 is similar to SB 2039 and would create a grant program for high-demand career tech programs. Key differences are related to recipient qualifications, a cap of $8,500 per year and implementation of the program. The bill was heard by the House Business, Industry and Labor Committee Jan. 16. Matt Marshall testified in support on behalf of EDND, along with the Greater North Dakota Chamber and John Richman, North Dakota State College of Science president.

HB 1190 Winery Licenses
HB 1190 would remove a requirement for wineries to use a percentage of ingredients produced in North Dakota and received a unanimous do pass recommendation by the House Business, Industry and Labor Committee Jan. 16. Representatives from three wineries and a cidery testified in support of the bill. One owner of a winery testified that there is a 200,000 lb. grape shortage in the state, inhibiting growth. The cidery similarly stated that there aren’t enough apples in state to realize their growth potential. Alcohol distributors testified in opposition, stating the removal of the requirement would threaten the three-tier alcohol system. EDND supports this bill.

HB 1205 Fertilizer or Chemical Processing Facility Exemption
HB 1205 would extend the fertilizer or chemical processing facility sales and use tax exemption and was heard by the House Finance and Taxation committee Jan. 16. The North Dakota Soybeans Council, North Dakota Petroleum Council and Department of Commerce testified in support of the bill. Enable Midstream Partners requested an amendment to allow the exemption to include straddle, fractionating and petrochemical facilities. EDND supports this bill.

HB 1235 Childcare Corporate Income Tax Deduction
HB 1235 would provide an income tax deduction for corporations reimbursing an employee for qualified childcare expenses. The bill was heard by the House Finance and Taxation Committee Jan. 16. EDND supports this bill.

SCR 4005 Legacy Fund Ballot Measure 
SCR 4005 would create a ballot measure at the next election for voters to decide whether to use the legacy fund for infrastructure. The bill was heard by the Senate Finance and Taxation Committee Jan. 15. EDND supports this bill.

Please click for a status report of all bills EDND is monitoring.

Upcoming Legislative Events

A legislative social, hosted by EDND and the North Dakota Economic Development Foundation will be held on Tuesday, March 12, from 5:30-7:30 p.m. CST at the Harvest in Mandan. If you would like to attend, please RSVP to Jennifer Greuel by March 1.
Conference Calls
EDND legislative conference calls will take place each Friday during the legislative session at 1:30 p.m. CST.
Dial-in: 1-857-232-0155 
Participant code:  376664

Legislative Information/Bill Drafts
Legislative updates will be sent each Friday and will include a list and the status of all bills being monitored by EDND. If at any time you need additional information or have pertinent information to include in the legislative update or to discuss, please contact Jennifer Greuel at 701-355-4458.
Bill drafts and information about the 66th Legislative Session can be found on the North Dakota Legislative Branch website.
How to Contact Your Legislators
During a legislative session, a legislator can be reached at the State Capitol by leaving a message with the legislative telephone message center at (888) NDLEGIS (635-3447) or (701) 328-3373 (local). That number can also be used to obtain information on bills under consideration. A legislator can also be reached by mail or email and address rosters are posted online.
Addressing Mail Correspondence
To a Senator:
Honorable (full name)
State Senator
600 E Boulevard Ave
Bismarck, ND 58505
Dear Senator (last name):

To a Representative:
Honorable (full name)
State Representative
600 E Boulevard Ave
Bismarck, ND 58505
Dear Representative (last name):

2019 Legislative Deadlines and EDND Dates
Jan. 21 Deadline for senators to introduce bills
Feb. 22 Crossover for bills
Feb. 25-26 Recess
March 12
March 12
EDND Legislative Social, 5:30 p.m., RSVP to Jennifer
Crossover for resolutions
April 19 Good Friday
April 30 Session is limited to 80 legislative days
Hearing Schedule
Monday, Jan. 21
9:00 AM   HB 1019 House Appropriations - Education and Environment Division  Roughrider  Career and Technical Education Appropriation  Support   
10:30 AM   HB 1390 House Finance and Taxation  Fort Totten  Limits the Amount the Foundation Aid Formula Can Deduct for Contribution from Property Tax Track  
2:30 PM   HB 1333 House Industry, Business and Labor  Peace Garden  Technology advancement grant/ legacy innovation fund  Support   
Tuesday, Jan. 22
8:30 AM   HB 1018 House Appropriations - Education and Environment Division  Roughrider  Department of Commerce Budget  Support   
9:00 AM   SB 2271 Senate Industry, Business and Labor  Roosevelt Park  HIF Appropriation Support   
10:30 AM   SB 2237 Senate Finance and Taxation  Lewis and Clark  Childcare Credit Support   
2:30 PM   SB 2275 Senate Finance and Taxation  Lewis and Clark  Infrastructure Revolving Loan Fund Support  
2:30 PM   SB 2276 Senate Education  Sheyenne River  Infrastructure Revolving Loan Fund Support   
Wednesday, Jan. 23
8:30 AM   HB 1014 House Appropriations - Government Operations Division  Medora  Bank of North Dakota and North Dakota Housing Incentive Fund Appropriation   Support   
Thursday, Jan. 24
8:00 AM   HB 1217 House Government and Veterans Affairs  Fort Union  Competition between government and private industry  Oppose   
8:30 AM   HB 1031 House Appropriations - Education and Environment Division  Roughrider  Higher Education student financial assistance  Track   
Friday, Jan. 25
9:00 AM   HB 1349 House Agriculture  Peace Garden  Industrial Hemp Track   

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