North Dakota Legislative & Regulatory

Regulatory

Missouri River Energy Services regularly monitors state agencies to identify issues that might affect MRES or its municipal electric utility members. You can find information about the regulatory matters we are monitoring or participating in by clicking on this link to North Dakota Regulatory.

Legislative

Missouri River Energy Services continuously monitors bills introduced in the North Dakota Legislature that could affect electric utilities in the state. North Dakota's legislature meets only in odd-numbered years.

The 65th regular session of the Legislative Assembly convened January 3, 2017.

Below is a list of the House and Senate file numbers of each bill introduced before and during the 2017 session and a short summary of the effect of the bill. For more information about a particular bill, click on the bill number. 

NOTICE: The legislature's web site does not necessarily contain the latest status on any given bill. If you need up-to-the-minute information on legislation call the Legislative telephone room at (888) 635-3447 or (TTY: (800) 366-6888); or contact Deb Birgen at MRES.

North Dakota Legislative Guide

 

2017 House Bill Introductions

HB 1026: A bill to revise the One Call law: providing a 48 hour locate period excluding weekends/holidays and revising the One Call Board as a nine member board with various utility and city representation.
Status: Pre-filed bill. Assigned to House Industry, Business, & Labor Committee. Hearing set Jan. 4, 2017. Committee recommends Do Pass as amended (14-0) 1/5/17.  Sent to House floor. Passed House (91-1) 1/10/17; referred to Senate Industry, Business, and Labor.

HB 1028: A bill to extend the sales and use tax exemptions for construction materials for wind generation facilities.
Status: Pre-filed bill. Referred to Finance and Taxation. Set for hearing 1/24/17. Committee reports Do NOT Pass (13-1) 1/31/17.  Failed to Pass House (83-9) 2/1/17.

HB 1090: A bill clarifying that bids received by a public entity are exempt from open meetings law until all bids have been received and opened; all proposals received in response to an RFP are also exempt until an award is made.
Status: Introduced 1/3/17; referred to Government and Veterans Affairs. Set for hearing 1/6/17. Adopted by committee 1/6/17. Passed House (87-4) 1/12/17. Referred to Senate.

HB 1108: A bill that declares that information received by the state department of emergency services or by state and local intelligence center regarding cyber security threats, breaches, etc. are not subject to public records laws.
Status: Introduced 1/3/17; referred to Government and Veterans Affairs. Set for hearing 1/6/17. Committee reports Do Pass (14-0) 1/9/17. Sent to House floor. FAILED to pass House (50-42) 1/10/17. Reconsidered and re-referred to House Government and Veterans Affairs 1/11/17. Reported back as amended Do Pass (9-2) 11/30/17. Passed House (89-1) 2/2/17. Referred to Senate.

HB 1144:  A bill to revise siting statutes so that transmission siting and pipeline siting have their own distinct process.
Status: Introduced 1/3/17; referred to Energy And Natural Resources. Set for hearing 1/12/17. Committee recommends Do Pass (13-0) 1/17/17. Passed House (90-0) 1/19/17. Referred to Senate.

HB  1162 A bill to require a ND PSC study whenever there may be competition between a state agency or institution and private enterprise.
Status: Introduced 1/6/17; referred to Industry, Business and Labor. Set for hearing 1/16/17. Amended and recommend Do Pass (12-2) 1/26/17. Passed House (83-8) 1/31/17; referred to Senate.  

HB  1168: A bill to prohibit a political subdivision for paying for public employees to attend legislative meetings.
Status: Introduced 1/6/17; referred to Government & Veterans Affairs. Set for hearing 1/19/17. Committee recommends Do NOT Pass (14-0) 2/10/17.

HB 1181: A bill regarding the termination of wind option agreements and wind easements.
Status: Introduced 1/9/17; referred to Energy & Natural Resources. Set for hearing 1/20/17. Committee amends and recommends Do Pass (9-4) 2/13/17.

