Legislation

HB 0004.1 - EDUCATION - Dependent Tuition Waiver - Discount and refunds - 2023

Intent of legislative bill:

  1. Refund-past years if veteran is retroactively awarded 100%
    1. Could possibly require general fund appropriations
    2. May have some resistance from schools and legislators
  2. Discounted on percent of disability
    1. Same as property tax
  3. NDCC 15-10-18.2 and 15-10-18.3

(From ND Veteran/Military Affairs Advisory Committee)

Fiscal note expected


68th Legislative Session - 2023 House Bill
Sponsors:
Committees:
Status Updates:
  • Proposed by NDVLC for possible bill sponsor
Categories:
  • Education
  • Financial
HB 0006 - FINANCIAL.PROPERTY TAX - Amend taxable value up to $300,00. Remove "Un-remarried" - 2023

Intent of legislative bill:

  1. Adjust taxable value credit on the first $8,100 to $13,500
    1. (=full and true value: $180,000 to $300,000)
    2. NDCC 57-02-08.8
  2. Remove “un-remarried” from surviving spouse eligibility Would match Federal VA DIC eligibility.
    1. Simplify the law so if VA determines eligibility for DIC-then qualify for ND property tax exemption
    2. NDCC 57-02-08.8 (1, 2 & 3)
    3. Fiscal not expected

68th Legislative Session - 2023 House Bill
Sponsors:
Committees:
Status Updates:
  • Proposed by NDVLC for possible bill sponsor
Categories:
  • Financial
  • Financial: Property Tax
  • Housing
HB 0013 - FINANCIAL.ND VETERANS AFFAIRS - Scan and digitize all DD214's and Veteran files at County and Tribal offices - 2023

Intent of legislative bill:

  1. Scan/digitize all Discharge paper (DD214’s, NGB22’s) and Veteran claims files
    1. County and Tribal VSO offices
  2. Available at local VSO office and ND Department of Veterans Affairs
  3. Securing paper copies, efficient retrieval of important documents

Fiscal note expected


68th Legislative Session - 2023 House Bill
Sponsors:
Committees:
Status Updates:
  • Proposed by NDVLC for possible bill sponsor
Categories:
  • Department of Veterans Affairs
  • Financial
HB 0014 - FINANCIAL - Grants to Veteran Service Organizations for Service Officers - 2023

Intent of legislative bill:

  1. Provide 2-$50,000 per biennium grants for National Service Officer’s

68th Legislative Session - 2023 House Bill
Sponsors:
Committees:
Status Updates:
  • Proposed by NDVLC for possible bill sponsor
Categories:
  • Financial
HB 1007 - BUDGET- ND Veterans Home - 2023

A BILL for an Act to provide an appropriation for defraying the expenses of the veterans' home.


68th Legislative Session - 2023 House Bill
Sponsors:
Committees:
Status Updates:
    • House Appropriations Hearing-Harvest Room
    • House Appropriations HR Committee Hearing - Harvest Room
Categories:
  • Budget
  • Veterans Home
HB 1025 - BUDGET. NDDVA - 2023

Intent of legislative Bill:

ND Veterans Affairs Budget Optional requests

Staff salary equity

  1. $289,710

Return 2 FTE

  1. Information Officer $150,000
  2. Veterans Benefits Specialist $164,000

Scanning project

  1. Scanning grant for all DD214’s in County and Tribal offices
  2. $70,000-$300,000 1 time funding

DAV van funding add one more vehicle & cost increase

  1. $40,000

68th Legislative Session - 2023 House Bill
Support:
Support
Sponsors:
Committees:
Status Updates:
  • Proposed by NDDDVA
    • House Appropriations HR Committee Hearing - Harvest Room
    • House Appropriations HR Committee Hearing - Harvest Room
Categories:
  • Budget
  • Department of Veterans Affairs
HB 1069 - NATIONAL GUARD Pay and Benefits for State Active Duty - 2023

Relating to the pay and benefits received by national guard members; to amend and reenact subsection 9 of section 37‑17.1‑05 of the North Dakota Century Code, relating to response to disasters or emergencies; and to repeal sections 37‑04‑08, 37‑04‑09, 37‑04‑11, 37‑04‑12, 37‑04‑13, and 37‑07‑05 of the North Dakota Century Code, relating to expenses and pay of officer and enlisted members of the national guard.


