Bill changes requirements for petition circulators

2013-01-16T14:54:00Z Bill changes requirements for petition circulatorsBy NICK SMITH | Bismarck Tribune Bismarck Tribune

BISMARCK, N.D. - Bills and resolutions filed by lawmakers Tuesday include changing the income qualifications for the Homestead Property Tax Credit and requirements for being a petition circulator.

The House also introduced a series of concurrent resolutions calling for action toward the state’s colleges and universities as well as access to Lake Sakakawea.

A total of 27 Senate bills and four House bills were introduced by North Dakota lawmakers as well as six House concurrent resolutions and two Senate concurrent resolutions. Among the latest batch of newly introduced bills were:

  • House Concurrent Resolution 3007: Would call for a 2014 primary election vote on repealing the statewide 1-mill property tax levy that supports the state school of medicine at the University of North Dakota. The resolution sponsors are Reps. Wesley Belter, R-Fargo, and Craig Headland, R-Montpelier.
  • House Concurrent Resolution 3008: Would call for a 2014 general election vote on eliminating the names, locations and missions of North Dakota’s colleges and universities from the North Dakota Constitution. Sponsors of HCR 3008 are Reps. Mark Dosch, R-Bismarck, Lawrence Klemin, R-Bismarck, and Mike Schatz, R-New England, and Sens. Bill Bowman, R-Bowman, Margaret Sitte, R-Bismarck, and Terry Wanzek, R-Jamestown.
  • House Concurrent Resolution 3010: Calls for action by Congress and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to address access issues on Lake Sakakawea and Lake Oahe, or to return access to North Dakota from the corps of areas not necessary for flood control. It calls for a series of public hearings on the issue to be held in 2013 and to introduce legislation in Congress in 2014. Sponsoring the resolution are Reps. Vicky Steiner, R-Dickinson, Jeff Delzer, R-Underwood, Glen Froseth, R-Kenmare, Pat Hatlestad, R-Williston, Brenda Heller, R-Beulah, Gary Kreidt, R-New Salem, Vernon Laning, R-Bismarck, Karen Rohr, R-Mandan, and Jim Schmidt, R-Huff, and Sens. Stan Lyson, R-Williston, and Jessica Unruh, R-Beulah.
  • Senate Bill 2171: Would increase the income qualifications for those applying for the Homestead Property Tax Credit. Sponsoring SB2171 are Sens. Jerry Klein, R-Fessenden, Ronald Sorvaag, R-Fargo, and Jim Dotzenrod, D-Wyndmere, and Reps. Jason Dockter, R-Bismarck, Craig Headland, R-Montpelier, and Jim Schmidt, R-Huff.
  • Senate Bill 2183: Would amend the qualifications for those who can circulate petitions for initiated ballot measures and recall petitions. Petition circulators would have to be a North Dakota resident for at least three years and have voted in one of the previous two statewide elections not counting special elections. Currently, a circulator must be 18 years of age or older. SB2183 is sponsored by Sens. David Hogue, R-Minot, and Rich Wardner, R-Dickinson, and Reps. Al Carlson, R-Fargo, Larry Bellew, R-Minot, Lawrence Klemin, R-Bismarck, and Mike Nathe, R-Bismarck.

Reach Nick Smith at 250-8255 or 223-8482 or at nick.smith@bismarcktribune.com.

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