HB 1189: A bill to increase the threshold for public bidding.
Status: Introduced 1/9/17; referred to Government & Veterans Affairs. Set for hearing 1/19/17. Committee reports Do Pass (12-0) 1/20/17; referred to House floor. Passed House (93-0) 1/25/17.

HB 1191: A bill to require that when a political subdivision acquires a bank loan, the subdivision's auditor must be a signee to the loan.
Status: Introduced 1/9/17; referred to Political Subdivisions. Set for hearing 1/19/17. Committee reports Do Pass (14-0) 1/19/17. Passed House (89-0) 1/23/17.

HB 1209: A bill to establish a state department of Environmental Quality and to take on some of the duties of the State Department of Health.
Status: Introduced 1/9/17; referred to Energy & Natural Resources. Withdrawn from further consideration 1/16/17. 

HB 1229: A bill to allow landlords to purchase utility services for tenants.
Status: Introduced 1/9/17; referred to Political Subdivisions. Set for hearing 1/26/17. Reported back Do NOT Pass (8-6) 1/27/17. Failed to Pass House (16-77) 2/1/17.

HB 1290A bill to revise bidding for public improvements.
Status: Introduced 1/12/17; referred to Political Subdivisions. Set for hearing 1/27/17. Committee reports Do Pass (8-6) 1/31/17. Failed to pass House (61-29) 2/2/17.

HB 1298: A bill to prohibit counties, cities, and townships from contracting with lobbyists and prohibiting lobbyists from receiving public funds from political subdivisions.
Status: Introduced 1/12/17; referred to Government and Veterans Affairs Committee. Set for hearing 1/27/17. Committee recommends Do NOT Pass (13-1) 2/10/17.

HB 1345: A bill to revise various aspects of public records laws including defining personal information that is not public; clarifying that a public entity may not ask the reason a record is being requested, and guidelines for when a party is allowed to use their own devise to duplicate a record (e.g. cell phone pictures of records).
Status: Introduced 1/16/17; referred to Judiciary. Set for hearing 1/30/17. Committee reports Do Pass (14-0) 1/31/17. Passed House (91-0) 2/13/17.

HB 1372: A bill adding a supplemental wind generation tax.
Status: Introduced 1/16/17; referred to Finance & Taxation Committee. Set for hearng 2/1/17. Committee reports Do NOT Pass (14-0) 2/1/17. Failed to Pass House (89-0) 2/7/17.

HB 1385: A bill regarding municipal refunding bonds.
Status: Introduced 1/16/17; referred to Political Subdivisions. Set for hearing 2/9/17. Committee recommends Do Pass (11-1) 2/10/17.

HB 1398: A bill exempting certain Natural Gas Public Utilities from PSC rate jurisdiction upon request from the municipality.
Status: Introduced 1/16/17; referred to Government & Veterans Affairs. Set for hearing 2/2/17. Committee recommends Do NOT Pass (11-2) 2/9/17. 

HB 1410: A bill to change lobbyist disclosure forms, definition of lobbying. Bill also requires lobbyists report meals, beverages, registration, conference and other expenses.
Status: Introduced 1/16/17; referred to Government and Veterans Affairs Committee. Set for hearing 1/26/17.

HB 1431: A bill relating to the legislative ethics committee.
Status: Introduced 1/16/17; referred to Government and Veterans Affairs. Set for hearing 1/26/17.

 

2017 Senate Bill Introductions

SB 2031:A bill to revise the allocation of the revenue from the state coal conversion tax.
Status: Pre-filed bill. Set for hearing Jan. 4, 2017. Referred to Finance and Taxation Committee; set for hearing 1/4/17. Committee recommends Do Pass; referred to Senate Appropriations. Set for hearing 1/23/17. Committee recommends Do Pass (13-0) 2/10/17. Passed Senate (46-0) 2/13/17. 

SB 2134: A bill stating that North Dakota owns all mineral rights in area inundated by the Pick-Sloan flooding.
Status: Introduced 1/3/17; referred to Energy & Natural Resources Committee. Hearing set 1/12/17. Committee recommends Do Pass (6-1) 2/6/17. Passed Senate (37-9) 2/8/17.

