With the first legislative deadline arriving Monday, members of the North Dakota House introduced a flurry of new bills before they were to be restricted to five bills per legislator.
Lawmakers in the House introduced 119 new bills Monday. Among the bills that might prompt debate were, in ascending order of bill number:
* House Bill 1215: Would allow individuals with concealed weapon permits to carry them inside schools if a school district has authorized policy for doing so. Discussion on whether or not to adopt such policies by school boards would also be allowed to take place during executive session. Sponsoring HB1215 are Reps. Dwight Kiefert, R-Valley City, Bette Grande, R-Fargo, Craig Headland, R-Montpelier, Karen Karls, R-Bismarck, Kim Koppelman, R-West Fargo, Vernon Laning, R-Bismarck and Todd Porter, R-Mandan. Sens. Kelly Armstrong, R-Dickinson, Dwight Cook, R-Mandan, Dick Dever, R-Bismarck, David Hogue, R-Minot and Larry Luick, R-Fairmont co-sponsored the bill.
* House Bill 1234: Would amend exemptions for oil extraction taxes and also change stipulations for definition of stripper wells. Reps. Roscoe Streyle, R-Minot, Mark Owens, R-Grand Forks and Blair Thoreson, R-Fargo sponsored the bill along with Sen. Kelly Armstrong, R-Dickinson.
* House Bill 1239: Would cap the taxable valuation of property at a maximum 3 percent annual increase. Sponsoring HB1239 were Reps. Ben Koppelman, R-West Fargo, Rick Becker, R-Bismarck, Roger Brabandt, R-Minot, Bette Grande, R-Fargo, Kim Koppelman, R-West Fargo, Lisa Meier, R-Bismarck, Dan Ruby, R-Minot, Vicky Steiner, R-Dickinson and Sens. Kelly Armstrong, R-Dickinson, Tom Campbell, R-Grafton, Joe Miller, R-Park River, and Margaret Sitte, R-Bismarck.
* House Bill 1242: Would add a column on property owner’s annual property tax statement showing the dollar amount of property tax relief received via legislative appropriation. HB1242 sponsors are Reps. Ben Koppelman, R-West Fargo, Thomas Beadle, R-Fargo, Mark Dosch, R-Bismarck, Brenda Heller, R-Beulah, Jim Kasper, R-Fargo, Lisa Meier, R-Bismarck, Mark Owens, R-Grand Forks, Karen Rohr, R-Mandan, and Sens. Spencer Berry, R-Fargo, Tim Flakoll, R-Fargo, Lonnie Laffen, R-Grand Forks, and Donald Schaible, R-Mott.
* House Bill 1262: Would change sessions of the Legislature so that lawmakers meet for 45 days in odd-numbered years and 35 days in even-numbered years. Sponsors or HB1262 are Reps. Keith Kempenich, R-Bowman, Lois Delmore, D-Grand Forks, David Drovdal, R-Arnegard, Ed Gruchalla, D-Fargo, William Kretschmar, R-Venturia, Curtiss Kreun, R-Grand Forks, Vicky Steiner, R-Dickinson, and Sens. Joe Miller, R-Park River, and Ronald Sorvaag, R-Fargo.
* House Bill 1283: Would change law relating to concealed weapon permits to individuals in public places and allow individuals to carry a concealed weapon inside a church if leadership of the church permits it. Sponsors of HB1283 are Reps. Kim Koppelman, R-West Fargo, Randy Boehning, R-Fargo, Joe Heilman, R-Fargo, Jim Kasper, R-Fargo, Diane Larson, R-Bismarck, Dan Ruby, R-Minot, Blair Thoreson, R-Fargo, and Sen. Margaret Sitte, R-Bismarck.
* House Bill 1302: Would allow juvenile courts discretion to enroll underage drivers who test positive for driving under the influence into the state’s 24/7 Sobriety Program. Sponsoring HB1302 are Reps. Kim Koppelman, R-West Fargo, George Keiser, R-Bismarck, Dwight Kiefert, R-Valley City, Lawrence Klemin, R-Bismarck, Dan Ruby, R-Minot, Lois Delmore, D-Grand Forks and Sens. David Hogue, R-Minot, Larry Luick, R-Fairmont, Stan Lyson, R-Williston, Jim Dotzenrod, D-Wyndmere and David O’Connell, D-Lansford.
* House Bill 1305: Would make it a Class A misdemeanor for a physician to knowingly perform a sex-selective abortion or an abortion based on genetic abnormalities. Sponsors of HB 1305 are Reps. Bette Grande, R-Fargo, Roger Brabandt, R-Minot, Kim Koppelman, R-West Fargo, Vernon Laning, R-Bismarck, Karen Rohr, R-Mandan, Vicky Steiner, R-Dickinson, and Sens. Spencer Berry, R-Fargo, Randy Burckhard, R-Minot, Tom Campbell, R-Grafton, Dick Dever, R-Bismarck, Robert Erbele, R-Lehr, and David Hogue, R-Minot.
Through Monday, a total of 312 House Bills, 156 Senate Bills, four House Concurrent Resolutions and four Senate Concurrent Resolutions had been introduced.
The text of all House and Senate bills can be found by going to www.legis.nd.gov and clicking on the 63rd Assembly link on the main page. The public also can sign up for the legislative bill tracking system on the website’s main page.