Bills provide money for bridges, medical facility

2013-01-29T11:24:00Z Bills provide money for bridges, medical facilityBy NICK SMITH | Bismarck Tribune Bismarck Tribune

Members of the North Dakota Senate introduced a total of 55 new Senate bills Monday, the final day lawmakers in the chamber could file new legislation.

Taxes, infrastructure, water projects and an abortion bill were among the topics of bills submitted. Among Monday’s highlights:

  • Senate Bill 2328: Would provide approximately $95.7 million to the North Dakota Department of Transportation to repair and reconstruct county and township road bridges. It also would authorize an Upper Great Plains Transportation Institute study of all county and township road bridges in the state. Sponsors of SB2328 are Sens. Terry Wanzek, R-Jamestown, Gary Lee, R-Casselton, Larry Robinson, D-Valley City, and Reps. Michael Brandenburg, R-Edgeley, Dennis Johnson, R-Devils Lake, and Keith Kempenich, R-Bowman.
  • Senate Bill 2333: Would provide $55.7 million appropriation for the proposed new University of North Dakota School of Medicine facility. The funds would be contingent on the $68.3 million in the governor’s proposed budget being approved. Sponsors of SB2333 are Sens. Ray Holmberg, R-Grand Forks, Judy Lee, R-West Fargo, Larry Robinson, D-Valley City, and Reps. Lois Delmore, D-Grand Forks, Jon Nelson, R-Rugby, and Mark Sanford, R-Grand Forks.
  • Senate Bill 2359: Restricts industrial water sales for the Western Area Water Supply project to the 12 depots outlined in the original project plan. The bill also would require the price of water to be approved by the State Water Commission and would bar WAWS Authority from trying to restrict public or private sales of water. Sponsors of SB2359 are Sens. Randy Burckhard, R-Minot, Larry Luick, R-Fairmont, Connie Triplett, D-Grand Forks, and Reps. Mark Dosch, R-Bismarck, Keith Kempenich, R-Bowman, and Marvin Nelson, D-Rolla.
  • Senate Bill 2368: Requires a physician performing an abortion to test and determine how far along the pregnancy is. SB2368 also outlines requirements of documenting the procedure and bans abortions after 20 weeks unless it could seriously impact the health of the mother or be fatal. Sponsors of SB2368 are Sens. Joe Miller, R-Park River, Tom Campbell, R-Grafton, Donald Schaible, R-Mott, and Reps. Ben Koppelman, R-West Fargo, Diane Larson, R-Bismarck, and Karen Rohr, R-Mandan.

The next legislative deadline is Thursday. After Thursday no further resolutions can be introduced except for amendments to the state Constitution and study resolutions.

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