68th Legislative Session - 2023 House Bill
Status Updates:
  • Proposed by NDNG and supported by NDVLC
    • House GVA Committee Hearing - Pioneer Room
    • PASSED HOUSE 90-0
Categories:
  • National Guard Specific
HB 1109 - LAW & POLICY CHANGE - Add Definition of Military, Armed Forces and Uniformed Services - 2023

Intent of legislative bill:

  1. Update definition of Military, Armed Forces and Uniform Services Under  NDCC 37-01:
  2. Add to 37-01-01 Definitions
    1.  “Armed forces” means Army, Marine Corps, Navy, Air Force, Space Force and Coast Guard.
    2. “Military” means armed forces.
    3. “Uniformed services” means the armed forces, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Commissioned Officer Corps and the Commissioned Corps of the U.S. Public Health Service

No fiscal note expected


68th Legislative Session - 2023 House Bill
Status Updates:
  • Proposed by NDVLC for possible bill sponsor
    • House GVA Committee Hearing - Pioneer Room
    • House GVA Recommended DO PASS 13-0-0
    • PASSED House 93-0
Categories:
  • Law/Policy Change
  • Military Families Top Ten Key Issues
HB 1117 - APPRECIATION- Designate Veterans Memorial Bridge on State Highway 18 - 2023

Relating to designating the bridge on state highway 18 as the veterans memorial bridge; and to provide a continuing appropriation.


68th Legislative Session - 2023 House Bill
Committees:
Status Updates:
    • Bill Not Brought Through NDVLC
    • Committee Hearing - JW 327 E
    • Committe Recommends DO PASS 14-0-0
    • PASSED House 90-0
Categories:
  • Appreciation of Veterans and Military
HB 1120 - LAW & POLICY - Pledge of Allegiance at school and other board meetings - 2023

A BILL for an Act to amend and reenact sections 11-11-05 and 15.1-09-30, subsection 5 of section 15.1-19-03.1, and sections 40-06-02, 49-01-07, 54-16-01, and 54-17-02 of the North Dakota Century Code, relating to the recitation of the pledge of allegiance.


68th Legislative Session - 2023 House Bill
Status Updates:
  • Not Proposed to NDVLC
    • House GVA Committee Hearing - Pioneer Room
Categories:
  • Law/Policy Change
HB 1132 - EDUCATION MILITARY - Virtual Instruction of Military-Connected Students - 2023

Relating to virtual instruction of military-connected students; and to amend and reenact section 15.1‑20‑02 of the North Dakota Century Code, relating to compulsory school attendance.

Intent of Bill: Allow students of military parents who are transferred to or out of ND to attend beginning or end of school year in order to complete that year of schooling.

HOUSE ACTIONS:

Amended: added "Students with a medical condition, or students moving out of state"


68th Legislative Session - 2023 House Bill
Committees:
Status Updates:
    • Not proposed to NDVLC
    • Committee Hearing - Coteau AB Room
    • House Education Committee Recommended DO PASS 14-0-0
    • PASSED House 90-0
Categories:
  • Education
  • Law/Policy Change
  • Military Families Top Ten Key Issues
HB 1134 - APPRECIATION NATIONAL GUARD - Hunting and Fishing License fees for out of state National Guard Members - 2023

Relating to hunting and fishing license, permit, and application fees for out‑of‑state national guard members; and to amend and reenact section 20.1‑01‑02, subsection 3 of section 20.1‑03‑07.1, subsection 4 of section 20.1‑04‑12.1, and section 20.1‑06‑14 of the North Dakota Century Code, relating to hunting and fishing license, permit, and application fees for out‑of‑state national guard members.


68th Legislative Session - 2023 House Bill
Committees:
Status Updates:
  • Not Proposed to NDVLC
    • House Energy and Natural Resources Hearing -Room Coteau AB
Categories:
  • Appreciation of Veterans and Military
  • National Guard Specific
HB 1142 - FINANCIAL - Amend to allow Gaming funds to be donated to Veteran Service Organizations State Departments for administrative and operation expenses - 2023

Intent of legislative bill:

    1. Veteran Gaming income to be allowed for donation to and used for operation of State Veteran Service Organization Department administrative and operational expenses and programs
    2. NDCC 53-06.1-11.1 (2)
    3. No fiscal note expected

68th Legislative Session - 2023 House Bill
Status Updates:
    • House IBL Committee voted DO PASS 9-5
    • PASSED HOUSE as amended 86-6
Categories:
  • Financial
  • Law/Policy Change
HB 1150 - FINANCIAL - Teacher's retirement Fund Membership for Retired Military - 2023

Relating to an exception to membership in the teachers' fund for retirement for retired military personnel.

 


68th Legislative Session - 2023 House Bill
Committees:
Status Updates:
  • Not Proposed to NDVLC
    • Committee Hearing - Coteau AB Room
    • House Education Committee Recommended DO NOT PASS 10-4-0
    • PASSED House 54-37
Categories:
  • Appreciation of Veterans and Military
  • Financial
  • Law/Policy Change
HB 1157 - HOUSING - Funding for construction of a Fisher House in ND - 2023

A BILL for an Act to provide an appropriation to the department of veterans' affairs for providing grants for the construction of the Fisher house.

Intent of Bill...