SB 2146: A bill relating to public bid thresholds.
Status: Introduced 1/6/17; referred to Industry, Business and Labor. Set for hearing 1/17/17. Committee reports Do Pass (7-0) 1/18/17. Passed Senate (44-0) 1/19/17.

SB 2147: A bill relating to bond requirements for public improvement bidding.
Status: Introduced 1/6/17; referred to Industry, Business and Labor. Hearing set for 1/17/17. Committee reports Do Pass (7-0) 1/18/17. Passed Senate (43-1) 1/19/17.

SB 2168: A bill relating to public improvements.
Status: Introduced 1/10/17; referred to Political Subdivisions. Set for hearing 1/20/17. Committee recommends Do Pass (6-0) 1/30/17. Passed Senate (46-0) 2/1/17.

SB 2190: A bill revising bidding requirements for public improvements.
Status:  Introduced 1/11/17; referred to Political Subdivisions. Re-referred to Industry, Business and Labor committee. Set for hearing 1/25/17. Committee reports Do Pass as amended (6-1) 1/31/17. Passed Senate (27-19) 2/2/17.

SB 2199A bill clarifying that out of state businesses offering disaster assistance or emergency work are not considered ND entities for the purposes of ND tax laws.
Status: Introduced 1/12/17; referred to Finance and Taxation. Set for hearing 1/17/17. Committee reports Do Pass as amended (6-0) 2/7/17. Passed Senate (45-0) 2/9/17.

SB 2271: A bill regarding energy efficiency improvements.
Status: Introduced 1/17/17; referred to Industry, Business & Labor. Set for hearing 1/25/17. Committee amended and reports Do Pass (7-0) 2/2/17. Passed Senate (43-0) 2/6/17.

SB 2286: A bill relating to energy and transmission facility siting-limiting local zoning in certain siting processes.
Status: Introduced 1/18/17; referred to Energy and Natural Resources Committee. Set for hearing 2/9/17.

SB 2313: A bill limiting the duration of wind development easements; setting forth decommissioning requirements.
Status: Introduced 1/23/17; referred to Energy & Natural Resources committee. Set for hearing 2/9/17.

SB 2314: Prohibiting an IOU from passing on a rate increase that is due solely to legislative mandates in another state; particularly renewable mandates. Repealing the REO in favor of a policy of dispatching power on a cost basis.
Status: Introduced 1/23/17; referred to Energy and Natural Resources committee. Set for hearing 2/9/17.

SB 2327: A bill to create a Department of Environmental Quality and to transfer some of the duties of the Department of Health to the new department.
Status: Introduced 1/23/17; referred to Government and Veterans Affairs. Re-referred to Energy & Natural Resources. Set for hearing 2/10/17.

SB 2332: Revising how to place a valuation on condemned property.
Status: Introduced 1/23/17; referred to Political Subdivisions. Set for hearing 2/2/17.

SB 2336: Requiring the filing of contribution statements with by Secretary of State by ballot/measure committees; reporting the names and addresses of contributors of over $200, filed certified statements of out-of-state contributors, and a prohibition on accepting a single contribution that exceeds 50% of the total contributions from out of state persons.
Status: Introduced 1/23/17; referred to Government and Veterans Affairs. Set for hearing 2/3/17. Committee reports Do NOT Pass (3-2) 2/3/17. Failed to pass Senate (38-5) 2/6/17. 

SB 2343: A bill to prohibit using campaign funds for personal use, reporting of contributions and expenditures in a campaign, reporting names and addresses of contributors to a candidate or ballot measure of $200 or more.
Status: Introduced 1/23/17; referred to Government and Veterans Affairs. Set for hearing 2/2/17. Committee recommends Do Pass as amended (5-0) 2/6/17. Re-referred to Appropriations 2/7/17. Set for hearing 2/14/17.

SCR 4008A resolution asking the federal government to refrain from regulations that threaten affordability and reliability.
Status: Introduced 1/26/17; referred to Energy and Natural Resources. Set for hearing 2/16/17.