  • Provide $500,000 from state funds for construction cost of Fisher House at the Fargo VA Health Care Services.

68th Legislative Session - 2023 House Bill
Support:
Support
Status Updates:
Categories:
  • Financial
  • Housing
HB 1172 - LAW & POLICY - Pledge of Allegiance verbiage cannot be altered - 2023

SECTION 1. A new section to chapter 54-06 of the North Dakota Century Code is created and enacted as follows: Pledge of allegiance. Notwithstanding any other provision of law, an executive branch officer or employee may not alter the language of the pledge of allegiance. The voluntary pledge is "I pledge allegiance to the flag, of the United States of America, and to the republic for which it stands, one nation, under God, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all."


68th Legislative Session - 2023 House Bill
Status Updates:
  • Not Proposed to NDVLC
    • House GVA Committee Hearing - Pioneer Room
Categories:
  • Law/Policy Change
HB 1182 - BURIAL & MEMORIAL - Funeral Honor Guard Stipend Funding - 2023

Intent of Legislative Bill:

  1. Funding to offset the cost of Veteran Service Organizations Honor Guard expenses
  2. Fiscal note expected: $200,000

Relating to creation of the military honors funeral funds and reimbursement for funeral services; to provide an appropriation; and to provide a continuing appropriation.


68th Legislative Session - 2023 House Bill
Status Updates:
  • Proposed by NDNG and NDDVA for possible bill sponsor
    • Committee Hearing- Pioneer Room
    • House Appropriations Hearing-Brynhild Hougland Room
Categories:
  • Burial & Memorial
  • Financial
HB 1193 - EMPLOYMENT.NATIONAL GUARD & RESERVE - Amend to Allow Military Leave during drill weekends - 2023

Intent of legislative bill:

  1. Allow Military Leave time for Drill and RMA duty pay.
    1. NDCC 37-01-25 (20 workdays)

                                No fiscal note expected

Title

Relating to leave of absence without loss of pay for military duties.


68th Legislative Session - 2023 House Bill
Status Updates:
  • Proposed by NDVLC for possible bill sponsor
    • House GVA Committee Hearing - Pioneer Room
    • PASSED HOUSE 92-0
Categories:
  • Employment
  • Law/Policy Change
  • National Guard Specific
HB 1196 - EDUCATION - Dependent Tuition Waiver- Amend: Prorated use and graduate level added - 2023

Intent of legislative bill:

  1. Pro-rated for part-time students (45 months or 10 Semesters)
    1. Example: ½ time status uses only ½ month or semester
    2. Currently even 1 class in a month=full month utilized
    3. Reason: Difficult for surviving spouse to go to school full time, work and take care of children.
  2. Used for bachelor’s or master’s etc.
    1. Allow 45 months or 10 Semesters for any educational goal
      1. Due to highbred classes
      2. If taking more than 12 credit hours and finish early-can continue towards masters etc.
  3. NDCC 15-10-18.2 and 15-10-18.3

(From ND Veteran/Military Affairs Advisory Committee)

No fiscal note expected

 


68th Legislative Session - 2023
Status Updates:
  • Proposed by NDVLC for possible bill sponsor
    • Committee Hearing - Coteau AB Room
    • House Education Committee Recommended DO PASS 12-0-2
    • PASSED House 91-0-3
Categories:
  • Education
  • Law/Policy Change
HB 1212 - APPRECIATION - Surviving Spouse Definition. Vehicle License Plates & Excise Tax, Property Tax, Tuition Waiver and remove "Unremarried" - 2023

Intent of legislative bill:

Allow any surviving spouse in receipt of VA dependency and indemnity compensation (DIC) to be eligible for 1 DAV (non-distinctive or standard) plate and exemption.

  1. Regardless if Veteran was eligible for or possessed DAV plate prior to death.
  2. NDCC 39-04-18 (2) (j)

(remove “Un-remarried” from law)

  1. Would match Federal VA DIC eligibility. Simplify the law so if VA determines eligibility for DIC-then qualify for ND DAV plate.
  2. NDCC 39-04-18

Include the exemption from the excise tax on vehicle purchases

  1. Retroactive DIC eligibility date used for excise tax refund
  2. NDCC 39-04-19(3)

Allow veteran and/or surviving spouse to purchase a “Vanity” or “Specialty” plate.

  1. Law currently allows veteran to “display either a distinctive license plate or a standard plate that does not identify the veteran as a veteran or disabled veteran which is issued by the department”
  2. NDCC 39-04-18 (2) (j)
  3. Minimal fiscal note expected

68th Legislative Session - 2023 House Bill
Status Updates:
  • Proposed by NDACTVSO for possible bill sponsor
    • House GVA Committee Hearing - Pioneer Room
Categories:
  • Appreciation of Veterans and Military
  • Law/Policy Change
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